Since Wells of Hope focuses on the children of imprisoned parents, and this boy's "father" will most certainly be imprisoned, we were responding to a desperate request from the police to offer Wilson immediate protection .Early this week, I Posted the need on Facebook, I got overwhelming response from willing people who want to contribute to Willie's sponsorship.
As we sat in that dusty office, in the back of the local police holding yard, we greeted the accused child trafficker, and as Wells of Hope I communicated our desire to offer Wilson support during his "father's" incarceration. We pledged to care for, teach, and help Willie in any way possible for as long as necessary. This was difficult, especially because the criminal investigators were present and often chimed in to interrogate the accused during the meeting.
Knowing no other family but the man who betrayed him to his death, Willie cried when we took him away from that interview room. My heart as this boy cried and was hesitating to leave the room almost falling onto the floor.
Taken from whatever he once knew, he had no way of knowing that he was being delivered to the safe, loving care of Wells of Hope . It must have been a horrifyingly traumatic day for Willie.
Later, we left the police with Wilson, I hired a vehicle and took Willie to Wells of Hope Academy to start a new or transitional life. While on the way, he kept looking outside the vehicle not knowing where he was going, we could not talk much because he does not know any of our languages. He understands a little Kiswahili and Jaluo- spoken in Kenya. He had nothing on him apart from the T-Shirt and Jean Trouser and Shoes his “father” had clothed him to make him look neat, attractable and presentable to the buyer who would offer a good price. Since Saturday, he had not changed clothes.
While at the police investigators were amazingly helpful, and patiently explained that there is no governmental provision for any such children. Todd writes on his website about his experience
”The line level police officers have often contributed to the welfare of such children out of their own meager salaries. The Police officers explained that the government relies solely on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) such as Wells of Hope, for temporary custody of such vulnerable or abandoned children. We were shown a converted intermodal cargo container, in which as many as eight children may be housed for a few days at a time, in the custody of the police, while a few more often sleep on the floor of the open police reception area.”
I should add that Sometimes the container is not adequate, so children sleep at the police counter, and some children have been sexually abused there.
Todd a visiting missionary from Florida Jacksonville continues to say” Clearly, there is a need for missionary work, children's homes, and foster care in Uganda. Perhaps there is a need for humanitarian reform at a governmental level, but I have learned that governmental change is difficult, slow, and inadequate in Uganda. The response of Christ's hands and feet must not be to clutch the purse and tap the foot while waiting for social change, but should be to speed, feed, and meet the need.”
I want to thank Steve, Gina Todd and Cindy for being there while we rescued Wilson.
We were given a letter for referral requesting that Willie is given temporary custody. As we speak now, He is at the academy, .He is settling in there, we have given him food, shelter and clothes; he is playing with his friends and attend all programmes at the academy. Yesterday he attended his first bible study session conducted by Steve and Gina.
We cannot ascertain how long he will stay at Wells of Hope since the Police say they are still investigating the truth about Willie. We hope that even Willie as he develops a relationship with us, he will be able to tell us more about himself.
We welcome any support towards Wilson to buy him essential Sandals mattresses, bed sheets, suitcase and feeding while at Wells of Hope during this time as we determine how long he can be with us, otherwise we have friends who are willing to sponsor him once we are able to take on him a permanent basis.