International Youth Week 2017

Between 7th and 12th August we’ll be celebrating International Youth Week and sharing some of the wonderful achievements of young people who have gone through our programmes. Over the course of the week, Global Giving are also doubling donations to our projects on our page here.

By supporting Retrak during International Youth Week, you will be helping young people just like Absolom:

Absolom left home when his parents separated and his mother could no longer fend for them. Wishing to pursue his education, he travelled to Kampala city in hope of finding work so that he would be able to go back to school. Unfortunately, life in the city was not at all what he expected.

Absolom joined Retrak Uganda after living on the street for more than one year, over the course of which he experienced much suffering. While at the drop-in centre, Absolom was able to access catch-up education.

Following his reintegration into a family environment, he completed secondary school and a University course. Thanks to his hard work and resolve, Absolom eventually became self-employed, something he had never expected to be possible.

Now, Absolom is an officer in the Ugandan Police Force. He says that he was inspired to join the Force because of the way that it guides people and helps to keep society in order. Most importantly, however, Absolom saw this as an opportunity to show young people that their circumstances can change for the better, and to help them along this path to a better life.

“I would like to thank Retrak in a very special way for all the support extended to me, to see that I am now a serving police officer in this country; and I request that Retrak continue to provide this kind of support for other young people of this nation who are still trapped in street life, so that they too can find an opportunity to come out of a life of hopelessness and find a better future, full of hope and productivity. Long live Retrak, God bless you.”