Finding lost families

Things are going from strength to strength at our Ewafe project for abandoned children. Our aim is to provide emergency care for children who become abandoned but we also want to provide a reintegration service. It is so important for children to grow up in a loving family and for those who have come from difficult backgrounds with many family issues it is vital that we give them the best chance to make good relationships with their immediate and extended families, even where they may have been separated for a long time. We are beginning to trace families of children who have become abandoned and this can be a time consuming, emotional and costly business. One child's story shows the complexity of situations like these:

Sarah (*name has been changed) was born in a small remote village very far from Kampala. She came to Kids Club as a 12 year old girl who had been abandoned in one of the most dangerous slums in Kampala. How did this happen? From her own reports, Sarah was sent by her birth family to work as a house girl (maid) for a family in Kampala. She came to an unknown city, where people speak a different language and worked around the house in exchange for food and accommodation. Cooking, cleaning, fetching water and child minding would have been her responsibilities at the age of 10. She says that the family she worked for suddenly moved away and abandoned her to fend for herself. With no means of communicating with her birth family and only the knowledge of the name of the village she came from she was all alone. She heard about Kids Club Kampala and came along, telling our volunteers her story. She is now under our Ewafe project and is going to school. We want to trace her family and send a social worker to her village to find out about her story, how and where her family are, why they sent her away and whether she could be resettled with any family member or extended family. Due to the lack of communication links in rural villages the only way to do this in Uganda is to make the long drive to the village and ask the local chiefs about the whereabouts of the family.

We believe that every child deserves this kind of care and effort and that it is really important to make sure we know the whole story about each child's situation so that we can create the best plan for the future of each child. However tracing families for each child can be costly and requires a lot of time and attention. Do you think you could support this project? If so please contact us

In Uganda families in extreme poverty can make drastic decisions about their child's future believing it is their child's best chance of survival without knowing what might happen in the future. We believe that in many cases, through education, advice and reconciliation families can be supported to look after their children, and if children cannot be reintegrated with their immediate families we would wish that where possible children could have a relationship with their long lost family members.