Our values express what Retrak believes in and how we will behave. They are all equally important, there is no hierarchy, they drive us, and are universally applicable. Our values are underpinned by our Christian faith. This means we embrace all people, valuing their diversity and difference, so that no one is excluded, forgotten or ignored.
Believing that every single child matters, we will question, speak out and act boldly on behalf of street children so that real and lasting change becomes their reality.
We hold ourselves accountable for the delivery of high quality, equitable services, which adapt to the unique needs of each child, family and community.
Street children are often ignored or unseen, we invest in innovative opportunities and use research and technology creatively to increase their visibility and voice.
We are committed to transparent, fair, unbiased and mutually respectful relations with all of our stakeholders.
Retrak is a faith-based UK charity, part of the Hope for Justice family. Our vision is a world where no child is forced to live on street. Our mission is to transform highly vulnerable children’s lives, preserve families, and empower communities. We put children at the heart of everything we do and we will defend and promote their rights.
Often abused or violated on the street and on the very fringe of society, these children eke out an existence, begging or scavenging. Our aim is that these children will find a sustainable path away from the streets to a family-based home where they can flourish, grow safely, and fulfil their dreams. There are many reasons why children end up living on the streets, but the background is always poverty. Children tell us their main reason is family breakdown, like the death of one or both parents. Poverty creates an environment where families do not have the resilience deal with this. We aim to build resilience in children, families and communities by ending poverty, everywhere.
Retrak began in Uganda in 1994 as a football club called the Tigers Club Project. This club provided street children with the opportunity for play and escape their problems. In 1997 the organisation registered in Uganda and became a charity in the UK. Retrak has grown from these roots and now operates in Uganda, Ethiopia, Malawi and Kenya. Retrak has also trained partner organisations in Mozambique, DRC and Zimbabwe. Retrak is also involved in groundbreaking research working with organisations across the globe from Mexico to Cambodia.
Our work begins with outreach on the streets, and is supported by pioneering foster care, independent living and self-help groups. This beginning-to-end approach has helped children to return home to their immediate or biological families and is hugely successful with 80% of children we’ve helped staying off the street for at least 2 years.
In 2018, Retrak became part of the Hope for Justice family. Bringing together the two organisations will provide a more effective force to identify and rescue vulnerable people of all ages from modern slavery, to help them heal into new lives in freedom, and to campaign for change.
The missions, aims and programmes of Retrak and Hope for Justice are highly complementary, making the two charities an ideal fit. Street children are incredibly vulnerable to trafficking and are often targeted by predatory gangs who force them into sexual exploitation, domestic servitude and forced labour. Helping street children and getting them to safe, caring families massively reduces their vulnerability to predatory traffickers.
As part of Hope for Justice, Retrak will continue its world-class outreach and aftercare work with individuals, and will work for structural reform. The combined organisation will be active on four continents: Europe, Africa, North America and Asia. Best practice from both organisations will allow improvements in frontline programmes, and the enhanced size and scope will translate into a bigger impact on the global stage when campaigning and advocating for change at the national and international level, while reducing management and support costs.
Meet the Team
Ian PettigrewChairman (Board Member)
Ian chairs our Impact & Learning sub-comittee. Outside of Retrak, Ian runs Kingfisher Coaching and he is a lay minister (Reader) in the Church of England
Val FloyTrustee (Board Member)
Val chairs our Finance & Risk subcommittee. She has experience of managing programmes focused on disadvantaged children in the international sector, East Africa and Eastern Europe
Diana WhiteTrustee (Board Member)
Diana is a passionate supporter of our vision to create a world where no child is forced to live on the streets
Terry BebbingtonTrustee (Board Member)
A retired police officer, Terry is a long-term volunteer with Retrak having visited our programmes in Africa
Rachel StoeterTrustee (Board Member)
Rachel is an anesthesiologist at a local hospital & a passionate supporter of Retrak's work
Judi CumberlandTrustee (Board Member)
Judi works with World Vision UK on their strategy & risk management
Bridget FenwickTrustee (Board Member)
Bridget is an educational specialist and adviser for organisations such as CAFOD
Sir Peter FahyCEO (Executive Team)
A former police officer for 34 years, Sir Peter has had a close partnership with Retrak since 2009 while he was Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police. Having visited many street child programmes in Africa, Sir Peter became Retrak’s CEO in November 2015
Steve ThomasFinance Director (Executive Team)
Delivering value for money by improving our performance & efficiency, Steve drives Retrak's processes & contract negotiation skills
Maggie CrewesDirector of Programmes (Executive Team)
Maggie oversees all our programme work, as well as carrying out team training and is Retrak’s overall child protection officer.