Our chosen Trust charity is Retrak. Retrak reaches out to the children who have been forgotten by their communities, children who have no one else to turn to and their vision is a world where no child is forced to live on the street. Retrak now operates in Uganda, Ethiopia, Malawi, Kenya, and Tanzania.
Their mission is:-
"To transform highly vulnerable children’s lives, preserve families, empower communities and give each of them a voice. We put children at the very heart of everything we do and will be fearless and tenacious in defending and promoting their rights"
See our school websites for more information on the work we have done with Retrak and the money we have raised.
On 12th April is the International Day of the Street Child.
As part of our work with Retrak, our trust charity for street children, we joined forces with them to help highlight the plight of street children through taking part in a social media campaign.
Children, in all our schools, lay down in the school hall (we were going to use the playground but it was wet) and they thought about what if would feel like to live on the streets - with no shelter, no food, no education and no protection.
It didn't feel right even though we were only pretending. However, for lots of children, in some parts of the world, it's a tragic reality.
Each night, more than 10,000 children are forced to sleep rough on the streets of Uganda in Africa.
Retrak took photo's of the activity we did, which they will use to raise awareness in their social media campaign.
As well as the activity, some of our children wrote sentences (using various sentence types learnt in literacy) to convey how they felt about the issue.
You can view the photo's and children's thoughts here:
Also, read Emile Sande's visit to a Retrak Centre through Red Nose Day.