More than twenty orphaned children are cared for in the foster home built by the Quicken Trust in the needy Ugandan village of Kabubbu. It’s a project that gets to the heart of Quicken’s aim to give hope to a community devastated by disease and poverty. Foster care is one of the projects run by the welfare department which was set up with the help of funding from BA and Unicef.
The youngsters range in age from nursery class to late teens. Their stories are heartbreaking. There are hundreds of orphans in Kabubbu living with grandparents or other relatives. But the foster home children had no-one to take them in when their parents died. The children include a girl of seven whose mum died of AIDS and a five-year-old whose mum died in childbirth.
The home is run by Betty – who is foster mum to the youngsters. They get food, clothes and health care. The children carry out daily duties – including working on the home’s poultry farm or looking after the vegetable garden – as well as attending school.
Becoming an orphan no longer means abandoning dreams of education for a life of scavenging to survive or turning to crime or prostitution. (Sponsor a Project; Sponsor a Child)
Some have been taken in because they have suffered abuse or neglect at home. Semei was taken in by his aunt when his mother died. He was 13. But she abandoned him within weeks. She didn’t understand his grief and labelled his behaviour ‘naughty’.
Taken in by the Kabubbu foster home, Semei is now quiet and studious. Asked why his behaviour has changed he says, “Here at the home, I am loved and accepted.”