Grace Orphanage – Uganda
Current phase of support:
10 Double Orphans
0 Additional Children
(Served through school, feeding programs, rehabilitation, etc.)
Grace Orphanage is located in the eastern outskirts of Kampala, the capital city of Uganda.
73 SQ. MILE 1,659,600 POP.
If you are a child in Uganda, there is much to dread. In addition to extreme poverty and high incidences of malaria and AIDS, there is the ever-looming danger of conflict in this part of Africa. During the recent guerrilla conflict, thousands of children left their families to avoid abduction and recruitment into the Lord’s Resistance Army-acquiring for themselves the title of “Night Commuters” and facing extreme vulnerability to escape the rumored atrocities. While the guerrilla campaign is now under cease-fire, the country remains in crisis. An estimated 3.5 million children in Uganda are believed to be orphans due to either AIDS or violence.
Grace Orphanage stands as an island of compassion in this war-torn land.
Grace Orphanage was founded in 1999 when a local pastor and his wife saw the plight of orphans in their community. Many children had been orphaned because of the rampant spread of HIV/AIDS as well as the outbreak of civil war. With nowhere to live and no family left to care for them, these children were more susceptible than ever to violence, exploitation and disease. Joseph and Catherine Kagarama took orphans into their own home, trusting God alone to provide for their needs. They did this with prayers to somehow obtain funds to purchase a plot of land on which to build a home for children. God answered that prayer and they have been able to buy that land, but not build a home. Now, with a growing number of children, they are in need of a building with more space. The staff and children at Grace covet your prayers. This is a perfect opportunity to make a real, enduring change in the life of a child who has doubtless already been through so much more than we can imagine.
Serving Orphans Worldwide travels to every orphanage we partner with to ensure needs are legitimate and 100% of funds distributed goes to the livelihood of the children.
3 prominent issues
Issues have been identified by children who have faced or escaped these struggles in their region of the world.
UNAIDS estimates that 1.4 million people in Uganda are living with HIV/AIDs, with 190,000 of them being children. They also reported that nearly 1.1 million children have been orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Uganda.
UNICEF estimates that nearly 20,000 children have been abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda in the past two decades. These children face unimaginable atrocities, forced to fight and work as slaves.
The Worldbank indicates that nearly 25% of Uganda's population is living in poverty. For children, this poverty makes them even more vulnerable to exploitation and disease.
Although a caring place, the orphanage is quite small (only 2,000 square feet) and until recently, it lacked even basic amenities such as electricity and a stove for cooking. Although Serving Orphans Worldwide has made many improvements, an entirely new Grace Orphanage is desperately needed. Property has been purchased, but it will take an estimated $150,000 to construct a proper facility. They need your help in this life-altering transition.
The home works hard to feed the children three meals a day, something that might not have been common in their past situations. However, they still hope to improve in that area. The home hopes to purchase a chicken in order to provides eggs to sell and eat. The children are able to receive medical care upon sickness, but the home still needs financial support to administer necessary tests as well as hire a nurse to work in the home.
Grace Orphanage fosters an environment of love and restoration, seeing to the children's spiritual needs as well. They hope that their children will go on to minister to others in their community after they leave their care. The children attend church, but are still in need of their own Bibles and other story books. With your help, they could obtain these resources and further grow in the hope of God.
The home runs a primary school on the premises, giving the children an education they probably would not have gotten in their previous circumstances. The children who are enrolled in secondary schools or universities travel off-site to attend those. Because this is an extra cost, the home needs support in paying the tuition costs of these children. Many school supplies are needed in the home as well, and they pray that when they are able to build a new facility, they will also provide more classrooms for the children.