The World Bank approximates that 1/2 the people in the world today live on less than $2 per day. And about one billion of these poor people actually live on less than $1 per day. A huge portion of least of these are children.
The Calvary Orphan Outreach Ministry would like to introduce you to each one of the 19 orphaned children that reside at the Faith Community Church and Orphan Home in Jinja, Uganda. It is helpful to actually see the faces of children that have been saved from the streets of Uganda and given a second chance at life.
Not only have these children been given a second chance at life, they have been given a second chance at attaining eternal, everlasting life through knowing Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. The ministry staff at the church and orphan home have shown these children the great love OF Christ while at the same time instilling a deep love FOR Christ.
Joan Mukite was born on June 20, 2002 in the Kidaalo Village, Mayuge District. Joan's father died and her mother was not employed, so Joan's mom left Joan with an aunt when she went off to get married again. Her aunt lived in horrific poverty and was already caring for her five children, so she found herself unable to care for Joan. Joan had dropped out of school and lost all hope for a future with a family. When the church heard about her situation, they invited her to be a part of the home. Joan was so excited to finally have a home and a loving, supportive family. She was so excited to be able to return to school (level P4) and she is doing very well in class. Now God has given back to her a roof over her head, wonderful siblings, parents who love her, and hope for her future. It's another wonderfully crafted stories of God's grace and redemption.
Gerald was born in the Nakazigo Village in the Bunya District on October 11, 2001. Shortly after he was born, his father passed away leaving his mother alone to parent 4 children. Gerald's mother could not handle the stress and the helplessness of being a homeless mother/widow, so she abandoned the children and went away to marry again. Gerald’s older brother went to fend for himself in another city and Gerald’s two sisters were sold into marriage at the ages of 14 and 16. Gerald went to live with his uncle who was unable to care for Gerald since he already had a large family of his own. When Gerald’s plight was brought to the attention of the orphan home in Jinja, he was severely malnourished and naked. By God’s providence, Gerald has a new home and a large loving family with 19 new brothers and sisters.
Abel is a 10-year-old boy who has been living at the orphan home of the Faith Community Church in Jinja since the home was built in 2008. Abel's mother brought Abel to the orphan home after his father left the family and she found herself trying to care for 4 children on her own. His two older brothers were old enough to leave for university and/or work and his mother kept Abel's younger sister. Abel is a very bright, intelligent, athletic young man who seems to be flourishing at the orphan home. He does have infrequent contact with his mother and siblings.
Abel, Steven, and Agnes
Daniel Kinalwa was born on 12 August 2002 in Kikondo Village, Uganda. In 2006 Daniel's father was kidnapped and killed and his body was thrown into a lake. This tragedy left his family in a stressful state and misfortunes soon followed, Daniel's mother left the children with their grandparents and went to live in another village where she later got remarried. Two years later Daniel's mother died when she was delivering a baby, so Daniel and his younger sister were left without any parents. Their grandpa could no longer continue taking care of them and Daniel became very ill. When the orphan home found Daniel he was paralyzed and couldn't walk due to high blood pressure. Daniel is now completely healthy and lives at the orphan home in Jinja, but his younger sister still lives with their grandfather in the village.
Anisha was born on May 13, 2003 in a small village called Iganga into an extremely poor family. Anisha is the youngest of four children who lost their parents in 2007. Their uncle decided to take care of them for a while, but he soon realized he could not care for his nieces and nephews in addition to his own children. Since Anisha’s family was so very poor, the four kids would sometimes go without food for some days. When the Faith Community Church orphan home staff found Anisha, she was severely malnourished and walking through the streets naked. The orphan home staff says, "We brought her to our home for care and now she is jumping in Jesus' name."
Jen, Anisha, and Doug.
Victo was born in June of 2000 in the Kigamdaalo Village, Bunya District. Her mother died in 2008 and her father could no longer care for her and her older sister. Her father had to travel to the city to work and he would have to leave Victo and her sister alone all day at home. She is currently at the P4 grade level.
Shadia's date of birth is unknown, but it is assumed that she is around 7 years old. Shadia is from a muslim family and when her mother died, her father's other wives refused to care for Shadia. Shadia was given to the orphan home when it started in 2008. She is currently at the P3 grade level in school.
Justine was born in 2001 in the Namisu Village, Mayuge District. She has two brothers, but her mother died and their father turned to alcohol. Her father had no desire to take care of Justine, so she was taken to the orphan home.
Isaac was born on Feb. 5, 2002 in the Kigandgaloo Village, Bunya District. He has two older brothers, but when his father died, his mother found it too hard to care for him anymore. Isaac took this very hard and found it difficult to adjust to living at the orphan home. He has now calmed down and feels at home with the other children. He is currently at the P3 grade level in school.
Ritah was a twin who was born on December 31, 2000 in the village of Nakato. She was born into terrible living conditions and her twin died from hunger. When Ritah's father died, her mother could not care for Ritah and her two living brothers. Ritah was referred to the orphan home where she now thrives and attends school at the P4 grade level.
Elijah's exact date of birth in unknown, but he was born some time in 2000 in the village of Bugono, Iganga District. He was left with neighbors when both of his parents died, but the neighbors were unable to care for him and his two siblings. Elijah has an older brother and a younger sister. All three of these children were left naked on the side of the road. Elijah was brought to the orphan home, however the location of his siblings is currently unknown.
Babra is around 13 years old, but the exact date of her birth is not currently known. She was born in Mafubira in the Jinja District. Her father died when she was 7 years old and her mother had to give her up because she was unable to care for Babra and her 3 other siblings. Babra's mother used to attend the Faith Community Church, so she asked the orphan home to take in Babra. Babra is one of the oldest children at the home and she has become the mother hen to many of the younger orphans.
Janet was born sometime in 2000 in the Nawandegeya District. Her mother was single, but got remarried and her new husband did not want to care for Janet. She was very sick when she arrived at the orphan home, but has recovered and is now flourishing. She is at the P5 grade level in school.
Jamada was born in 2000 in the Kasambira Village, Jinja District. When both his parents died, he and his two siblings were left with extended family members who could not afford to care for the three children. He has done very well at the orphan home and is currently at the P3 grade level in school.
Mwajuma was born on October 9, 1999 in the Bugoto Village. When she was 3 years old, her father died and her mother could not care for her and her 3 siblings. She is the youngest child with 1 older brother and 2 older sisters. A local Bugoto pastor introduced her mother to Pastor Sam in 2008 and Pastor Sam accepted Mwajuma into the orphan home.
Martha was born on Christmas Eve in 2000 (Dec. 24, 2000) in the Luuka Village. Her single mother had two other children, 1 boy and 1 girl, and was unable to care for all three of them. She had never had any schooling before coming to the orphan home, but now she is already at the P4 level in school.
Steven was born sometime in 2000. He has one older sister and one younger sister. His father died when he was 3 years old and his mother left the three children to get remarried. He had several health issues and was mal-nurished when he came to the orphan home. Now he is big, strong and doing great at the orphan home. He is currently at the P3 grade level in school.