Brian* was one of our first street connected children to be reintegrated through the street outreach sessions (without entering the URC). Four years on and the story of transformation and his journey of transformation is amazing!
“I have been on and off the streets about 5 times since I was first rescued in 2015. Each time I was taken back home, I was in a constant push and pull fight with my former life. Somehow street life always won in the pull.
I didn’t know how to control myself then, and so I always ran back to the ugly life of the streets. But the Social Workers from CTP- K kept looking for me and encouraging me to return home. They really cared to know what was going on in my life and they always listened and advised me on the right thing to do.
At first I gave in because I did not want to disappoint them. But then with time, I made friends with them and even began looking forward to their next visits and counselling sessions.
The sessions gave me a strong foundation from which to make my decisions.
I now understand that I am in charge of my life.
When I remember the worry I caused my Mother all the times I ran from home, I feel ashamed. She works so hard to care for my siblings and me since our Father passed on many years ago. There are times that I felt undeserving of her love, yet she was always there waiting to receive me when the social workers brought me back home.
I will shine in my studies and be successful so that she will be even prouder of me in her later years.
I have made a firm resolve to remain home and in school so that I can change the course of my life for the better. When I look back, I can’t imagine how much I was missing by being on the streets.”
* Name changed for child protection purposes