There are over two million orphans in Uganda and over 50% of Uganda’s population is under the age of 15. Many countries, including Uganda, in Africa have been ravaged and torn apart by AIDS and war leaving millions of innocent children on the streets and without a family. Many of these children find their way to the inner city and join a gang inside a ghetto just to survive. The streets are littered with abandoned and/or orphaned children. Many die from malnutrition and starvation. Others die from diseases such as malaria and typhoid. Their numbers are too great and yet they are an unnumbered population. They have become to their society, disposable. However, there are those who refuse to accept these facts as the only answer. Kids Inspiring Kids plans on “Inspiring Nations One Life at a Time”.
Monday, April 19, 2010
* For specific adoption information including procedures, costs, and additional information please contact either Tomi: firstname.lastname@example.org or Nicole: email@example.com directly.
* All the children available for adoption are HIV negative and generally healthy unless otherwise mentioned.
"Not flesh of my flesh, Nor bone of my bone, But still miraculously my own. Never forget for a single minute, You didn't grow under my heart - but in it"
~Fleur Conkling Heylinger
5 1/2 months old
* Mother died suddenly (not of AIDS) and the father has given up all parental rights.
* Currently living and being cared for in the KIK compound for the past six weeks.
* He loves playing with his yellow truck
Gloria, Sarah, Paul and Eric
6, 5, 4 and 3 years old
* Complete orphans
* Currently living in the Banda Ghetto with their grandmother
* Sarah is a half sister
* Attend KIK's Character-Training Programs in the Banda Ghetto
Rita and Richard
7 years old and 8 years old
* Complete orphans
* Currently living with an Aunt in the Banda Ghetto who can no longer afford to take care of them.
* Attend KIK's Character-Training Programs.
12 years old
* Of Acholi (northern Uganda) decent and was living in the Banda Ghetto until coming under KIK's care in November 2009.
* His mother died when he was three years old and his father died in December 2008.
* He stepped up as a leader in the Saturday Kids Character-Training Program for over 3 years.
* In P6 (6th grade equivalent) and his best subject is English.
Filda - UNAVAILABLE
14 years old
* Of Acholi (northern Uganda) decent and was living in the Banda Ghetto before coming under KIK's care nearly four years ago.
* Completely orphaned when both of her parents died of AIDS.
* Her best subject in school is Social Studies and she is in S2 (10th grade equivalent).
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Everyday is a brutal reality of the vast amount of need in this tiny, but magnificent country of Uganda. However, through a focused mission and vision our purpose can now be measured in various results. Our purpose is not to change a few people's lives for a single day, but rather to change the nation, and eventually have that change infect the countries surrounding Uganda, and outward. There is so much to hope for. Our purpose is steadfast and on track to impact an even bigger cross section of the community in 2010. With our strong foundation of support we are changing this nation one life at a time.
Thank You for your continued support,
Kids Inspiring Kids©
In This Issue:
Due to the enormous success of the KIK Banda Ghetto Character-Training Program and the Jeremiah Women Group© there is additional need for extended programs. Starting April 10, 2010 KIK will be adding a separate youth boy and youth girl program.
Cliff, a local Ugandan and KIK administrator, will be leading the boys program. He is an ex-footballer (soccer) and Bible school graduate. This program will further the teachings of the Character-Training Program on a deeper and more intimate level. They will also be taught ethics, sportsmanship, and how to lead a Christ-Centered life.
Tomi will lead the youth girl's program with the help of Jennifer, a volunteer from Texas, and Ida, a former Sunday school teacher and current employee of KIK. This youth program in many ways will mirror the teachings of the adult Jeremiah Women Group©. They will be focusing on self-esteem, self-worth and self-respect. By teaching and promoting etiquette, mentor ship and domestic skills we plan on helping these girls discover and achieve their personal purpose in life, no matter their circumstances.
Christine is 27years old and from the Acholi tribe. This tribe was the most heavily effected during the 20+ year war in northern Uganda. Like many other displaced Acholi persons she is currently living in the Banda Ghetto with her five children.
When Christine was eight years old she was abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) along with her ten year old brother. Commanded by the LRA to save her and her brother's life, she participated in the killing of her own parents. For the next three years she traveled with the LRA being used as a child sex-slave. She was also commissioned to cook the herbs used in the LRA's ceremonies before raids. Miraculously, when she was eleven years old she escaped captivity. However, her brother wasn't as fortunate and was killed just before crossing over the Sudanese border. Christine married at age fourteen and had three children. By age seventeen she had separated from her husband. She remained single until she was twenty two years old, when she met her current husband and had two more children. Christine was one of the lucky ones and is HIV negative. Her family is looking forward to relocating to Place of Refuge Village© upon construction completion.
While in the Ghetto this past week KIK encountered a three year old little boy with his entire head burned. We don't have all the details, but the extent of the injury is pretty extreme. KIK will be facilitating medical attention for him and keep you posted on his progress.
Burns are especially common in Uganda because of the various open air fires constantly going for cooking.
Fatuma, the fifteen year old burn victim in the Banda Ghetto, is doing great! Her burns are healing nicely and she won't have to have any skin-grafts. She is coherent and happy with the epileptic seizures occurring less often. KIK is still looking for a place where she can be away from the step-father and where the epilepsy can be monitored. Keep praying that we find a place for her to go.
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Send Boxed Donations Directly to:
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Kampala, Uganda E. Africa
How YOU can HELP!
-KIK would love to make a documentary detailing the journey of the people displaced to the Banda Ghetto from war-torn Northern Uganda and then their final move to the Place of Refuge Village©. If you are interested or know someone/a group who might be interested please contact Tomi or Nicole Mills.
-Make a donation
-Ghetto Children: Inquire specifically
-Orphans in Tomi's home: Inquire specifically
-Shoe's Since shoes can be heavy to send if you wish to donate in this capacity, sandals in Uganda cost about $00.80 per pair. Just send a check marked accordingly to: KIK
3601 Fowler Dr.
Austin, TX 78738
-Volunteer Come and visit us in Uganda!! You can visit as an individual or as a group. Experience the changing of lives personally and emotionally. It can change your life forever. If you are interested please contact Nicole Mills or Tomi Mills directly.
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Vision: Kid's Inspiring Kids plans on "Inspiring Nations One Life at a Time" by establishing Place of Refuge Village for the people of the war-torn north and the Banda Ghetto.