Uganda (MNN) — Out of 1.7 million orphans in Uganda, only 1,300 live in orphanages, according to WorldBank.
Another 10,000 children live on the streets.
“Cost comparisons conducted in Uganda show the ratio of operating costs for an orphanage to be 14 times higher than those for community care,” UNICEF reports.
Orphan’s Heart sponsors children in Ugandan foster care families—also known as guardians. A team of 10 people traveled to Uganda with Orphan’s Heart on July 30. They just returned on Sunday, August 11. Two summer interns in Uganda with Orphan’s Heart also returned with the team.
Part of their outreach included a Guardian Seminar. Team members helped lead the session, encouraged guardians of Orphan’s Heart-sponsored children, and gave each guardian a Bible.
For some of the guardians, it was the first Bible they’ve ever received. Several kneeled as a sign of high gratitude for the gift of God’s Word.
Sponsorships are critical for Ugandan guardians to continue caring for their foster children. One sponsorship through Orphan’s Heart costs $30. Click here to sponsor a Ugandan child.
There is another missions trip opportunity on November 6 through Orphan’s Heart to Uganda. You can apply for that missions trip or donate towards needed supplies. They particularly need children and adult clothing and shoes, craft and game materials, and English Bible school materials.
Please pray for guardians of foster children in Uganda to persevere. Pray for these Bibles to encourage their faith and allow others to meet Jesus Christ.