Watoto is an holistic care program that was initiated as a response to the overwhelming number of orphaned children and vulnerable women in Uganda, whose lives have been ravaged by war and disease.
2008 UNICEF and UNAIDS, estimates that 47.5 million orphans live in sub-saharan Africa, one quartar of whom have lost their parents to AIDS. 2.5 million of those children live in Uganda.
Founded by Gary and Marilyn Skinner, Watoto was birthed through Watoto Church (formerly KPC), a thriving local church in Kampala, Uganda.
There are millions of little ones who need us this holiday season. But, your love can change this.
Your gift can help provide the essentials that every child deserves—food, an education, a home and most of all a loving family. No matter how big or how small, your gift will create a future full of hope. We can’t think of a better expression of love during this season.
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When you sponsor a child, you help us provide food, clothing, medical care, education and a safe place they can call home. Each child has multiple sponsors in order to give them the holistic care that every person needs to thrive.
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Each child has different sponsorship quota in Asia which means a preference to sponsor a specific child is not guaranteed.
Ruth was thrown in a garbage pit by an unknown family member. A Good Samaritan found the baby girl and took her to the police who, when they were unable to locate her mother, requested Watoto Child Care Ministries to take Ruth under their wings. Ruth was warmly welcomed into the Baby Watoto Home. With the help of the dedicated group of nannies who cared for her, she grew into a charming young girl
When she was old enough, Ruth was moved into a Watoto Village, where a devoted housemother and Watoto brothers and sisters made her feel welcome and secure in their Watoto Home. Ruth’s housemother showers her with love and care, giving her all the attention she needs. When Ruth is a little older, she will attend the Watoto School.
On Sundays, Mama takes Ruth to the Watoto Church, where she is learning about Jesus’ love for her in Sunday school. Please pray for Ruth to receive the Lord into her heart when she reaches the age of understanding. Thank you for your financial support, which is enabling Watoto to provide a home and stability for young Ruth. Her future is much brighter because of your generosity.
When Jovan's father died in 2011, he was left under the care of his mother. His mother has no regular employment but does odd jobs for her family to survive. With the meager income his mother gets, she was unable to support his education as she could not afford to pay the fees. She requested Watoto Child Care Ministries for a hand up and Watoto reached out to Jovan through their Seed Project.
Watoto is committed to ensuring he receives a wholesome education and other necessities for life, while still living in his own home. Jovan is receiving a quality education at the Watoto School at no cost. He is enjoying his studies and is grateful for the blessings he is receiving at Watoto. Jovan happily enters into all the activities at the Watoto Village and receives a nourishing meal each day. In his free time, he likes to play with his friends.
Jovan is receiving counsel and guidance from the caring adults that surround him both at school and Church. Please pray for him to positively respond to this mentorship. Thank you for your financial support that makes it possible for Watoto to provide Jovan with hope for a brighter future.
Dorcas's father abandoned the family leaving her mother as their sole provider. Dorcas's mother worked tirelessly but she found it difficult to pay school fees and provide other essentials for her family with her small earnings. When Watoto Child Care Ministries learned of Dorcas's situation, she was enrolled into school at no cost.
Dorcas is now going to school at Watoto. She actively participates in all of the village activities and enjoys a nourishing meal daily. She enjoys shading diagrams and playing with her friends at home. Dorcas also loves the colour green and her favourite dish is plantain. When she completes school, she would love to be a pilot.
On Sunday, Dorcas goes to Watoto Church where she is learning more about the love of Jesus Christ. She has adult mentors at Watoto who disciple her as she continues to grow in her relationship with Jesus. Thank you for partnering with us as we continue to care for vulnerable children like Dorcas. Your support enables Watoto to continue to care for children in Uganda, giving them hope for the future.
Mirriam's mother single-handedly worked to support her family. She could hardly meet their basic needs including school fees with her small earnings from selling produce from her small farm. When Watoto Child Care Ministries heard Mirriam's story, Watoto gave her the opportunity to go to school at no cost. But that's not all. Mirriam' mother too, is getting equipped and trained in skills that will enable her to earn more income to support her family better.
Mirriam is now going to a good school in the local community. She enjoys taking part in all the school activities and receives a nourishing meal daily. Mirriam loves to dance at school and in her free time, she loves teaching her fellow children the word of God. Her favorite color is green, and Mathematics is her favorite subject. Someday, she hopes to be a doctor.
Mirriam loves attending her community church on Sundays and she says she is very grateful to God for the opportunity she has at Watoto. Our prayer is that she grows into her God-given purpose and realize her full potential. Thank you for your financial support that enables Watoto to give these precious children a holistic education.
Mercy was unable to fully attend school because her mother couldn't afford it with her little income from vending at a local market. The school was also a long distance from home which sometimes challenged her attendance. Through Watoto's Neighbourhood program, Mercy is now enrolled at a Watoto school and acquiring a wholesome education at no cost. Her mother is also being equipped with skills that she can put to good use soon, so as to support her family's needs.
Mercy is grateful for this opportunity to be able to pursue her dream of being a teacher without any worries. She especially loves English and writing classes. During the school term, Mercy stays in a Watoto home and she willingly helps her housemother to wash dishes. She loves playing hide and seek with friends in her free time.
On Sunday, Mercy attends the Watoto church where she learns about God's unconditional love and how to walk in His Way. Our prayer is that she will embrace Jesus with all her heart and follow Him all the days of her life. Thank you for helping Watoto to provide a platform to nurture the dreams of future leaders like Mercy.
Jonathan had dropped out of school due to fees defaulting. His mother was a small kiosk attendant. Her limited income could barely put a proper meal on the table. Jonathan was identified by and enrolled into the Watoto Neighbourhood program which is catering to his education at no cost. His mother is also benefiting from the same mentorship and training program which is equipping her with practical business skills which will improve her family's income.
At the Watoto School, Jonathan especially enjoys his English classes and reading activities. His dream is to be a doctor. Jonathan stays in a Watoto home during the school term. He has bonded with his new family and likes to help his housemother with washing the dishes. In his free time, he loves to play football. Jonathan's favorite dish comprises rice and beef.
On Sunday, Jonathan and his family attend the Watoto Church where he is being told of Jesus' undying love for him and we pray that he continues to walk in this path. Thank you for the financial support that is enabling Watoto to reach out to precious ones like Jonathan and empower them to realize their God-given potential.
Hadijah was barely a year old when she lost her mother. With no known relatives available to take care of Hadijah and her slightly older brother Emmanuel, concerned authorities contacted Watoto Child Care Ministries to take the siblings into their fold. The two were brought to Baby Watoto where devoted nannies showered them with all the love and care they so desperately needed.
In due time, Hadijah was moved into the Watoto homes where a dedicated housemother is carefully nurturing Hadijah along with her Watoto brothers and sisters. They have all helped her adjust to the new surroundings. Mama prepares nutritious meals for the family and Hadijah especially enjoys chicken stew. Hadijah loves riding toy bikes, singing and being read to. She likes to play with dolls and balls. Yellow is her favorite color.
On Sundays, mama takes Hadijah to Sunday school at the Watoto Church where she is learning about the precious love of Jesus. Please pray for her to grow up to embrace this love and choose to live in relationship with God. Thank you for the financial support that is enabling Watoto to restore hope in the lives of vulnerable children like Hadijah.
Mariam's parents separated, leaving her in the sole care of her mother. Her dear mother struggled to make ends meet and because of limited little income she made from brick laying. Mariam often missed out on school. Thanks to the Watoto Neighbourhood program, Mariam is back in school and does not have to worry about missing out because of unpaid fees. Her mother is also being equipped with skills that will enable her to generate income.
Mariam is grateful for this opportunity to pursue her dreams. She is giving her education the best and enjoys studying Mathematics lessons. She hopes to become a teacher someday. While at home, Mariam helps her mama to wash the dishes. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer with friends. Mariam's favorite color is white.
Mariam loves the Lord and enjoys singing praises to Him every Sunday at her local church. We pray that even at a young age, Mariam will choose to follow the Way of the Lord and grow in relationship with Him as well. Thank you for the financial support that is enabling Watoto to groom future leaders like Mariam. Your big heart is making it possible for Mariam to soar.
When she lost her father, relatives disowned Sarah and her mother, an act that was mostly fueled by their change to Christianity from Islam. As a casual laborer, her mother struggled to make ends meet. Sarah was always in and out of school because of defaulting on her fees. Thanks to the Watoto Neighborhood program, Sarah was identified and is now able to acquire a quality education as her mother too, is trained and equipped with skills that will enable her to boost her income.
Sarah is grateful for this opportunity. At the Watoto school, she enjoys Science classes and aspires to be a fashion designer someday. Sarah willingly helps her mama to wash the dishes at home and in her free time, she plays dodgeball with friends. Her favorite dish comprises rice and beans.
Sarah loves God and enjoys singing praises to Him at her local church on Sunday. We pray that she will choose to follow Him in all that she does. Thank you for the financial support that is enabling Watoto to provide children like Sarah a platform to pursue their dreams and live in their God-given purpose.
When Patience's parents separated, she stayed with her mother who struggled to provide for the family as the father was not supportive in any way. Due to limited resources, Patience's school fees and requirements became a challenge. Through the Watoto Neighborhood program, Patience was identified as a child in need of assistance. Now, Patience's education and other needs such as medical are being met through the program.
Patience is enrolled in one of the Watoto schools where she is enjoying her studies; Mathematics is her favorite subject and she enjoys revising as well as reading storybooks at school. Her dream is to be a teacher. While at home, she helps her mother to wash the dishes and clean the house. In her free time, she enjoys a game of soccer with her friends. Patience loves eating rice and meat and the color yellow is her favorite.
Patience attends Sunday school at the Watoto church on Sundays and there she learns more about Jesus. Please pray for her to daily grow in her love of Jesus and desire to walk in His footsteps. Thank you for the financial support that is enabling Watoto to meet Patience's needs.
Raphael's father passed away and his mother was left to care for her family on her own. She struggled to provide for the family and she was unable to pay for Raphael's school fees with her small income. When Watoto Child Care Ministries learned of Raphael's situation, Watoto enrolled him into school at no cost.
Raphael is now going to a good school in the local community. He enjoys a healthy meal every day and actively participates in all of the school activities. Raphael wants to become a driver when he completes school. His favourite colour is yellow and the class he enjoys most is English. He loves to play and run around at school.
Watoto is committed to ensuring that Raphael receives medical attention and is given essential supplies. Thank you for partnering with us as we continue to care for vulnerable children, teaching them about the love of Jesus. Your support enables Watoto to raise courageous future leaders.
Angel's mother used to struggle to provide for the family. With her little income she struggled to feed her family and could not afford to pay schools fees for her children. When Watoto Child Care Ministries learned of the family's situation, Watoto enrolled Angel into school at no cost.
Angel is now going to a good school in the local community. She is involved in many school programs and enjoys a healthy meal every day. Angel enjoys studying at school and loves to play when she is home. Her favorite subject is English and orange is her favorite colour. In the future, she hopes to be a lawyer.
Watoto is committed to ensuring that Angel is guided spiritually and receives medical care and other essential supplies. Please pray that she will grow to become an influential member of her community. Thank you for partnering with us as we continue to care for vulnerable children like Angel. Your support enables Watoto to continue to care for children in Uganda, giving them hope for the future.
Steven's parents separated and his father abandoned the family. His mother was incapable of taking care of the family. When Watoto Child Care ministries learned of the family's challenges, Steven was offered care and protection in a Watoto village.
Steven is now receiving a quality education at Watoto while living in a Watoto village. He is a part of a loving family and a devoted housemother takes care of him. During the school holidays, he returns to his family in the local community. Steven enjoys his food and his favourite dish is beans and rice. His favourite colour is red and his best subject at school is English. His future dream is to be a doctor.
On Sunday, Steven goes to Watoto Church where he is learning about the love of God. A loving group of mentors from Watoto disciple him as he learns more about the unconditional love of Jesus. Thank you for your financial contribution which enables Watoto to give the children a chance to attain a bright future.
Crispus’ father abandoned the family leaving his mother to solely provide for them. Crispus’ mother could hardly meet any of their basic needs. When Watoto Child Care Ministries learned of the family’s plight, they offered Crispus the opportunity to receive education through the Watoto Neighbourhood program.
Crispus is now going to school at Watoto while living in a comfortable Watoto home. He has a devoted Watoto housemother who lovingly supports him daily. During the school holiday, he returns to his family in the community. Crispus enjoys playing soccer at home, and at school he loves swinging on the playground. His preferred subject is English and his dream is to be a mechanic.
On Sunday Crispus goes to Watoto Church where he receives spiritual enrichment. He has adult mentors at Watoto who are coaching him in the vital aspects of his life. Please pray that he will receive Christ as his Saviour. Thank you for your kindness. Through your giving Watoto is able to raise vulnerable children in a Godly environment.
Timothy's parents separated leaving his mother to solely provide for the family. His mother found it hard to pay his school fees with her limited income. When Watoto Child Care Ministries recognised Timothy's problem, he was given an opportunity to go to school through the Watoto Neighbourhood program.
Timothy is receiving a quality education at a Watoto school. He is bonding with his loving Watoto family and has a nurturing housemother under whose care he is placed. During the holiday, he goes back to his community and family. Timothy likes his new teachers at Watoto. He enjoys reading and his preferred subject Mathematics. While at home he helps with chores and his favoured activity is washing dishes. In the future, he would like to be a policeman.
Sunday is church day for Timothy. He attends church at Watoto to learn about the goodness of God. He receives mentorship in his spiritual and career journey. Please pray that Timothy will learn to seek and walk with God at a young age. Thank you for your financial contribution which enables Watoto to give hope to children like Timothy.
Zion and his brother Elijah were found abandoned by an unknown person in a bush near a hotel in Western Uganda. The matter was reported to Police who started a search for the boys' family. When the search proved futile, authorities referred the children to Watoto Child Care Ministries for temporary care and protection as investigations continued. The siblings were brought to Baby Watoto where the nannies lovingly looked after them.
Zion has now moved into the Watoto home in a spacious Watoto village. A Watoto housemother and Watoto brothers and sisters welcomed him and are helping him grow fond of his new environment. He is bonding with them and adapting to his new environment. Mama nurtures them all and prepares nice meals. Zion loves chicken the most and his best color is green.
Zion attends the Watoto Church with his family every Sunday. While there, he is learning about the unconditional love of God. Please pray for him to embrace this love for himself when he reaches the age of understanding. Thank you for standing with us financially and enabling us to provide the needs of vulnerable children like Zion.
William and his siblings, Esther and Wilberforce, were abandoned by their mother in one of the suburbs in Kampala. A local resident took on the responsibility of taking care of them but struggled to meet their needs every day. The local authorities then requested Watoto Child Care Ministries to take the children under their wings. William, the youngest of the three, was taken to Baby Watoto for proper care. When he outgrew the Babies' Home, he was transitioned into a Watoto home.
A loving and devoted Watoto mother received William into the Watoto home. His Watoto brothers and sisters also warmly welcomed him and have helped him adjust to his surroundings. William enjoys reading books and watching birds in the morning. He likes to stack rings and building blocks. His favorite color is blue. For his education, William will study at the Watoto School.
Every Sunday, William and his family attend the Watoto Church where they are taught the Word of God. Please pray for him to grow in this beautiful knowledge of God's Word and to choose to live for him daily. Your financial support is a great support towards Watoto's work of rescuing, restoring and rebuilding the lives of children like William. Thank you!
Judith's mother passed away shortly after her birth. Her grandmother tried to care for her but was not fully able to do so. Unfortunately, no information was known about Judith's father. Local authorities, concerned about Judith's welfare, contacted Watoto Child Care Ministries. Judith was brought to the Watoto Babies' Home where she was lavished with love and quickly flourished into a joyful toddler.
Judith was later transferred to a Watoto Home where she more love from her Watoto housemother, brothers and sisters awaited her. Their concern for her has helped Judith adjust to the new environment. Judith will soon join other Watoto children at the Watoto School for a wholesome education. For the time being, she enjoys playing with toy cars and singing "baa baa black sheep".
On Sunday, mama escorts Judith to the Watoto Church where she is learning about Jesus and His love for her in Sunday school. Please pray for her to open up her heart to Jesus when she reaches the age of understanding. Your financial support is greatly enabling Watoto to meet the needs of precious ones like Judith Thank you!
Joab's mother abandoned him at Watoto Church during a service. That day, the church administrator cared for him while waiting for his mother to return but no one did. The case was reported to the police who requested that the child be placed in the care of Watoto Child Care Ministries as investigations ensued. The probation officer seconded this and he was brought to Baby Watoto where the staff named him Joab.
Joab soon outgrew the facility and was moved to a Watoto home where he was embraced by his Watoto housemother, brothers and sisters. Joab is a delightful addition to the family and has quickly adjusted to his new environment. He loves to take nature walks, read books and ride toy bikes. His favorite color is blue. Joab will receive a wholesome education at the Watoto School until his graduation from High School.
Joab is blessed to dwell in the company of good counsel, with Christ centered individuals guiding him in God's Way. Please pray for him to embrace this discipleship at a young age and also grow to love Jesus. Thank you for the financial support that enables Watoto to meet the needs of little ones like Joab.
When Elliot was a baby, he was abandoned at a local hospital by his mother. He was then referred to Watoto Child Care Ministries, and placed in the nurturing care of the nannies at Baby Watoto. He transitioned to a home in the Watoto Village when he was older.
Elliot now has a devoted housemother who has settled him in with his brothers and sisters. He is a friendly child and gets attached to the people that he loves. He likes taking on new challenges, and takes initiative in performing various tasks. He enjoys eating pineapples and his favourite colour is yellow.
On Sunday, Elliot goes to Children’s church at Watoto where he is learning about the love of the Lord Jesus. When he is a little older, he will be enrolled at the Watoto School. Your generous financial support enables Watoto to provide Elliot with a firm foundation for a bright future.