Thursday, April 8, 2010
Journey to East Africa
Well I can hardly contain the excitement... I received the email today and I am finally embarking on the journey of a lifetime - 'Watoto Children's Village' in Uganda Africa. In 1994, Gary and Marliyn Skinner established Watoto Child Care Ministries as a compassionate response to the critical AIDS crisis confronting the East African nation of Uganda. Today Watoto is impacting the lives of more than 1,600 orphans - Uganda's most vulnerable children. Watoto's mission is to - Rescue a child, Raise a leader, Rebuild a nation. Homes are constructed to provide shelter for the most desperate children. These homes house eight children and a house mother. Watoto Children's Villages include clusters of these homes, primary and secondary classrooms, teachers' houses, a water project, medical clinic, nursery school, playgrounds, an agricultural project , a church and a community centre. The recently added baby home - 'The bullrushes' cares for abandoned babies in a loving, caring and nurturing environment and this is where I will be volunteering in the near future. To all the incredible people in my life I look forward to sharing this journey with you. So my amazing friends, join me in forging ahead with hope, purpose and destiny…. Together we can restore dignity and bring justice to the earth.
Uganda has endured the scourge of civil war and the deadly Aids epidemic.
- 12% of all Ugandan children under the age of 15 are orphans
- 1.7 million Ugandan children have been orphaned since the start of the epidemic
- There are currently 940,000 orphans living in Uganda
- This year there will 50 million AIDS orphans