I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤
“But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”The Gospel of Matthew 19:14
In Kato Emmanuel’s words:
How many children do you care for, house, and feed every day?
I feed 14 children every day.
How old are you?
I am 24 years of age.
How long have you been caring for children?
It is now two years. I started in the covid times.
Where do you live (town/city)?
I live in Mityana District, Sekanyonyi Town Council.
What kind of house do you and the children live in?
Our house is two bedroomed and the main room for watching TV and eating plus praying.
What are your most crucial needs right now?
Our crucial needs now are food, rent, plus school fees, and also some kids don’t have enough clothes because every kid has to have at least four pairs but some have two.
How much does it cost every day to feed and care for the children?
We buy food at the beginning of the month which costs $300 which includes posho and beans plus some rice. Also, some of the community members give us some food if we are running out of food.
Where do you go for doctors and medical attention?
At our place, there is a governmental hospital and it’s free for everyone.
Do you work full time? Part-time? Or do you volunteer full time?
In the morning I go for my work at the petrol station where I work up to 12:00AM in the mid-day and I go back to the orphanage
Do you do this work alone or do you have helpers?
I have two helpers.
How old are your children?
Most of them are 4-8 years
Do you have any paintings, songs, or dances that the children have created that I can share?
I haven’t taken time for them to paint but we take time to dance.
What inspired you to start caring for children?
This project was proposed by our pastor at the church and they had to choose someone to run it and I was chosen. I taught Sunday school at the time.
Emmanuel and Jonathan (Gems 8.47) both asked if I could start a GoFundMe page for their organizations. Unfortunately, I found out today that GoFundMe doesn’t support Uganda. I explained that we personally could not give money right now but that I would continue to support them with stories. I was also hoping to have Teddy Bear Club with the children as I do with my grandchildren. But even with the Zoom app, Jonathon couldn’t sign into Zoom today. Both orphanages have a PayPal link on IG but the signal in Uganda for keeping a website is too expensive.
If you have any ideas, please let me know. Thanks.
PS Regarding the Teddy Bear Club, see also a video sample I made for Sister Lucy in English, Tamil, and Hindi. Sorry for any mispronunciations. I don’t speak Hindi or Tamil. I used Google Translate to say the words and then imitated them. I know there are many other languages spoken by the children in Sister Lucy’s care but this little video was just as a demonstration of my idea. I wanted to host Teddy Bear Club with the children once a week. This was a daily event when my children were growing up and it began again with my granddaughters! They live in the UK, so I’m very grateful for the technology that allows us to see each other while we’re talking. So cool and amazing!
If you care for children and would like a Teddy Bear Club video in your language, I will be happy to make it — if Google Translate reads the words that I can imitate.