There are over 1,200,000 orphans from AIDS alone in Uganda.*
War, disease, famine and desperation. Each of these are a factor behind the extreme poverty that paralyzes widows and orphans in the Jinja, Uganda, community we serve. Without government or family support, the widows we serve are often forced to abandon their child so that orphanages will take them in and provide food and healthcare.
Prior to establishing our orphanage, we toured many of the existing orphanages that serve Uganda. Each orphanage has a shared mission: to ensure children have basic necessities like food and healthcare. Because of this, many orphanages find themselves maxed out in terms of children and caregivers. Several have a ratio of 30 children to 1 caregiver.
25% of Ugandan children are Child Laborers
While we respect these orphanages, we envisioned creating a home where children have an environment they can grow in socially, developmentally and physically.
Our unique structure pairs no more than 5 children with a foster mom, who provides nurturing, love and care. Taking that 30:1 ration down to 5:1.
We believe that these small family groups will lead to the greatest impact and help create children who grow into adults who can continue to change their family trees.
At our babies’ home we provide our children with:
- 3 healthy meals a day
- Clean living environment
- Access to medical facilities and treatment
- A good education
- Dedicated staff to help clean, cook and do laundry
- Live-In Foster Moms
Our incredible staff, dedicated volunteers, child sponsors and child advocates all make running our orphanage and primary school possible. Without their commitment and generosity we would not be able to create the loving and nurturing environment we do.
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“I have so many incredible stories of amazing things God has done on our trips. I could write books. Our Ugandan family, The students, the mommas, the babies, the teachers…they have my heart.”
– Chandra Alisa
“Wando does a great job of making everyone they work with feel like family. After seeing the way the organization works with the people we serve, the heart for the people they serve is evident.”
– David Talley
In my four trips to Uganda, I have be able to see many Wando’s plans come to fruition – and I am sure there are more to come! Their love for the students and their families always inspires me.”
“I went on a trip with Wando to Uganda in 2014. I believe God sent me there for my precious Amina. I fell in love with that little girl the first time she ran up to me and held my hand. It is amazing to see the transformation. She looks so good and seems so happy now! I am looking forward to the next time I can go.”
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