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‘Sanyu Babies Home’ Charity Outreach, 2017

In 2017, we had our inaugural charity outreach at Sanyu Babies Home, together with our friends, we gathered home basic needs, foodstuffs and children wears among others which we donated to the home.

In conversation with the administration of the facility, they told us that they get abandoned babies as young as a day old from different parts of the country.

Sanyu Babies’ Home is a Christian organization based in Kampala, Uganda that seeks to provide Christ-like love to babies and children deprived of parental love and to reintegrate them into the community through reuniting them with their families, fostering or adoption.

Sanyu Babies’ Home is the first and oldest Babies’ Home in Uganda. Sanyu was founded in 1929 by Milnes Winfred Walker, a British midwife working as a missionary at Mengo Hospital. Milnes Winfred Walker noticed the large number of babies being abandoned at the hospital after their birth and took them into her care. Today, they continue to do this work. Child abandonment is still an issue; many of the children are found abandoned in ditches, at hospitals, in taxi parks, on garbage heaps, at the side of the road or in pit latrines. The children are taken to the police who refer the child into their custody for love, care and attention.

At Sanyu they have the capacity to care for up to 50 children at a time, although during the busiest time they often operate at over capacity! The children in their care typically are between the ages of 0-4yrs. Sometimes they may care for a child until they are a little older if it gives them the chance to be reunited or adopted.

‘Sanyu’ means joy and that is what they want their children, staff members and volunteers to experience while they are with them. They want the children to know that they are deeply loved, have an extended family who care about them and know that they will always have a place to call home.

Cc: Sanyu Babies Home.

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‘Where Hands Meet’ 2021 Mid-Year Charity Outreach at Kuza Orphanage center, Seeta – Mukono

Over the weekend, Spreading Wings International visited Kuza Orphanage center, Seeta – Mukono, Lumuli Village during our Mid-year charity outreach and we extended our donations ranging from food stuffs, home basic needs, scholastic materials, words of hope and others.

We felt touched by the story of the facility, and how COVID-19 affected their operations as narrated below.

On 24th May 2005 mayhem engulfed Kyaggwe in Mukono Municipality when assailants attacked and opened fire against pupils and students at Saint Mary’s Primary and Secondary School Katente in Kyaggwe – Mukono.

Immediately after their ill actions, the perpetrators took off leaving the community worried while police launched manhunt and investigations, parents and guardians came to their kids rescue in fear of what had happened.

Over 20 kids remained stranded and helpless, these were orphans who were being taken care of by the school, when the school decided to suspend operation for further investigations, the matron then, Shabunam Namuyanja decided to take them at her place and luckily enough her husband welcomed them.

Months turned into years and years and years and no one came for kids, she eventually decided to open up an orphanage center that would welcome abandoned kids and orphans.

Kuza Orphanage Home was the name she chose to give this home, (Kuza to literally mean raising a child).

In order to help kids not be sad about their past, she and her family members that is to say her children and relatives started up a cultural troupe and kids would be dancing and singing, this morphed into a group that would fetch them money to feed the family through invitations it receives to perform on all types of parties.

Since then to date, she has not stopped, she continues to welcome children, the little ones then are now big boys and girls and others are responsible men and women in different capacities. There even those who don’t know their parents, some are dropped at the facility gate as young as they are one month old.

The facility, with the dance wing Kuza Troupe Africa has been doing well despite a few challenges, but when COVID-19 outbreak was declared in the world and it’s subsequent effects like the lockdown, restricted movements and gatherings, the troupe has been battling to raise funds for day to day activities, and needs since the invitations to perform on different occasions are no more.

This came to our attention to mobilize support from our friends and visited them to help with the little we managed during our Mid-year charity outreach named ‘Where Hands Meet’, under the theme ‘ We are here for you’.

We were thrilled by the reception, performance were super nice and very refreshing, we were humbled by the appreciation and comfort from the facility.

We share these photos not to show off, but to account for your contributions and inspire those with good hearts to visit them because they are still in need of Matresses, blankets, bedsheets, financial assistance and more, perhaps also to join us next time.

Thank you all, May God bless you.

Spreading the Wings of Love Internationally ❤️