From a group of neglected orphans living in a tree to a team of responsible, skilled adults with employment and – in many cases – a new faith in God, our projects with the street children in Kasese have been some of the most inspiring we have worked on.
The group of boys aged 10 to 18 were very much marginalised and left to fend for themselves after their parents died or deserted them. Our greatest challenge was how to support this street gang and instill in them a sense of self-discipline and citizenship while also teaching them practical skills.
In April 2011 we started an apprenticeship scheme with 13 of the boys, training them to be drivers, welders and mechanics. From this first group, three drivers graduated, one of whom, Joffrey, got a job with the police force and is now married. Three welders and two mechanics graduated.