Many children and babies become orphaned during times of conflict and forced displacement. The nature of the conflicts in northern Uganda and across the border in South Sudan has made it especially difficult to find relatives of lost and orphaned children.
Every child deserves a safe and loving environment to grow up in and that is exactly what Moyo Babies’ Home offers.
Moyo Babies’ Home
The Home is run by the Sacred Heart Sisters, who provide the children with a safe and loving environment to grow up in and to begin school. The infants are watched over constantly by the Care Assistants, who give loving care to all the children. When the children become old enough, the Home supports them in going to the local nursery school and then to the primary school nearby.
Re-homing the Children
The Head of Moyo Babies’ Home, Sr. Maureen Kojoa, does all that she can to find the children permanant homes either, in the local community or, if they are South Sudanese, back in South Sudan. Fortunately, each year a few lucky children are found loving homes in their former communities.
Sr. Maureen makes rigorous checks on the suitability of prospective adoptive families and conducts follow-up visits after the child has been re-settled.
How IRT helps
To help ensure the long-term care of the children, IRT is supporting the Sisters at Moyo Babies’ Home to establish and run income-generating projects which can help fund the day-to-day running of the Home. Projects include vegetable growing, keeping poultry and rearing goats. These types of projects not only help supply the Home with food for the older children but the excess can be sold to pay for the babies’ formula milk.
The Sisters also share beehives with the Sisters at Redeemer Children’s Home. Beekeeping is a great source of income as honey is an in-demand product in Uganda.
In supporting Moyo Babies’ Home, our aim is to provide vulnerable orphaned babies and children in northern Uganda with a safe and loving environment in which to grow up.