Nine-year old Rugiatu was staying in a house with her mother and other adults when her mother disappeared, abandoning her daughter to the streets of Bo. “I came home one evening to find out that my mother was not home," she told CRC case managers. "I went to see in our neighbor’s house, thinking she would come the next day. But since then, I have not seen her.” Rugiatu isn't sure of her mother's name, and has no idea where her mother may have gone.
After her mother's disappearance, Rugiatu squatted in various houses, and did odd jobs for money or food. A visitor from London learned about Rugiatu's situation and was moved to help her. The kind woman enrolled the child in school, provided food for her, and allowed her to occasionally stay at her home.
When the woman planned to return to London, she asked a neighbor named Lucia to care for Rugiatu. Lucia heard about the Child Reintegration Centre and contacted them for help. With the oversight of the Ministry of Social Welfare, the CRC enrolled Rugiatu in Tier 2 support and Lucia has happily agreed to become her caregiver.
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