In 2008, we learned about an epidemic present in sub-Saharan Africa that still exists today. Oftentimes, parents and/or guardians are forced to give up their guardianship to orphanages simply because they’re unable to provide the most basic needs for their children: food, medical care, and education. Children who have living, healthy family members can and do become orphans overnight.
The Family Unit
As we began to speak with parents and guardians who were dropping their children off at local Ugandan orphanages, a simple solution arose. If we could help provide food, medical care, and schooling funds for their children, their families were more likely to stay intact.
From 10 to over 700
We started in 2008 by meeting these basic needs of just 10 children, ensuring they remained in the care of their own families rather than in an orphanage. That number grew to 150 before the end of 2008 and by 2016, Amazima’s partners were helping provide over 700 children with daily meals, education, medical care, and discipleship.
Meet our Students
What started as a small scholarship program grew to include mentoring, vocational training, and feeding outreaches. Though the program has grown and evolved throughout the years, our mission has never wavered. It remains, “To make disciples of Jesus through authentic relationships, excellent education, and strengthened communities.”