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11 reasons to be hopeful from S.A.L.V.E.

2020 was not the year any of us expected. We have all been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in a multitude of ways, where our normal way of life was no longer possible. We have lost some incredible people to the disease, and others have lost their homes, their livelihoods, their educational opportunities and their good health and wellbeing.

It was an extremely challenging year, but also a time of coming together as a global community to help to support one another to get through as best as we can. Looking back at 2020, I am filled with hope that despite being told to stay apart physically, we found ways of being there for those most in need.

I am especially proud of how our team at S.A.L.V.E. rallied together to transform our services for children on the streets and their families, to be able to offer emergency care as quickly as we could. Here are 11 things we achieved in the last year as a global S.A.L.V.E. family – things that gave hope and a vital lifeline to many. Thank you for helping to make this possible – we are incredibly grateful for all the support you have given us to be able to achieve so much despite the difficult circumstances.

1: We supported 284 children on the streets

2: More children turned to S.A.L.V.E. for support

3: We cared for 10 children who would otherwise have been in jail

4: 67 children received care in our Halfway Homes

5: 16 boys received specialist care in our Drug Rehabilitation programme

6: We resettled 48 children safely home to their extended family

7: We are preparing 124 excited children to return to education in Jan 2021

8: We were proud that 11 young people graduated from our Educational Support

9: We trained and started up 40 businesses for families struggling due to poverty

10: During the main Ugandan COVID-19 lockdown we provided residential care to 84 children to have a safe place to stay away from the streets

11: We helped over 1,600 vulnerable people access vital counselling, food and soap to survive the lockdown

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