Hellen is a kind and intelligent young girl in Uganda who has experienced many struggles in her young life. A few years ago, her father abandoned her mother and their four children after having an affair with Hellen’s mother’s best friend. Now Hellen’s mother struggles to balance caring for her young children and finding a steady job. Without a reliant source of income, Hellen and her siblings often go without meals. With the help of a sponsor, Hellen will have her stomach filled with nutritious meals, her mind engaged in new school subjects, her body healed with medical care, and her heart opened as she learns about the love of a heavenly father who will never abandon her. Hellen dreams of one day becoming a doctor to help others, but right now she enjoys playing with dolls and reading. Thank you for coming alongside Hellen at this pivotal point in her childhood and meeting her deepest needs!
Upendo Christian Academy
The Upendo Christian Academy is an orphanage where children live and grow as disciple of Christ. The center staff mentor children in various ways, including help with homework, career guidance and discipleship. Children are served wholesome meals each week to help them grow physically. Special gifts are given to the children throughout the year and during Christmas time. Medical care is available children struggling with health issues. The center staff focuses primarily on the spiritual growth of the children through biblical teaching and times of prayer.
Uganda is a landlocked country in Africa. The majority of the population is Christian and there are a large number of Muslims. Witchcraft and animism are still believed and practiced in certain areas as well. Poverty is rampant throughout the country as well as a lack of education. Sickness and disease are prevalent and many lack the means to receive medical treatment. Often children suffer from malnutrition. Many struggle with drug use and alcoholism. It’s common for families to be torn apart due to divorce and separation.