As of October 4, our home will no longer be Abbotsford, BC, but Suubi, Uganda. A little village about an hour outside of Kampala that doesn’t come up on Google Maps. You may be wondering, what could possibly bring them to a place so small that Google Maps doesn’t even know about it?
I was hoping you would ask.
For 8 months, Karl and I will be serving in one of Watoto’s baby homes. As an Intercultural Studies student at CBC, I am required to do an 8 month internship, which is an opportunity to be immersed into a new culture and put what I’ve been learning the last three years in a classroom into practice. This internship was a large part of what motivated me to apply to CBC, and it’s hard to believe that it’s now almost here.
Now, about Watoto.
Watoto Child Care Ministries is a Uganda based organization that began in 1994 in a small house with 8 orphans and a widow who were given the chance to become a new family. Now, 23 years later, over 4000 abandoned and orphaned children have been given care, and over 3000 are still receiving it. This four minute video will give you a better understanding of what Watoto is, and where we will be:
We will be working at Baby Watoto, which is for babies from newborn to 2 years old. When they are healthy and old enough, the children graduate into villages and into situations similar to the very first home, given a chance to be a family. Watoto believes that today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders. They do not allow outside adoptions, so once you’re a Watoto baby, you’re part of the Watoto family for life. Our day to day will look like making beds, serving food, doing chores, and, of course, loving babies. However, our primary function is to support the permanent nannies so they can focus on the babies and not the chores.
Watoto is doing so much amazing work in Uganda, which is why we are so excited to be a part of this organization. I’d highly encourage you to go to their website and read more about them. If you want to know more about why we are going there, I’ve written about our decision making process.