Update on the injured children in Uganda

As many of you will know, in October a tragic accident occurred when 28 of our young people and two of our staff were hit by a speeding car whilst on their way to play football. Ten of the children were seriously injured, four of them critically. Six weeks on, we are pleased to report that all the children have now been discharged from hospital and are back at our centre recovering.

Eight of the children have ongoing appointments with doctors to review their progress and we are pleased to report that seven of them are progressing well.

One child, 8, who sustained a head injury, is making slow but positive progress and may well need further surgery.

The most seriously injured is a 7 year old boy whose leg could not be saved and was amputated above the knee. He was the last to leave hospital and is now receiving care and support from our staff, and his friends, at our centre.

The Retrak Uganda staff have worked tirelessly to care for all of the children involved in the incident, and have been an incredible support throughout challenging circumstances. To help both our young people and staff overcome psychological trauma from the accident, a psychologist is conducting individual sessions with everyone affected and is developing a long-term recovery plans for each individual.

Following the accident we launched an appeal to raise £20,000 to cover the immediate and ongoing medical costs to help the children recover. We would like to thank everyone who contributed so generously and sent the children, through the Retrak UK office, so many kind words of support which have been passed to the children and our colleagues in Kampala. Through the generosity of our supporters and our partner the Human Dignity Foundation, we are now able to close the appeal, having raised the £20,000 that was so desperately needed. The young boy who lost his leg will be fitted with a prosthetic limb – an incredibly rare occurrence for a homeless child – and we are so very grateful to everyone who helped give him the best possible start to his recovery. He said: “I thank God for sparing my life because I am still alive and everyone who has endeavoured to help me to cope with the situation”.

Another boy who was injured says: “I thought my life was not going to come back to normal, when I recall the time seeing myself in a pool of blood laying on the ground helplessly. But I thank God for the support, time, love and care that the organization showed us, and doctors running up and down trying to save our lives. It put a smile on my face.”

We have now closed the medical appeal, but if you would like to donate to Retrak generally you can do so here. If you would like to pass on any messages of support to the children and staff in our Kampala centre, you can do so here.

Thank you.