We are a small project currently under the registered Ugandan NGO ‘Alternative Care Initiatives’, with a huge heart for seeing children being reunited with their families. Love and justice is at the centre of all that we do. Since 2011 we have been reuniting children back to their families who have been stuck in orphanages, trafficked for international adoption, kidnapped or born in the Government Psychiatric Hospital.
We do in-depth investigations to find the families of the children we are working with and if it is appropriate the child goes back home. Post reunification we continue to visit the children and their families regularly. Usually poverty is the reason for the family separation so we help to economically empower the family and if family mediation is needed we help to facilitate that too. There have been a wide range of businesses set up by families on our programme including barber shops, dry cleaning, animal husbandry, clothes shops, hair salon, farming etc.
Keren Riley is the founder of the project and performs a number of roles including advocate, investigator and photographer. She has been living in Uganda and working in this field since 2010. She is an adoptive parent of a Ugandan son who is now an adult and he is one of the inspirations behind the work that she does. Her background is in the performing and visual arts, but ever since she adopted her son in 2005 she has also become passionate about the issues surrounding children in institutional care and children without parental care in Uganda. She channels that passion into the heart of Reunite.
Benjamin Makune works part time for Reunite. As a previous Senior Police Investigator for the Ugandan CID he brings his expertise to the investigative side of Reunites programme . For the last three years Benjamin has also been the foster father to three special needs teenagers who lived the majority of their lives in institutional care and the teenagers have flourished under his and his wifes care.