A few weeks ago, as part of our Amasiko Street Children programme in Uganda, we picked up three young brothers, aged 6 to 12 years old, who were walking the streets of Kabale collecting scrap to sell.
We brought them to the Amasiko Drop-In Centre where our manager, Peace, was able to look after them and find out more about them. It was clear from the start that the brothers were not in a good state, and we could tell that things were not good at their home as they came to us each day with fresh injuries, sustained, they told us, from nightly beatings from their father.
We went to visit their father at the place where they stayed, and found that he was not of sound mind. Their mother had abandoned the family and their father was incapable of caring for them, and was often drunk, at which times the children were beaten. Local community members confirmed that the children were at serious risk which prompted our action for urgent intervention.
We were able to find temporary accommodation for the three brothers at The Shepherds Centre, a place of refuge for young male street children close to town, but this centre no longer has the capacity to care for the three brothers.
So they will shortly have to return home to their father and risk more beatings, or worse, unless we can find sponsors who will sponsor them to attend a boarding school, where they can not only start to receive an education, but just as importantly, if not more so, find a place of safety.
Will you Give a Uganda child a chance by sponsoring one or more of these brothers to go to school? The cost is £25 per month, less than the cost of two cups of coffee per week, which covers their education, boarding fees, uniforms and supplies. If you cannot make a long-term commitment to sponsorship then could you sponsor one or more for a period of 6 months or until we get a long-term sponsor?
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