Our primary school in Uganda’s Kamuli District has the capacity to educate and house 200 children, primarily orphans. These children are often victims of war or AIDS, and most are rejected by relatives their relatives. At Kasozi Village they find a stable life and opportunity for the future.
The primary school is consistently rated one of the best in the district, and many of our children continue on to top secondary schools in the region.
The Village includes four dormitories, which are run by a house parent. It also has a cooking hut, library, soccer fields, dining hall, church, maize grinder, garden, fresh water, cows and goats. The 25+ member staff includes the directors Bryan and Emily Mohr, house parents, teachers, cooks, security guards, tailor, and others who oversee the operation. Just like our children, the staff originate from three different Ugandan tribes who come together to form a cohesive family at the Village.
Uganda does not offer free public school beyond the primary level, and yet a good education can help keep young people from the cycle of poverty. Our child sponsorship program supports over 120 older children through secondary and vocational school. These young men and women are on the verge of becoming nurses, midwives, tailors, commercial truck drivers, agricultural specialists and much more – dreams which would likely not be realized without our support.
For one child, $40 a month covers the tuition and boarding fees for secondary level schools. The commitment usually lasts for six years, allowing time for relationships to form between children and their sponsors. Letters are typically exchanged, and some can access more direct communication through email. Through sponsorship, a vulnerable child gains love and acceptance and the confidence that someone is standing with them in life.
Uganda Orphans Fund is constructing a children’s medical clinic at our site in Kamuli District. One out of four children in Uganda will not reach their fifteenth birthday, and nearly half of the country’s population is under 15. Our mission is to care for vulnerable children and launch them into responsible adulthood: that includes surviving childhood.
The clinic will be a primarily outpatient facility with a small overnight ward. It will treat basic childhood diseases, provide immunizations, and include basic diagnostics and a consistent supply of medicines. The facility will primarily be staffed by Ugandans with supervision by a Western medical professional.
There is no other medical aid for children in Kamuli District, so the clinic will support the public health infrastructure rather than replace it. We intend to work with and train adults in the area on best medical practices for children and mothers.
Northgate Missions Ministry School
Uganda Orphans Fund supports Northgate Missions Ministry School near Gulu in Northern Uganda. The school started in 2010 with the vision of knowing God and seeing Him revealed among the nations. Class sessions emphasize personal growth and discipleship, including short and extended outreaches to surrounding communities. Northgate is currently planting a church in a village that lacks one. Children from Kasozi Village have the opportunity to attend a session at this school during regular school breaks and holidays.