Uganda Children's Homes

Lira, Uganda

Children at the Uganda Children’s Homes come from a variety of difficult backgrounds. Many have lost parents and family members to war and disease. In our Children’s Homes, they receive well-rounded care that addresses their physical, social, mental, and spiritual needs.

 
Modeled after a typical family environment, the homes allow the children to experience all that it means to have a family. This means knowing the love and care of siblings and parents, and the responsibilities and discipline that come with being part of a healthy, functioning household.
 
Many children experienced severe mental and emotional trauma during Uganda’s civil war. Your sponsorship ensures that children who would benefit from counseling are able to receive it. Our desire is that children raised in our homes will grow up knowing the value of a healthy, happy family, and yearn to create this for themselves and their own children in the future.
 
History
Children of the Nations opened the doors to its temporary Lira Children's Home in the fall of 2007. Located in a residential area, this rented home welcomed 29 orphans into full-time residential care. After working with social services and following countless counseling sessions, these children, many orphaned and traumatized during the long-running rebel war, were considered the most desperate cases. For most, immediate intervention was a must.
 
For the next two years, our Lira Children's Home was a safe haven for these precious children, providing them with well-rounded care.They were returned to full health, started attending school, and continued to receive trauma counseling and medical care as needed. Most importantly, they felt loved.
 
In early 2009, COTN staff held a dedication ceremony at the site of our future Uganda Children's Homes, breaking ground shortly thereafter. Construction of Phase I—which included the first seven full-care residential Children's Homes—was completed in Fall 2009. 
 
In 2010, we also launched a Village Partnership Program with the nearby village of Anai-Okii, reaching out to the destitute children in the surrounding community.