In Uganda specifically, we have many street people young and old who leave their homes to stay in ghettos and slam because of Uganda s balmy climate, nights are always cold with countless mosquitoes that transmit malaria which is a big threat to Ugandans.
Some children are very young but survive by their own industry for example pick food from rubbish, gathering plastic bottles, and scrap metals for sale. This is how most of them survive and one gets a meal today not sure of what to eat the next day.
These people live on the street for the rest of their lives, sleep on pavements, and can only move from town to town looking for food, work, and even begging.
They are liable to temptations like alcoholic drugs, immorality, stealing, patrol sniffing or any other things to numb their minds from misery faced every day.
WHY DO CHILDREN RUN AWAY TO STREETS?
According to the research made in 2016 the following reasons were discovered.
Polygamous families that can’t meet people’s needs as children are many in the family.
Homes that are materially and morally depriving, children resort to streets while others consider life on street better than that of rural areas.
Looking for jobs after children have failed to join schools they resort to streets with stress and depression.
Child headed families have also contributed to an increase of street children as well as orphans who do not have any body to support them.
Children abused or rejected by family members or forced into bad situations like early marriages disagree and go to street.
Escaping consequences resulting from wrong dids at their homes or communities for example stealing cases like defilement among others. Street people are considered useless by many people yet they should be seen as our children also and helped in all ways possible, they are beaten by anyone who has the inclination to do so and some are sexually abused.
Following the above findings, CAFH is helping street children in many districts of Uganda in areas of feeding and accommodation, medication, education, guidance, and counseling among others. A number of children are being formed in the district and regional formation homes and we are heading to the construction of CAFH permanent homes that shall ease service delivery.
Contributions for the above cause are welcome.