Davies is one of the residents of the Makululu Street Boys’ Home. Before that, he would disappear from home, collect plastic bottles, play games and smell glue. This was his childhood until 2018, when he ended up in Ciloto, where poor, abandoned and neglected children receive help.
African children face many challenges every day. In slums and villages, they need to source water, work, help at home. Education and food are a luxury. Sometimes they run away due to mistreatment or lose their family and have to fend for themselves. In Makululu, every fourth child is an orphan. It is estimated that there are over 5,000 unaccompanied children there. Their stories are all different. They were abandoned by their family or all of their relatives had died.
Davies did not recognize his biological father. His mother got into a relationship with another man, and despite having two children, they decided to break up. Davies’ mother looked after five children, but could not cope with raising them and keeping the house. Davies liked to play PlayStation, but he needed money for that. He started collecting plastic bottles with another boy. His everyday life began to be closely related to the street. He treated his mother badly, so her relatives decided to ask her stepfather for help. Davies went on vacation with him, but he did not feel well treated and accepted there. After returning, he returned to his old habits, and in order not to think about his problems, his behavior and not to feel sad, he began to smell glue. It was an escape. Two things kept him in the street: money and glue. This was his life in 2016. At the same time, there were ongoing actions, a fundraiser for children from Africa, specifically for those from Kabwe and the Makululu slum district. In July 2017, the first street boys moved to the orphanage.
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Fr. Michał, volunteers and employees began to visit children who lived on the street more and more often. One day Davies noticed them, and Fr. Michael approached him and invited him to Ciloto. He settled there in 2018. The classes allowed him to forget about his addiction, and the care he received made him feel needed. The first crisis came quickly when Davies found out that his mother had gone to see her ex-husband. The boy began to plan his escape with a friend. Fortunately, his mother visited him and explained that only in Ciloto would he be safe, he could get an education. By 2020, everything was fine. Unfortunately, during the coronavirus pandemic, classes were canceled and the school was closed. Davies, under the pressure of his colleagues who reminded him of his old addictions, fled. He lived on the street for 5 days, and on the 2nd day of his escape he returned to smelling glue. However, there was a longing for home, warmth, food and care. Davies returned to Ciloto.
Those few days on the street made me realize that my mother’s words were true, and it was only in Ciloto that I did not go hungry, insecure and suspicious of everyone. I’m back and I want to make the best of my time here. What do I like the most about Ciloto? School, work, prayer and football – he wrote in his letter to you.
There are different forms of aid in Africa. We try to provide children with food, education and upbringing. The collection for street children and those who are lonely continues. Join us and change the world for the better. Don’t wait! Give your support today and make children’s dreams of safety come true.