Sunday, 16 March 2014

The Watoto Mission 2015

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Since the epidemic began, some 1 million Ugandans have died from HIV or AIDS. There are an estimated 2.3 million orphans, mostly due to the disease.

Uganda's health indicators are among the lowest in sub-Saharan African. Preventable diseases including prenatal and maternal illnesses, malaria and diarrhoea take a major toll.

18% of school-aged children are not enrolled in school and the dropout rate averages 66%.

Many families do not have enough food to last between harvests, more than one in four children under age 5 are stunted.

In the north, the search for peace continues amidst poverty, the lack of protection for children, scant food and dismal humanitarian conditions. There are 1.5 million people living in camps for internally displaced persons, of whom 80 percent are women and children with very limited access to land for cultivation, clean water and health and education services.

After witnessing the devastating effects of HIV and AIDS, Gary and Marilyn Skinner set out to make a difference to the millions of orphaned children and vulnerable women in Africa. In 1994 they opened the doors to the first Watoto church in Uganda. Since then the organisation has grown and supports thousands of people internationally. Support exists in the form of 'Children's Villages' which provide education in the form of schools and vocational training, medical support and church in a community setting. Each Watoto family consists of a house mother who cares for up to eight children with support from visiting respectable men from the church to provide a father figure for children.

The Watoto Mission was formed by a group of eleven young adults from the North East, who after seeing the benefits of Watoto wish to travel there and help make a difference. A large proportion of The Watoto Mission team are from Windy Nook Methodist Church with other team members coming from connections within Girls Brigade Northumberland and Durham District.

Our goal is to visit Uganda in 2015 and help out with their annual Summer camp for one week. In the Summer camp we will be using our existing experience of working with children to run games, crafts and support in worship. In our second week we hope to be able to help out in their medical centre, Baby Watoto and spend time with the families in the village. To reach our goal of visiting Uganda, we need to raise £28,000. Keep your eyes peeled for ways in which you can support us in our fundraising journey!

For further information about Watoto visit the Watoto Website or contact:

Hannah Morpeth: hannah.morpeth@gmail.com
Gemma Lindsley: gemma.lindsley89@gmail.com


Hannah & Gemma

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