They are called “Street Children.” They do not have a home. It has been estimated that there are more than 10,000 children on the streets of Uganda. Little ones are not immune to this tragedy. There are thousands more that have homes but do not attend school due to neglect or abuse.
Sylvia’s Children is home for more than 250 orphans who are part of the total 1,000 students at the school and 100 orphans are now in college. These kids would literally be on the streets if it were not for this school in Mbiriizi. Because Sylvia Allen wants the school to become self sustaining, the site also houses a medical facility, chicken coup, barn and various other storage buildings. A few years ago Sylvia Allen purchased additional land to make room for more construction and agricultural development.
Currently Sylvia Allen’s Children is on its way to becoming self-sufficient but we still need your help. Please consider giving today so we can not only help these children but the entire community. Together we can make a difference.
I hardly know where to start so much has happened and is happening!
Six of us went to Uganda and, first of all, enjoyed wonderful weather! 60-80 degrees each day and limited humidity. It was a great respite from the weather we have been having here in New Jersey. Contrary to perception, Uganda has wonderful weather!
Here is the update:
- We have 49 pigs in our pig farm. You can always donate $50 to buy a pig which then can be sold either for breeding or eating.
- We have 20,000 chickens but 1,000 have reached the end of their egg laying so we need to replace them. You can buy two chickens for $5!
- We need an x-ray machine and an ultrasound machine. If you know of any hospital that is upgrading their equipment I would love to get the machines and get them over there.
- We met with Peter Kiggundu who is the CEO of Ruth Gaylord Hospital in Kampala. He also needs x-ray and ultrasound so see if we can find two of each.
- I also have permission from Peter to pursue getting interns for his hospital and we would share them (we need three … two would be in Kampala and one at our school on a rotation basis which would give them two months of big city and one month in a village.)
- We visited St. Bernard’s school where 100 of our orphans are going to secondary school. It was so exciting to see children that I have know throughout their school years! The most exciting aspect is they want to go on and have careers. (We already have 100 in college/technical training and 49 who have graduated from college!).
- Met with the Masaka Rotary to solicit an endorsement from them so the Rotary that I belong to in Minnesota can undertake raising $100,000 for the school. If we raise $65,000 through our district, International will match up to 50%. I have sent them to see the school and will follow up shortly.
- We have 100,000 mango trees … Geofrey is quite the entrepreneur!