Q1. What is the main focus of your charity?: Watoto Child Care Ministries is a holistic care programme that was initiated as a response to the overwhelming number of orphaned children and vulnerable women in Uganda. It is positioned to rescue an individual, raise each one as a leader in their chosen sphere of life so that they, in turn, will rebuild their nation. The Watoto model involves physical care, medical intervention including HIV/AIDS treatment, education – formal and technical, trauma counselling and spiritual discipleship. We exist to raise the next generation of African leaders, by pursuing excellence in academic and practical skills, integrity in conduct and moral values, so that each one becomes a responsible Christian and a productive citizen. We aim to care for 10,000 children in Uganda by 2023 and to replicate the model in other countries across the continent so as to fast-track the rescue of orphaned children and vulnerable women in Africa.
Q2. How important are donations to your charity? The work of Watoto is only made possible by the generous support of our sponsors, donors and corporate partners, both in Australia and around the world. The financial contributions we receive in Australia plays an integral role in the transformation happening in Africa and enables us to provide support to Uganda that is above and beyond what is covered through monthly sponsorship. Last financial year over $2,400,000 was raised through the Watoto Australia Trust Account and transferred to Uganda via Global Development Group. These finances go directly towards helping vulnerable women and children and is making a huge difference in the lives of thousands of people.
Q3. What difference will your donation make? Your donation is invaluable and will go towards one of the Watoto projects. These include; Baby Watoto, a home for abandoned and vulnerable babies who are often found premature and malnourished. Living Hope, where dignity and quality of life is restored to vulnerable women who are often HIV+ and have been abandoned or widowed, leaving them feeling destitute and desperate. Watoto Villages, where children are placed in a safe, family environment where they receive unconditional love and are brought up in a community setting. Sustainability projects, such as goat and chicken farms which exist to sustain our other projects, provide additional income, and provide training and employment. Your gift helps to positively transform the lives of the most vulnerable in Africa and enables us to fulfil our vision of rescuing the vulnerable, raising future leaders and rebuilding the nations.