At night, lying in bed, Shafick Lukwago couldn’t sleep. He was kept awake by the memories of his behavior.
“I would spend my days disturbing people, abusing my friends; I wouldn’t find peace with my father,” recalls Shafick, who, instead of going to school, would wander around with a group of children taking drugs.
One day, Shafick’s friends dared him to open one of his neighbors’ padlocks and steal money. Afraid of his father’s reaction, he ran away from home and lived on the streets until he learned about AVSI’s Family Resilience Project (FARE).
For the last three years (2015-2018), FARE prevented separation and re-separation of children from their families in Kampala and in Wakiso Districts in Uganda. Supported by the USAID-funded ASPIRES project led by FHI360, AVSI, together with Retrak, Companionship of Works Association (COWA) and Fruits of Charity Foundation (FCF), was able to help 650 households, including 350 families deemed to be at high risk of child–family separation and 300 children alredy living outside of family care.
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