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Jacket For Street Kids

Mbuyu Christmas Project

Many of you will know that over the last few months we have been raising funds towards handing out warm jackets to street kids as our Christmas project.

While the families we work with in the slums are very poor, we also have a great heart towards the street kidsβ€”these precious kids who have no one.

One day we hope to have a full time project to help these kids.

But for nowβ€”we will continue to do regular outreaches and projects to try and improve their lives some, and show them they aren’t forgotten.

Derick ( who was a street kid and now works for us) shared with us how one of the hardest things about being on the street, is how wet and cold it can get during the wet season.

When you are out in the elements with no jacket to keep you warm, you can imagine how hard that is.

So hence the Christmas project.

We raised enough money to give out 300 jackets! Which was incredibly exciting!

So along with the YWAM team who were here visiting and some of our Mbuyu team members we headed into the heart of Kampala, where many of the street kids live.

And as soon as we arrive we were reminded, that you can’t always plan things here in Uganda, and you have to be willing to go with the flow.

Sadly the day before the police had done large raids on the area, arresting street kids, and many of them had fled to neighbouring slums and streets.

So we weren't sure how many would be around or how it would go.

But we headed in to the church we had hired for the morning where we would meet the street kids. Derick, along with two current older street kids, who Derick knows, mobilised the street kids who were around and got them along to the church.

The church was also under construction, so we dealt with it being a construction zone and noisy at the same time.

We started off with maybe 50 kidsβ€”but by the end there were about 150 street kids.

Mostly boys ( but a few girls) from the age of about 7β€”18 or so.

The average would have been 10 and above but there were little one’s as well.

It was HEARTBREAKINGβ€”especially for my mama bear heart.

I just wanted to take all the kids home with me.

But sadly we can’t do that, and many of them have very big issues.

I would say more than half of them were high on something, many couldn’t stay awake or were clearly off in another world.

Many were sniffing whatever they had to sniff on ( glue, paint, alcohol) from inside their shirt.

It was eye opening for all of us, to see these young kids, who literally have no one caring for them.

...Except each other.

Derick shared a bit of his story with them, how he’d been a street kid and how he ended up where he is today.

Shared with them that even when life seems hopeless, not to give up and resort to hopeless measures, because you never know what is around the corner.