In the course of distributing donations to needy orphanages and small community-based organizations, we came across Mercy Home of Children in the outskirts of Kampala.
Shortly thereafter, their founder suddenly needed to travel abroad, leaving behind the 130 children in urgent need of food, care and education. We at Family Care Uganda felt led to step up to the plate and that his was an important place for us to focus our energies and to care for them during the time of transition, until more long-term arrangements could be made.
For all of 2009, we worked hand in hand with the community, and both local and overseas donors to ensure that every child received daily meals, academic training with all school fees paid as well as school uniforms and shoes.
By the end of 2009, when it became clear that the founder was not returning, we were able to arrange with another organization for each of the children to be transferred to a caring home for a more long-term solution.