Emmanuel is 16 years old and is an Acholi. He is an orphan who lost his parents in the war that has taken the lives of many living in Northern Uganda.
Emmanuel lived with his Uncle who was extremely poor and could not afford to feed or educate him. Emmanuel used to starve for days because they had no food.
Emmanuel and his friend Julius had heard of opportunities to make money in Kampala. They decided to travel there and soon realised that that there were no jobs for them. Emmanuel and Julius became street children and have survived in the streets for 5 years.
Shortly after this, Emmanuel came to the Abaana Street Reach Program for help. Emmanuel's entire upper body was covered in burns and his hands were skinless and raw from trying to put out the flames. His face was disfigured, part of his ear was missing and he couldn't talk or move his mouth due to the severity of his wounds.
The team immediately took Emmanuel to the Nsyambia hospital. The doctors were given instructions to treat him. Emmanuel had his wounds dressed and was moved to Abaana's Kyanja Medical Centre for treatment to continue. Over the last two months he has been living in one of our New Life Homes and has been seen by a doctor.
Every week hundreds of children attend our street reach program with similar stories. You can help these children get off the street and into homes where people care about what happens to them.
Our long term goal is to get as many of these children off the streets as possible and into good homes but until this happens we want to make sure that we provide help and support to these children while on the street. With the help of Fast4Africa money we aim to give these children regular vitamins, medical care and a good meal.