Get Involved with African Street Children (GI ASCO) is supported by GI Trust. The project started in January 2010 as a drop in day centre for street homeless children in Jinja, eastern Uganda – watch the ASCO Journey video above to see the conditions the boys were living in. In April 2010, the project was able to rent a house and become a residential home. A couple of months later, the boys started at local schools, most starting in P1 at a local primary school, with two of the boys attending Lords Mead Vocational College.
GI ASCO is currently providing complete care for 18 boys on the residential program, plus supporting 4 children within their extended family and 8 older boys who are now living semi-independently in the new Transition House which opened in 2015. None of the boys misuse substances and/or alcohol any longer. All are in good health or receiving appropriate medical treatment for ongoing conditions. All are in full time education, ranging from primary school up to university and vocational training programs. All have made positive changes to their lives and are on the paths to positive futures. GI ASCO is having a fantastic impact on the street children it has reached so far. The boys are thriving in their family environment and are growing into great young men. Two boys have now graduated from the Transition House, one has found employment and the other is looking for a job. One boy attends Kampala University and a second is about to start further education there. One boy is training as a builder at a vocational college.
GI ASCO receives referrals on a regular basis and is now focusing on helping to permanently rehabilitate as many vulnerable street children as it can back into their wider family communities.
Watch the GI ASCO boys talk about how the project has changed their lives.
Watch a video showing the day the project moved to the new GI ASCO House in April 2012
Originally structured as a local CBO, the project is now registered as a Ugandan International NGO called Get Involved with African Street Children (GI ASCO) (reg. no. 9015). The project director is Sarah Kelly, a qualified social worker from the UK, and it employs a warden, a newly appointed Ugandan trained social worker, 2 house support workers, a house supervisor, a relief house supervisor and a security guard. Local board members include Moses Wambi, a social worker, Rachel Sserwanga, Head of Economics at Kira High School and Rose-Ann Mutimba, a financial administrator.
GI ASCO’s address is Plot 1, Nalufenya Close, Jinja, Uganda
We need your help!
GI ASCO needs as much financial and practical support as possible. You can do this in a number of ways – by volunteering in Uganda, fundraising in the UK, sponsoring one of the boys, making a one off cash donation, donating clothes, books, pens or other teaching materials resources or simply telling your family and friends about the project.
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