We heard about these two Swedish girls the other month and have been following their progress. LINK http://skitungarna2011.blogspot.com/2011/02/vad-i-hela-friden-ar-det-har.html
In short, two Swedish students went to Uganda. There, they helped set up a home and secure six street kids a school place. They went back to Sweden, confident that the orphanage was safe and secure and a good environment for the boys to grow up.
Not so. Soon, Emma and Therese learnt that the boys were being abused. Severely so. Physically, mentally. The environment, under the leadership of a not-at-all-nice man they call Director. Beatings, punishments, being locked in rooms for days on end. Not to mention going without food. Horrific.
Most people would feel pretty powerless being back in Sweden. What do you do?
Emma and Therese went back to Uganda. Went to the orphanage. Collected the boys – all 13 of them. Then they rented their own house and now live in Uganda, with their 13 boys whom they call “their brats”.
Emma and Theresa work around the clock to provide a safe and secure environment for their kids. They work, tirelessly, to be supportive, understanding and more grown up than they should be at this age – to have to deal with issues far beyond what most of us could handle.
They have a blog LINK http://skitungarna2011.blogspot.com/2011/02/vad-i-hela-friden-ar-det-har.html in which they write about their life there. They talk about the kids, their successes (and sometimes when things go wrong). The blog is in Swedish, but if you use Google Translate, just right-click and hit “translate to English” and you wil get a pretty good picture of what is happening.
Emma and Theresa fund raise, tirelessly, to cover the monthly running costs of the home for their boys. They are just trying to keep their promise; to give the boys a home, food, love, schooling – and thus, a future. They don’t need much to keep it going. But they need it, continuously, and it is getting harder and harder to keep asking.
We’ve been in touch with Emma lately and asked her to set up a “donate” button LINK http://skitungarna2011.blogspot.com/2011/02/vad-i-hela-friden-ar-det-har.html for non-Swedish donations. You will find this on the right hand side of the page.
Even if you don’t fancy donating, we are certain you will find their blog an inspiring and worthwhile read. LINK http://skitungarna2011.blogspot.com/2011/02/vad-i-hela-friden-ar-det-har.html
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