Grace International Children’s Foundation was created in response to the urgent need to care for children abandoned or left orphans by the AIDS epidemic in Uganda and the rest of East Africa. GICF is a private, international faith-based charity organized for the purposes of building and operating children’s homes for these children.
Initially GICF was organized by Grace Community Bible Church of Richmond, Texas, and the Presbyterian Church in Uganda: the Ugandan partner is now the Presbyterian Bible Church of East Africa, led by Pastor Morris Ogenga. GICF USA is a body of volunteers from all walks of life – medical professionals, homemakers, engineers, accountants – each committed to helping the orphans of Africa however they can.
Lulwanda Children’s Home is operated by Grace International Children’s Foundation Ltd., a registered Ugandan NGO (Non-Governmental Organization), led by Chairman Morris Ogenga. Our operating and fund raising arm in the United States is GICF USA Inc., which the IRS has classified as a Public Charity and granted 501(c)(3) tax-deductible status (click here to see a copy of the determination letter).
In 2004, GICF built its first children’s home, the Lulwanda Children’s Home, near the city of Mbale, Uganda. Lulwanda Children’s Home began operations on December 1, 2004. The children’s home operates under license from the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Lulwanda Primary School operates under license from the Ministry of Education and Sports, and the Hesed Health Center operates under license from the Ministry of Health.
GICF is a faith-based organization, click here to learn more about our spiritual beliefs.