Last Wednesday Watoto staff welcomed 20 children between the ages of 3 and 8 to Buloba village. Most of them had been abandoned, rescued by the police and taken to the government run Naguru Reception Centre. The caregivers at Naguru centre must wait 6 months before referring them to an organization that can take better care of them. They make radio announcements and wait for someone to come and claim the forgotten children.
Some have experienced abuse during their time living on the streets; others have been rescued from clubs where their mothers abandoned them during a night out. When you see them lining up to get on the bus that will take them to their new home, you get the feeling that some of them are scared, shy and even sad and it’s easy to understand why. They have been moved from one environment to another and have had to adapt to many different circumstances. They don’t know the strangers that stand before them or whether or not they can trust them. They were probably going to miss the friends they made during their months at Naguru and were sad to leave them behind. But our team welcomed them into our big family with hugs and smiles.
After introductions were made, the children danced and sang with our team as they waited for their Watoto mothers to receive them in their new homes. Some were still reluctant. But as soon as they enter their new homes and get to sit on their new beds there’s a feeling of surprise. Our homes are simple and humble structures, but most of these children have never even had the chance to sleep on their own beds. Please pray for these precious kids as they make this big adjustment.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD,
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
Thank you and God Bless you!