Meet Our Pearls
A tiny grain of sand finds its way under an oyster shell, and it is so irritating that the oyster covers the irritant with a secretion. The longer the irritation is there, the more the oyster coats it. Eventually this grain of sand becomes a beautiful, smooth, shiny pearl.
We take our tiny grains of children and cover their hurt, abandonment and pain with love, community and acceptance.
Gerald lost both his parents during the HIV/AIDS scourge. He was later brought to live with his uncle who was a drunkard and lived in a make-shift house along the river Nile. The uncle used to help with gardening plus cleaning people’s compounds. One day he was found dead in their make-shift shelter leaving Gerald alone and vulnerable. Gerald was brought to us by community members. He usually wears a very sad face but of recent I am amazed that he has started smiling.
Maria was born in 2006. Her father is an alcholic and her mother left to go find greener pastures in Sudan and has not been in touch since. We got her from her grandmother who is very poor with many grandchildren. Her own children have kind of abandoned these children with her and she lives in a very sorry state. We took on Maria.
Fiona was born in 2004. Her father passed away in 2008 and left her with a single mother who has other children to look after. We were approached by another organization, Charity HIV/AIDS Intervention Program so that we could take her on for support.
Mercy lost both her parents and was under the care of a poor grandmother who is suffering from cancer. She was brought to us by community members.
Praise was born in 2002. Her father lost everything during the war in the Northern Uganda. He was a single father and got frustrated and became mentally ill. We were doing our field work when this case was brought to our attention.
Miriam lost her father who succumbed to HIV/AIDS. Her mother died a year later. Miriam was brought to us by the local council leader.
Aseri was abandoned in the market by her mother who had asked some market vendor to help her keep the girl for a few minutes as she went to the loo. The market lady waited for the woman who had handed her the kid to return in vain. After 2 days she reported the matter to police and local council leader. We were contacted to see if we could help out and that is how she came to us.
Janet lost both her parents and was living with a very old poor grandmother in one of the villages. We came across her when doing door to door evangelism. The grandmother later passed on. We took her in . She is very bright and a promising student.
Praise’s parents were involved in a car accident that claimed the father’s life and the mother sustained brain damage that left her disabled. She thereafter stayed with the aunt who some years later died of cancer. The concerned neighbors appealed to us to intervene and save her.
Solomon was born in 2002. He is an orphan whose parents died of HIV/AIDS. He was left under the guardianship of his 86 year old grandmother who also died of old age last year. He was brought by the local area leader after the death of his grandmother and there was nobody to take care of him.
Priscilla was living with her grandmother after the death of her father. However the grandmother had so many other grandchildren belonging to her deceased children. She was a very poor woman with no source of income. She was brought to our attention by community leaders.
Sarah was born in 1997 to a 13-year-old child mother who, after giving birth, abandoned her in the hospital and disappeared. One of the nurses knew about our ministry and she contacted us. We reported to the welfare/probation office and we were granted permission to take her on. She is now a big girl and in primary one.
Joan was born in 1996. Her father passed away and left her with her mother who had seven children to fend for. The mother later went to Sudan to work leaving the children with their elderly grandmother. She has never returned and had been infected with HIV/AIDS. Joan was taken on in 2006 and is in senior one.
Jane was living with a mother who was involved in prostitution and living with all her children from different fathers in a one-roomed mud house. She continued to bring in her clients in that single room. The community got concerned and informed the probation office who also contacted us to help. Her siblings have also been resettled in other foster homes.
Jerry was born to a lady who came from Mbale and had gone to live in Mombasa, Kenya. She got AIDS and came back with her when she was very ill. She later died and left Jerry with her sister. This sister unfortunately had AIDS too and so died two years later, leaving her in the hands of her frail grandma. The grandma died of old age after losing all her daughters who could have taken care of her. Jerry came to our attention through a friend who had gone for the burial of the grandma. She joined us two years ago. The mother died having told no one about who was responsible for fathering this child with her.
Rachael lost both parents to the AIDS epidermic. She later lived with an auntie who mistreated her thinking she was HIV positive. Neighbors who rescued her and approached us to intervene. She has lived with us since she was five years old and she is now going to senior one/secondary school.
Mildred lost both her parents and was left as the eldest child to care for her siblings. Later her parents’ humble house was confiscated from them by a creditor who seized all they had and they were left to wander from place to place. Local council leaders referred them to the probation office where we were contacted to take on Mildred. She has completed a vocational course in catering at Father Bodewig Vocational Institute. She is awaiting graduation and looking for a job.
Susan lost her mother and was sent to stay with her grandmother. At 10 years old, her father came for her. After moving in with her father she was ill-treated by her stepmother. She was given lots of work including brewing waragi (local liquor) and denied food. The father eventually passed on and the neighbors were concerned about the girls mistreatment. She eventually dropped out of school. We took her on and she is now studying a vocational course in catering.