Children on the streets go through a number of difficult situations, they need have strength and power to cope with these difficult situations, and therefore they need to be resilient.
There are many different reasons why children run to the streets. Some of them go because of the influence of their friends, others are dumped by their parents on the street, others go there to look for food due to poverty, and others have no families to take care of them and they to go to the street looking for ways of survival.
When we are able to meet a child when they have just come to the street, it can be much easier to get them off the streets quickly, as they are less likely to have started taking drugs, less likely to have developed good friends and are less used to street life. However, the children who have been on the streets for a long time need a lot more rehabilitation to help them transition off the streets and back into the community.
When I started working with S.A.L.V.E. international, the first child for me to counsel and guide was very a complicated boy who likes being alone all the time and never really had close friends in his life. Jesse was met by the social workers at the S.A.L.V.E. drop in centre who encouraged him to come to the drop in centre; from there he was brought to the S.A.L.V.E. house for rehabilitation. I tried to be close to him and slowly by slowly he started talking to me and sharing with me his problem and the reasons why he decided to go to the street.
Jesse is a 15 year old boy from Mayuge; he had spent four years on the street because of the lack of parental care and love at his home. He stopped going to school from primary five, he had no mother and was staying with only a father and his step mother who were treating him badly. They abandoned him and he ended up coming to live on the street.
When I was counseling him I told him the importance of having social support learning from S.A.L.V.E.s resilience project, he understood this and started developing a skill of talking to others, playing with them and he was free to everybody. Actually he developed friendship and love to whoever would come to the land for rehabilitation activities to help the children at the S.A.L.V.E. house.
We are working with Jesse to find a relative he can be resettled to, who will give him the love and care that he deserves. But for now, he is happy at the S.A.L.V.E. house enjoying spending time with the staff and other children and appreciates the help we are able to give him and his friends.
We can only help children like Jesse thanks to you, our supporters. Together we shall succeed and help get more children off the streets