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.