Uganda

Our First Orphans in Uganda!

We have finally welcomed the first orphans into our Children’s Home in Uganda! Last week, we brought nine children, ranging in age from 5 to 15, into our full-time care. These nine children come from three separate orphan-headed families. Last summer, COTN’s counseling team identified these “child families” as some of the worst-of-the-worst cases.

Full-Time Care to Begin in Uganda

Last month we entered the final stage prior to opening the doors of our first Children’s Home in Uganda. We are awaiting final sign-off from the government! Meanwhile, we are interviewing and hiring necessary staff (house parents, cooks, etc.) and furnishing our homes, readying them for our children.

Trauma Counseling in Barlonyo and Abia IDP Camps

In the month of September 2007, we carried out counseling sessions in two different displacement camps, Barlonyo and Abia camps. We traveled there daily throughout the week to do counseling as well as help identify orphaned and destitute children, especially those from child-headed households who could be admitted into our COTN–Uganda children’s home.

Feeding Uganda’s Children

For the past two decades, Uganda has served as the stage for a civil war between the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and the Ugandan government—innocent civilians cast as the involuntary “extras” in this real-life nightmare. As this war has raged on, thousands of children have been abducted by the rebel soldiers who have subjected them to torture or sexual violence, and turned them into child soldiers (many as young as eight or nine) conscripting them by force into their violent army.

It's Not About Me

[Nancy Kilpatrick is a nurse from York, Maine, who first visited Africa in 2005 as part of a COTN Venture Team to Malawi. She returned to Malawi in 2006, leading her own medical team. Sensing God’s call to go to Uganda, Nancy became a member of a COTN trauma counseling team that ministered to children and adults living in displacement camps in Lira, Uganda in June 2007. The following is a post-trip reflection on our ministry in Uganda and her role in it.]

Lira, Uganda—News from the Field

Greetings from Lira, Uganda! It is so good to be back here—to feel the embrace of the Ugandan staff and to see some of the children and adults in the camps that we left behind. There were tears of joy and hugs as we were warmly welcomed to our home here. Ed met his namesake, Little Ed or “Hed” as they call him here! It is such a joy to see the work of God in the lives of the people that we met last year.

The 285K On Its Way

Pallets of 285K Meal Marathon food, which was packaged by volunteers last May, is on its way to Northern Uganda’s displacement camps. The food, along with shoes, clothing, an industrial stove, and various other supplies were tightly packed into a 40-foot shipping container on Tuesday, July 3rd as volunteers rallied at the COTN–USA headquarters in Silverdale, WA.

The 285K Meal Marathon Coming in May

On May 4th, we will be holding our second annual 285K Meal Marathon. This event brings the entire community together to package 285,000 meals for famine-stricken children around the world. The food packaged at this year’s event will be shipped to Uganda where it will help sustain the life of nearly 1,000 children for an entire year. You can help feed these children by donating 2 hours of your time to package food at the 285K.

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Healing in Uganda

Chris Clark and a small team of staff and individuals visited Uganda again this January. They continued with further development of our mission plan for the children of northern Uganda and were encouraged by the people God is putting in place to accomplish this mission. The team was able to hear from both adults and children who were in our counseling sessions this past summer. What an encouragement as they heard testimony of how God continues to heal the hearts and lives of those that suffered trauma.

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