*Children’s names have been changed to protect identities.
Miriam (10), and her siblings Jenny (9) and Ben (7) found themselves with nowhere to live when their mother was suffering from mental health problems and was admitted to hospital. They had no one to turn to. Both Jenny and Ben also suffer from sickle cell anaemia and were becoming very unwell without treatment. Our Ewafe Project gave them a safe place to live and took care of their medical and practical needs. Over the next weeks, they received counselling and support at our Ewafe Project Transitional Home. Our social workers worked with the family, including their Aunt to make a plan for the children to return home. Their mother is now out of hospital and with the additional help from their Aunt who now lives with them and regular support from our social workers they were able to return home. Another family back together.
Pauline was 5 years old when she was found on the streets by a passer by who took her to the police. The police could not find her family and with nowhere for her to stay they called Kids Club Kampala’s Ewafe Project. We took her in to our Ewafe Project Transitional Home and gave her a safe place to stay, new clothes, a warm bed and food. Pauline was scared and shy but our counsellors and social workers managed to help her to explain what had happened. After a little while, Pauline remembered the name of a nursery school she had attended. Our social workers wasted no time and went to find this nursery school. The nursery teacher did indeed know Pauline and led our social workers to where she had once lived, hoping to find her mother there. Sadly the neighbour informed us that she had moved to a new home but she did have her phone number. It turned out that Pauline and her mother had been in a busy market place in Kampala’s city centre when Pauline had got separated from her in the crowd. She had spent the whole night searching the city for her. She had been to 5 different police stations but had not been able to locate her daughter. Unfortunately the stations do not have a computer system that shares information with other stations and the passer by had brought Pauline to a different station in the city. Within a few weeks of Pauline’s disappearance we were able to reunite her with her mother. Many tears of joy were shed and another family was happily back together.
David was 5 years old when he and his mother ended up living on the streets because of poverty. His mother was suffering from a severe mental health issue and her family did not know where she and David were. When David’s mother was admitted to hospital there was nowhere for David to go and no family to contact. The hospital contacted Kids Club Kampala’s Ewafe Project and we took David in to our Ewafe Project Transitional Home. Over the next few weeks, with the help of authorities, our social workers amazingly managed to track down David’s uncle who lived in Kampala with his wife and children. David’s uncle and his wife were so delighted to have found him and so glad that he and his mother were safe. With his mother still very unwell in hospital, our social workers were able to reunite David with his uncle who runs his own business and has been able to take great care of David and enrol him in school.