Tudabujja: Teaching Farming Skills to Street Children in Uganda

submission by joantownsend
Tudabujja: Teaching Farming Skills to Street Children in Uganda

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http://www.retrak.org

Describe the creative youth microprojects that your nonprofit would fundraise for if you win.

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The microprojects would sponsor street boys in Uganda to learn agricultural skills, enabling them to return to their home villages and contribute to the wellbeing of their families, decreasing the likelihood that they will return to the streets.

Boys stay at Retrak’s transitional home and training farm - Tudabujja, which means “we are being made new”. It provides children with space to adjust from street life to family life and teaches them the basic skills required for farming in their home environment. The boys receive theory lessons and actively participate in working the farm, which includes a wide range of livestock and crops.

Providing children with this period away from the streets in a family environment helps them to work through psychological trauma, develop a positive outlook for the future and learn valuable skills on the farm and in the classroom, ensuring that when they return to family and community life, they will adapt and settle more easily.

Explain how possibly gaining funding through the Give for Youth platform would better able you to complete these projects.

For many of the children that come into contact with Retrak, the only other alternative to street life is institutional care, which is costly and creates dependency. Reintegration via Tudabujja has proved successful as it creates a mutually beneficial and sustainable environment for the child, family and community. Furthermore, the skills that children gain at Tudabujja enable them to make sustainable contributions to their own and their family’s wellbeing.

Although, Retrak has witnessed success at Tudabujja over the years, there are still 10,000 children living on the streets in Kampala. As such, Retrak must continue to provide vital services for these children. To achieve this we need support from sources such as Microsoft’s Give for Youth Platform.

Retrak strongly believes that children should be based in a family environment. Thus, funding through the Give for Youth platform would allow Retrak to work towards its vision of a world where no child is forced to live on the streets.

Describe why your nonprofit is innovative and entrepreneurial.

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Retrak is committed to the belief that every child is unique, and that the best place for a child to grow and develop is with a family. This innovative approach differs from other interventions for street children since there is a commonly held belief that street children are not able to return to family-based care or become productive members of society. Our model acknowledges that the path away from street life is complex and can be prolonged and irregular. The key is to work with children and families to ensure that the problems that caused them to run away are addressed.

Retrak has started community prevention programs to build the capacity of families and communities to protect children and prevent vulnerable children being pushed to the street. In addition, Retrak introduced an innovative foster care program for street children in Uganda, which recognizes the importance of family and that recruits and trains potential foster carers in the event that a child to be fostered.

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love this charity and the work it does

by Nathanandjen
over 1 year ago | Reply

Great work!!

by haveiwon5pounds
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks everyone for your votes! We have only one more day left for voting so please make one last push to spread the word!

by townsendsindc
over 1 year ago | Reply

hey I so love tudabujja - I used to go and play there almost everyday from age zero to six so good luck tudabujja woooooooooooo

by suziw
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks Joan for flying the RETRAK flag in the States for so long - please VOTE now because you can be 100% sure Retrak 'does what it says on the tin' - bringing deep and lasting transformation to children.

by andy.j.williams.10
over 1 year ago | Reply

very little counts even if it seems like a drop in the ocean! Jajja

by fprgetmenot
over 1 year ago | Reply

Great Innovatite approach. good luck Retrak!!!!!!

by Sokolove
over 1 year ago | Reply

making a difference !!!!!!!!

by Mesch
over 1 year ago | Reply

making a difference !!!!!

by Mesch
over 1 year ago | Reply

Truly making a difference for children in Uganda ... congratulations Retrak

by Red Interactiva PCNE
over 1 year ago | Reply

Excellent initiative for the children of Uganda ... Good luck Retrak!!!!! :)

by Red Interactiva PCNE
over 1 year ago | Reply

fantastic innovative work - well done retrak!

by valfloy
over 1 year ago | Reply

Brilliant work,

by alison.bebbington
over 1 year ago | Reply

Brilliant the kids are awsome and need all the support we can give them. Thanks to all that work so hard to help them find a new life.Carole and David Gregory

by Gregs
over 1 year ago | Reply

Brilliant the kids are awsome and need all the support we can give them. Thanks to all that work so hard to help them find a new life.Carole and David Gregory

by Gregs
over 1 year ago | Reply

I love the way Retrak transforms children

by davidcairnsking
over 1 year ago | Reply

Retrak give hope to those who find little hope elsewhere and the means to bring a new purpose to life. This project encapsulates that philosophy and well worthy of a vote.

by sparkle82
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks so much to all who took time to vote today - keep going! Love all at Retrak.

by kathleenretrak
over 1 year ago | Reply

Awesome organisation, enabling children to become kids again and enabling them to rediscover their great potential

by nathan.gregory.5
over 1 year ago | Reply

It's on my Facebook and gonna be all over ppl at work to vote!! Amazing work being done and I've seen it first hand last November!! GOOD LUCK!!!

by lil.laugh.alot
over 1 year ago | Reply

Keep up the good work!

by ian.pettigrew.106
over 1 year ago | Reply

Great project that makes a real difference to children, families and communities.

by armadillo495
over 1 year ago | Reply

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