Retrak reaches out to the children who have been forgotten by their communities, children who have no one else to turn to.
Retrak’s mission is a world where no child is forced to live on the streets.
Retrak works to return street children to loving families through providing emergency shelter, counselling, food, medical care and education. Retrak supports these children and their famililes to have a bright and sustainable future.
We have been supporting the work of Retrak for over 12 years and have seen it grow from a Football based support project in Kampala called the Tiger’s Project (after the Tiger’s Club Football team) to a hugely respected international charity working with both street boys and girls in Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zimbabwe and Brazil.
Together, in 2016 you helped over 25,000 people who had experienced, or were at risk of, family separation so that fewer children were forced to live on the streets. We are proud that Retrak has successfully reintegrated over 1,000 children back into a loving family and community setting. Our work strengthening vulnerable families and communities has also prevented many more thousands of children from experiencing the trauma of life on the streets.
The 2015-2016 Annual review highlighted some amazing statistics including the fact that the outreach teams had engaged with over 4,700 street children; inviting them to one of the transition centres to access food, shelter, education and medical care. From transition many children are offered the opportunity to return to their original communities (usually with financial support and the possibility of beginning a small micro business or agricultural activity to support their community). If returning home is not an option many children are placed in caring and safe foster families or community settings and supported in their education or training.
Retrak also work to prevent children coming to the streets in the first place. They help create women’s Self-help groups and children well-being clubs; strengthening families and promoting parenting skills and education.
As a church we provide financial support and raise awareness with various activities such as the recent Retrak Mission Harvest Supper. Our prayers for the project are hugely valued. Some of the members of St John’s have also become individual donors.
For more details about the work of Retrak please see the website www.Retrak.org – or speak with Vivien our Retrak representative at St Johns.