Past wars have left many orphaned throughout the nation Uganda, nearly 50% of the nation’s population is age 15 and under. Child-headed homes are common as older siblings are forced to care for the younger, often struggling to secure a single meal in a day. In this situation, education is impossible, simple injuries crippling and illnesses deadly. Childhood dreams are lost as life’s one goal becomes to survive as long as possible. Favor’s Children’s Care and Ministry is our response to this immense need to rescue and raise up a forgotten generation for the Kingdom of God.
Through your sponsorships, our House of Hope (HOH) foster program supports orphaned children within extended family units where social workers provide careful oversight and assistance for their ongoing medical needs and spiritual, social, academic and vocational development. In Secondary School, children participate in our work-study program to learn skills that will equip them as successful members of society. Based on talents and interest, these work-study opportunities include IT training, farming, professional driving, hospitality and more.
Gulu’s youth prison is another area of great need. Forgotten by society and disowned by their families, these vulnerable children, ages eight to eighteen, were manipulated and coerced by adults to commit acts a child would never imagine. Yet through our ongoing ministry, every child has now professed salvation and is engaged in regular Bible study and discipleship. Due to our success, the city is now willing to release them for rehabilitation.
Children on good behavior will be transitioned to our rehabilitation home to learn responsibilities and schedules and to receive spiritual, academic and vocational training. Near the end of rehabilitation, staff will facilitate the work of reconciliation and restoration by bringing the children’s families to visit. As relationships mend, youths will be allowed to visit home, eventually rejoining their families and becoming established as working members of the community.