The Street Children of Mbale

Written by Dr. Gregory Bartha

In mid March 2020 just as the pandemic was about to break out in Uganda,Pastor Simon Peter and I were driving through Mbale in the early evening. He commented on the many boys who were hanging around closed businesses. These were the street children who had no homes and were trying to survive by begging, doing odd jobs, or probably  stealing. Most had been driving out of their homes because their fathers had become physically abusive or had remarried, and the stepmothers wanted them to move out of the house. Many were using drugs or inhaling fumes from fuel bottles. They were often attacked by police or security guards. Pastor was very disturbed by this situation and wanted to do something to help.

He contacted some local government officials and relief organizations. All agreed that action had to be taken. With their blessing he gathered up about 100 of these children and transferred them to a secure location. Many were malnourished, had skin wounds and infections, and had inadequate clothing. We started a program of feeding, health care, vocational training, and spiritual development. The transformation of these children has been quite remarkable. They are well disciplined and eagerly participate in training activities.

This project is very expensive to operate. Other organizations are supportive but are unable to provide any funding. Pastor and I have been struggling to keep the programs going. We hope to transfer some of the children to stable homes or to vocational or traditional boarding schools.

3 thoughts on “The Street Children of Mbale

  1. John McElligott August 10, 2021 / 6:37 am

    Greg will be joining me on September 1st at the 75th anniversary of Odessa College and the dedication of the new medical science complex. Please join us!!!

  2. Anonymous August 10, 2021 / 11:44 am

    I made a contribution through First Pres in Midland for the Dr Bartha fund. Bob Ittner

  3. What's in the Water August 10, 2021 / 11:48 am

    Anyone else interested in supporting Dr Bartha’s mission can make financial contributions at the address below. All donations are Tax Deductible and can be mailed to:
    First Presbyterian Church

    800 West Texas St.

    Midland, TX 79701

    Please include: Dr Bartha Uganda Fund in the memo.

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