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Hello…Uncle??!!

Two weeks ago one of the street kids was hanging around outside the gate. I had heard from Morris that they sometimes came around, but I hadn’t seen any of them thus far. I was on my way back from the market and Morris and the boys were playing their late afternoon football game. The...
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Tattoos on the Hearth

A dear friend Paige sent me the most amazing book. She mailed Morris and I each our own copy from Colorado to Uganda. It is one of the most priceless gifts I have ever received. My copy is dog-eared, the text is underline, highlighted, there are doodles all throughout the margins. It is well loved....
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A love story

This is a love story. No, no not what you’re thinking get your minds out of the dime-store romance novels. This is a love story between Jimmy and I. Last week I was with a group of people and someone asked me a rather simple question, “Why did you guys start Atin?” I could think...
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Faith Restored

There are quiet moments. This is one of them. I sit in silence in the office at Atin. The sounds of the world outside are muted to a low hum because the fan beside me is running at turbo speed, evidence of my own vain attempt to survive the intense heat of northern Uganda. The...
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I was a book worm

I am a book worm. I always have been. Books have always been my ticket to traveling the world as seeing different people and places. When I was a kid I used to hide in the closet with a flashlight so that I could read late into the night. I also ate extra carrots to...
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Jimmy

Age: 14 years old Birthplace: Otuke district in Amelo Village Their Story: Jimmy’s family had a lot of challenges and conflict so he lived with his grandmother. He worked digging the gardens and grazing the animals all day. JImmy left the home and lived on the streets for two years before Atin started helping him...
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Haron

Age: 16 years old Birthplace: Kole district in Acai Village Their Story: Haron has lost both of his parents. He tried to fend for himself in a poverty stricken home without the possibility of an education. He ended up living on the streets for two years collecting and selling scrap metal and working in the...
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Isaac

Age: 9 years old Birthplace: Lira District in Ngetta village Their Story: Isaac comes from a peasant family unable to afford to keep him in school. He had lived on the streets for five years before Atin started helping him in May of 2012. Isaac is hardworking, very social, and loves reading and playing football....
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