There are well over 2 million orphans in the African country of Uganda, largely as a result of HIV AIDS. Most of these orphans live with a grandparent or other relative, but some of them have no one able to care for them. Lulwanda Children’s Home was established specifically to provide loving care to some of these orphaned and abandoned children, and currently is home to 120 children between the ages of 3 and 18. Located near the city of Mbale in Eastern Uganda, Lulwanda consists of 4 distinct but integrated facilities: the Children’s Home itself, Lulwanda Primary School, Lulwanda Tendo compound and the Hesed House first aid station.
The Children’s Home opened its doors on December 1, 2004, the first children’s home established by Grace International Children’s Foundation (GICF). Initially 25 children came to live at Lulwanda, and we have grown steadily ever since. Before coming to Lulwanda Children’s Home, many of these orphans had no one to care for them, while others were living in desperate conditions with aging and overburdened grandparents. Now the children are thriving in a healthy, nurturing Christian environment.
The children receive regular medical care, nutritious meals, and lots of outdoor play time – all in a warm family environment that promotes bonding between the children, their house mothers, and the rest of the staff members. Facilities at the Children’s Home include boys’ and girls’ dormitories and bathhouses, living / dining areas, large playground, kitchen and laundry room. The Home Administrator lives on site, as do the 5 housemothers. The children not only live at Lulwanda, they also attend primary school on site (click here to learn more about Lulwanda Primary School).
Considerable attention has been given to making Lulwanda as self-sufficient as possible. Food crops are being grown and harvested on our 10 acre farm located a few miles away. Rainwater is collected and used for washing clothes and scrubbing floors. Solar panels (which cover the roof of the bathhouse) and a large bank of batteries reduce dependence on the national electrical grid and reduce utilities costs. Cows, goats, pigs and chickens provide food for the children and an opportunity to learn about animal care.
Click here to watch “An Orphan’s Story”, the drama of a child devastated by his parents dying of AIDS, being rescued and given hope for a better life at Lulwanda.
You can help maintain and expand the services offered by Lulwanda. Click here to learn how you can support the work of Lulwanda Children’s home and make a huge difference in the lives of orphans in Uganda, East Africa.