Homeless children and young people, in Manchester and Uganda, are inviting everyone to go on their free 45 minute audio tour, to experience the streets from their perspective.
The audio tour (available now), based in the Northern Quarter of Manchester, is designed to help others to better understand the experience of being a homeless young person. It encourages people to look at the streets differently, and shares real stories of homelessness on the way around.
This audio tour was created in collaboration with young people who have experienced homelessness and received services from YPSF and S.A.L.V.E. International. They wanted to show the true impact of living on the streets. That homelessness is a global problem, which is too often hidden and ignored.
For more information and to download the audio tour or to stream it online please visit our website: www.senseourstreets.com
Please note this Audio tour can also be listened to as an MP3 from anywhere in the world, it just has the most meaning when experienced on the streets of Manchester where it was designed.
“Some nights you just don’t sleep at all; you wander around to keep yourself warm and awake. If I do find somewhere to sleep on my own, I don’t get kicked out as much, I think it’s because I’m a girl. If I’m with lads, then we will be moved on. People obviously feel bad for me as most young people sleeping on the streets are boys. I don’t beg, I think it is degrading. Instead I’ll ask for a cig, or a pound. But because of the way I look people sometimes don’t believe I’m homeless. They think I’m just being cheeky, trying to scab off them.” Samantha, formerly homeless, aged 23 from Manchester.
“I chose to go on the street because of the terrible situation at home; however it wasn’t easy fending for myself. I started picking waste food from the dustbin. It was too smelly and sometimes I could see maggots moving in it. It didn’t taste right, but at least it made my stomach quiet, for a while. I regretted going on the street; I never wanted to be the boy in the rubbish skip. People in the community laugh at me and call me names.” Christopher, formerly homeless, aged 12, from Uganda.
Last week, Alfred, our street outreach manager was able to resettle Tom back home to his family after six years of living on the street.
Now 20 years old, Tom is determined to turn his life around and hopes to become a tailor in the future.
We are going to follow up on Tom regularly over the next few weeks to see how he settles at home and then asess the home situation to see if he needs our support to attend a tailoring course.
We are so happy to see Tom at home, away from the dangers of the streets.
Could you give the gift of education this Christmas? We are looking for a sponsor for Ivan.
Ivan was one of the children living on the streets who was arrested for being idle earlier this year. Our social workers managed to get him released from prison and resettle him home to his family. Unfortunately, they cannot afford to send him to school and so, to reduce the risk of him returning to the street, we enrolled him into school in September this year. He is doing well in school and very settled at home, away from the dangers of the streets.
We are now looking for someone who can sponsor Ivan to ensure that we can continue to support him in school and give him a future full of opportunties.
If you are interested in sponsoring Ivan for £15 a month, please get in touch with email@example.com or visit our website to find out more about Ivan and our sponsorship programme http://www.salveinternational.org/get-involved/meet-ivan/
Next Friday we are joining with our friends from The Pearl Trust for Uganda (UK) to dance the night away! We hope you've got your dancing feet ready - this is always such a brilliant fun event and a great way to stay warm as the nights get colder! :)
This seems like an appropriate message to share today
"When elephants fight - it's the grass that suffers."
Learn more about why a child might use Mafuta.
We need your help to build a specialist rehab centre to give children living on the streets of Jinja, Uganda, the opportunity to overcome drug addiction. Please support us, so we can support children on the streets to build a brighter future. Thank you.
To get into the festive spirit this year Nicola, Kat, Pete and Will are joining the amazing Helen Huthwaite's challenge 30 campaign to raise money for S.A.L.V.E. International by running the Yule Yomp festive 10km.
So we are offering you the once in a life time opportunity to make us dress up in a really silly festive costume. All you have to do is give a donation (no matter how big or small) and suggest your Christmas themed costume in the comments section.
It's nearly Christmas! And we have some beautiful cards, decorations and gifts available from our online shop! A great chance to buy something beautiful to share and change lives of children on the streets at the same time.
On BBC Radio Wiltshire today, Katherine, Head of our Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies (CATS) with Nicola (CEO of SALVE International) talking about helping Ugandan children living on the streets addicted to Mafuta (aeroplane fuel). (Relevant section from 2:25:26 to 2:32:00)
Not long to go now until the big end of year exams in Uganda where the results a student gets will determine if they will get promoted to the next year or not! We want to wish good luck to all the students! So it's a time of concentration, hard work and studying ... oh and posing for a photo or two of course!
My Turning Point: A powerful poem
I come from a scented flower garden, infested with buzzing bees. And their flowers are tasteful with nectars for the bees,
I come from a beautiful sponsor. I am so proud of her love which feels like a warm blanket.
I come from delicious hissing saucepans of rice and fish and this is my favourite school dish. It is scentful for me because it has a sweet aroma.
I come from a shy quiet boy and they made fun of my nose. This made me unhappy inside which felt like a loud hatred within my ears. I used not to bathe because the water was cold on my body.
I come from a difficult street life stealing heavy steel to make light money. Friends and skills….. I had none. My situation smelled bad like a dead dog.
I changed to reform and join a school which looked like a bright future. I wanted to change and replace the bad street smell with the school flower gardens.
I changed from the cold bars and cold floors from the prison and coughs when injured inside my lungs, and treatment I couldn’t reach, to treatment bought for me by Salve staff, the sponsors of my turning point.
I changed. I look polite and responsible. I sound humble and thoughtful. I smile discipline and respect. I taste sweet and generous. I feel handsome and friendly to everybody.
The dinosaurs are coming! At S.A.L.V.E. we believe in encouraging the young people we work with to believe in themselves and that anything is possible. So when one of the boys suggested we open a dinosaur park to raise income for S.A.L.V.E. to be able to help more children to leave the streets - our response was to get him a dinosaur! What do you think? Would you pay to come and see the S.A.L.V.E. dinosaur?
Sam tells us about what led Oscar to the streets and how, with SALVE's support and counselling from our social workers, he is now happily settled back home away from the dangers of life on the street.
This is why we do what we do at S.A.L.V.E. - A son is now happily settled at home safe away from the streets and in school thriving under partial sponsorship, believing in his future. While his mum has been on our business empowerment programme and has started a small charcoal business that is doing really well. She is an inspiration to others that hard work pays off - and she is now able to afford to send her other children to school through her earnings!
We want to say a HUGE good luck to Helen Huthwaite who is taking on the Venice Marathon for us today with only 9 toenails thanks to her epic year of challenges to raise funds for S.A.L.V.E. - find out more here:
Are you based in or near to London? Do you want to put on your dancing shoes for a wonderful cause? Then do we have the ceilidh for you! Please share far and wide - the more the merrier!
We had a lot of fun last week being film stars with Lee and Lexi from the wonderful RAWproductions as they came to Uganda to help us to make a short film about our work! We can't wait to see the finished piece!
The children feel proud of their dream catchers, which look beautiful dancing in the breeze, decorating our home and library for children who are leaving the streets.
We all agree with Eleanor, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”