Meet the Children

Bahati is 3 year old and was born with spinal bifida. He was abandoned at the home of the probation officer. His father abandoned the mother after realizing that she gave birth to a child with a rare disability. Police tried to trace the mother in vain, but she hasn’t been found until today. Bahati was referred to Home of Hope for good care. He was just 6 months when he came.

He has learned how to sit independently and he is also able to crawl. Bahati likes to play with water and dough. He is currently learning to stand with support.

Bahati’s date of birth is August 6th 2015.

Brenda is a 14 year old girl and has Down Syndrome. She lost her mother when she was just 2 years old. She was left to live with her grandmother until she was 13 years. She lost her grandmother in a road accident. After the burial of her grandmother, none of her relatives was willing to take care of her, because of her disabling condition.

For two months she lived alone, and she could only get food from the neighbors and Good Samaritans. But there were also days she could be without food, which resulted in malnutrition. She was rescued by the child and family protection unit of the police who referred her to the probation officer. This man contacted Home Hope who went with her staff to rescue Brenda.

She is now looking healthy, although she can’t walk and needs a lot of physiotherapy. Brenda is currently not attending school due to the fact that she does not have a sponsor, although she is capable of attending a special needs school.

Brenda’s date of birth is February 15th 2004.

Catherine is 9 years old, has cerebral palsy and is HIV positive. She was staying with her grandparents, after her parents died of AIDS. They had problems in monitoring her medication and the rightful diet for her to boost her immunity. During our community work, Home of Hope staff identified this case and later decided to take care of her.

Catherine has learned how to sit and is being trained on crawling and standing.

Catherine’s date of birth is July 5th 2009.

Charity is 10 years old and has cerebral palsy. Her father was a soldier and died in a battle. Charity’s mother was young and got married to another man. As soon as they married, the stepfather mistreated her so badly and demanded the mother to abandon the child, since she is disabled. The local council leader took our outreach team to visit Charity’s family. The mum cried and requested our team to take her daughter with them, since her new husband was mistreating the girl.

Ever since we took Charity into our home, the parents disappeared and never came to visit her. Charity is learning to sit and feed herself.

Charity’s date of birth is May 6th 2008.

David is 10 years old and has cerebral palsy. David was abandoned by his mother at his grandmother’s place. After a few years, the grandmother passed away and David was left by himself in the house with no one to take care of him. Even the relatives left him after the funeral, except the neighbors. They got concerned, because the boy was starving to death. They contacted the authorities who requested Home of Hope to take care of him.

David is going through occupational therapy and is doing well.

David’s date of birth is June 6th 2008.

Farouk is 7 years old and has cerebral palsy. He was staying with his mother, who is known to be having a mental problem and had attempted to kill him several times, but neighbors rescued him. This time round, they took the case to the probation officer of Jinja, who referred Farouk to Home of Hope for good care and safety.

Farouk is dependent in all the daily living activities. However, he is doing well with physiotherapy and is very active.

Farouk’s date of birth is June 5th 2011.

Geofrey is 18 years and has learning disabilities. He is a brother to Yonah, one of our children. His mother divorced his father due to the fact that he was an alcoholic and she also blamed him from having two children with disabilities. Geofrey became very malnourished and was serious infected with jiggers. Both brothers were rescued by Soft Power Health, who later referred them to Home of Hope.

Geofrey is doing very well and is a happy boy. He enjoys dancing to local music and going for a walk.

Geofrey’s date of birth is November 15th 1999.