Wednesday, July 21, 2010

another kind of sad

We have some good friends here who work with street boys.  There are many reasons that the boys are on the streets here.  Some are orphans, but most have some family that they have left behind.  Some are kicked out of their homes for misbehavior, some leave on their own, some are rejected by their fathers' new wives, some are beaten and run away.  My friends work with the boys for 6 months in a day program.  They do education, job skill training, but most importantly they get them off the streets.  The boys agree to come.  The goal of their program is reunification with the families and back in school at the end of the 6 months.  They do a lot of work with the families and offer micro loans when the family reunites with the boys.  They have had a lot of success with this approach and do it on a small scale.  What is sad to me, is the boys who start and drop out because they can't stop the behaviors that they participate in on the streets.  Recently she to stop working with a couple boys because they wouldn't (couldn't) stop sniffing glue.  I witnessed this first hand when I was out with a friend a few weeks ago.  A young boy, probably 12 years old (one of the boys that left the program) came to us and talked with us for some time in a monotone voice with blood shot eyes that just stared at us.  He didn't make a lot of sense and said the same things over and over again. The entire time he kept sniffing from the bottle that he had up his arm hidden by his long sleeve shirt.  He made my heart ache.


Shawny said...

I had read somewhere that in some places parents will let their kids sniff glue because it takes away hunger pangs. I wonder if some of the boys started because of that? So sad :(

Carrie said...

Heartbreaking, but not surprising. In a world that offers no hope, why not just find ways to take the pain away!