Retrak is a faith-based UK charity. Their vision is a world where no child is forced to live on street. Their mission is to transform highly vulnerable children’s lives, preserve families, and empower communities. Retrak puts children at the heart of everything they do and Retrak will defend and promote their rights.
Often abused or violated on the street and on the very fringe of society, these children eke out an existence, begging or scavenging. Their aim is that these children will find a sustainable path away from the streets to a family-based home where they can flourish, grow safely, and fulfil their dreams. There are many reasons why children end up living on the streets, but the background is always poverty. Children tell us their main reason is family breakdown, like the death of one or both parents. Poverty creates an environment where families do not have the resilience deal with this. Retrak aims to build resilience in children, families and communities by ending poverty, everywhere.
Retrak began in Uganda in 1994 as a football club called the Tigers Club Project. This club provided street children with the opportunity for play and escape their problems. In 1997 the organisation registered in Uganda and became a charity in the UK. Retrak has grown from these roots and now operates in Uganda, Ethiopia, Malawi, Kenya, and Tanzania. Retrak has also trained partner organisations in Mozambique, DRC and Zimbabwe. Retrak is also involved in ground breaking research working with organisations across the globe from Mexico to Cambodia. Retrak also has a sister organisation, Retrak America.
Their work begins with outreach on the streets, and is supported by pioneering foster care, independent living and self-help groups. This beginning-to-end approach has helped children to return home to their immediate or biological families and is hugely successful with 80% of children they have helped staying off the street for at least 2 years.
Retrak works to transform highly vulnerable children’s lives, preserve families, empower communities and give each of them a voice. Retrak puts children at the very heart of everything they do and will be fearless and tenacious in defending and promoting their rights.
The values express what Retrak believes in and how they will behave. They are all equally important, there is no hierarchy, they drive us, and are universally applicable. Their values are underpinned by their Christian faith. This means they embrace all people, valuing their diversity and difference, so that no one is excluded, forgotten or ignored.