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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Watoto Children's Villages

I recently met a young lady from Uganda who is now working in the U.S. While telling me interesting stories about her homeland, she mentioned the villages that have sprung up to accommodate homeless children. Each home is under the care of a house mother who cares for up to seven children between the ages of 2 and 12. The goal is to provide a haven of security, peace, education, purpose and spiritual vitality.
Although I want to help, I'm always a bit reluctant to give money to children's programs that advertise, especially on television. Who knows where the money really goes.
This is different.
The young lady has sponsored a child and contributes a few dollars each month, and also visits the child when she returns home to Uganda so can give first hand updates. She told me of the wonderful Watoto program that teaches the children how to raise livestock and farm in an effort to build a village with sustainability. Many of the children go on to obtain medical and law degrees or other skills to support themselves.

They also have a choir that tours regularly.

There are many opportunities to make a difference in a child's life and I sent in a sponsor request today. (To sponsor a child is $35 a month).

In 2007, Watoto expanded its programme to northern Uganda in response to the cry of the former child soldier and greater community in this region, who bore the brunt of a senseless civil war. Working alongside the local government, community and other stakeholders on the ground; Watoto has been actively involved in making northern Uganda liveable again.

Take a look at their website for more info.



K9friend said...

Sounds like a worthy project indeed.

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Helen Ginger said...

Some of these kids have had such horrible experiences, you have to hope that they will have wonderful futures. You hope that for all kids, but especially those that have been so hurt.

Thanks for sharing the video.

Claire said...

Hi Ann,
Thanks for sharing about this organization. My parents and I traveled to Kenya in 2005 with Living Water International (another amazing organization) and I've always held a special place in my heart for Africa. I look forward to learning more about Watoto.