Established in 1948, the Moyo Children’s Home has been a sanctuary for infants and toddlers, caring for new-borns to children aged 5 to 6 years. Under the dedicated guidance of Sister Maureen, the home is located just 30 minutes away from the South Sudan border, offering support to both refugee and Ugandan children.
Moyo is home to a staggering 126,000 South Sudanese refugees, and registrations continue daily as more refugees enter Uganda in the hopes of reuniting with their families. Recent trends have shown a notable increase in new arrivals of Sudanese refugees arriving from Khartoum. The conditions within the refugee camps have driven some refugees to leave due to reduced provisions, with rations now standing at 10,000 Ugandan Shillings per person, equivalent to a mere £2 per month.
The core mission at Moyo Home is to provide essential care to infants with the ultimate goal of reintegration into their families, establishing bonds with foster parents, or, as a last resort, facilitating adoption. As part of their evolving approach, Moyo Home is transitioning towards family-based care, aligning with the broader mission to provide children with nurturing family environments.
This transition is concurrent with their ongoing role in providing life-saving care for infants due to critical circumstances, such as the unfortunate loss of a birth mother during childbirth, the inability of kin to care for the child, or when a child’s life is at imminent risk without intervention. In numerous instances, Moyo Home has successfully traced the families of abandoned babies, striving to reunite them with their loved ones.
The home also offers parental and adult caregiver services, diligently conducts contact tracing and all forms of family tracing and reunification, explores alternative care options, including foster homes and adoption. This holistic approach aligns with the overarching mission of the home, which is to provide a nurturing environment where every child has the opportunity to thrive and grow.