S.A.L.V.E. (Support and Love Via Education) International is a small UK and Ugandan charity based in Manchester working hard to reduce the number of children on the streets of Jinja, Uganda through education. They support children living on the streets to return to their families and to re-enter education.
Where it is not possible to arrange for the child to resettle home straight away they provide a caring place for the child at the S.A.L.V.E. halfway home and support the child’s education while preparing for their future family resettlement. They launched a new residential programme in 2017 to provide drug rehabilitation for children who are addicted to sniffing aeroplane fuel as a way of coping with life on the streets.
The organisation runs a street outreach service in Jinja town which is accessed by up to 40 children daily. This allows their staff to build trusting relationships with the children and to assist them to take the first steps in accessing their services and to support them until their eventual move home. They run business skills development projects for the families of children on the streets to help increase incomes and to secure the children at home. They also run campaigns at a local, national and international level and are members of street child bodies which challenge discrimination against children on the streets.
Their work in Manchester helps to provide the funding and additional advocacy, research and programme development support to their team in Uganda.