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article imageUgandan orphanage struggles to cope with war, poverty, and HIV Special

By Justin King     Jan 10, 2014 in World
Jinja - War, poverty, and HIV create hundreds of thousands of orphaned children in the small African nation. Digital Journal talks to Mutebe Moses, a native Ugandan, about efforts to cope with the mounting crisis.
Mutebe works with Faith Child Ministry (FCM), headquartered in Jinji. FCM currently cares for 65 orphans, as well as assisting widows. Mutebe’s orphanage is one of many in the country struggling to cope with an orphaned population that makes up 12.3 percent of children in Uganda. Over 400,000 children have lost both of their parents, a number that is expected to climb as Ugandan President Museveni directs the country’s involvement in the ongoing war in South Sudan. HIV is another major cause of orphans in the struggling nation. According to current estimates, 7.2 percent of the population is living with HIV. In comparison, the infection rate in the United States is less than 0.33%.
Mutebe is undeterred; the organization has been reaching out via social networks used in America to seek assistance. He knows his orphanage protects the children from the many dangers that persist for parentless children in the country.
A widow and her two children on the streets of Uganda.
A widow and her two children on the streets of Uganda.
Faith Child Ministry
The interview:
How do most of the children become parentless?
Here in our country, Uganda, we have a killing disease of AIDs /HIV which kills many people here in Uganda leaving kids parentless and we have a civil war in Northern part of our country by the Rebel who also kills many people leaving many kids as orphans and here we come up to help them by taking them to our orphanage home to give them total care.
Tell us about the children.
Kids here we have 45 orphans at the ministry home and 20 in the foster families; and we have 25 boys in the orphanage home, and 20 girls at the orphanage home. Some of these kids have remaining relatives but who are helpless to care them to meet their needs, so we come up to help them by bringing them to the orphanage home of Faith Child Ministry. And other kids we get them when they have AIDs, [or] HIV and we take them to [the] hospital to get treatment so that they can have another chance of life.
Some of the children of Faith Child Ministries.
Some of the children of Faith Child Ministries.
Faith Child Ministry
How do they spend their days?
Children spend their days by going to school, going to the Church and playing. And we take them to tour various places like [the] zoo, lakes, rivers, and other activities.
What will their life likely be like when they grow up?
When these children grow up, we get them jobs to have a better tomorrow and other join social workers to serve the community and others so that they can be an example to other orphans showing them that being an orphan is not the end of life.
The orphans play with balloons outside the facility.
The orphans play with balloons outside the facility.
Faith Child Ministry
Tell us about the work you do with widows.
Widows are helpless to whereby they need help and we help them with clothes, medication, and feeding; but we help them from their homes and we have 25 widows now in the community we help. We get the sawing machines, we construct houses [for] those who have nowhere to sleep, and we teach them Bible.
You seem to be a very strong believer in God, how did you come to the Christian faith?
The director of this Ministry, Kakooza Ronnie, he is a born again Christian and he grew from an orphanage home with me, so we found ourselves loving Jesus and we got saved .
What is your orphanage in need of most?
We face many challenges with the children at the orphanage home like lack of food, clothing, medication, school needs, rent fee, transportation of kids to school every day, shoes, etcetera.
A typical meal for children in the orphanage.
A typical meal for children in the orphanage.
Faith Child Ministry
Tell us a little about your orphanage?
Faith Child Ministry, is an independent non-profit indigenous charitable organization. The organization was started in 2008 by Reagan Twinemugisha, to minister to the hurting and dying Ugandan communities through the Word of God. The Ministry was started to target the kids and children ministry in church through teaching them the Word and giving them bibles in order to empower them for the next generation. This later called for community outreaches and while there, new needs that required intervention caught our attention. Soon the intended boundaries were found to be outstripped by demand and impending need due to the epidemics like HIV leading to orphaning. The need for services was growing at a speed so terrific, in an area so wide than the resources, spiritual, physical, financial and human, could handle. In light of this, and in expectation of the future, owing partly to unending spread of AIDS and partly to increasing abject poverty, Faith Child Ministry was upgraded to serve in different capacities hence birthing a project to care for orphans. So from 20O5, Faith Child Ministry is a fully fledged independent charitable organization with a mandate to re-build hope in communities where need for parental intervention arises such as in the HIV/AIDS orphaned children, the widows in the communities, promoting evangelism, church planting and discipleship with headquarters in Jinja, a town in eastern Uganda. Faith Child Ministry sensitizes the Word of God, as also restoring faith, together with truth and love which Satan has stolen away from families.
Children playing around a pile of bricks used for repairs and renovations.
Children playing around a pile of bricks used for repairs and renovations.
Faith Child Ministry
For physical donations:
Kakooza Ronnie Tel+256775619071
P.O.BOX 5276
Uganda Jinja East Africa Post Uganda
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