“Little Angels” orphanage is a favorite of AClem Foundation. Located at 32 kilometers from the border with Congo, the village of Kinyamaseke barely subsists thanks to its small businesses and tourists who come to discover the wildlife of Queen Elisabeth National Park and the shores of Lake Edward and Lake George.
In 2009, David organized for us to visit “Little Angels” orphanage, where close to 150 children live in squalid conditions. 60 of them are here after the death of their parents from AIDS. The orphanage is their only mean of survival and opportunity to live in a “family environment”. The school counts 20 staff members and despite the educational and school infrastructure being below the standards, the employees give all their time and love to these abandoned children.
During another mission in 2013, our project manager based in Switzerland, decides to give long-term help to the orphanage and make sure that the children have prospects, thus helping the community along the way. In order to be efficient in the short time she had, she sets up the rebuilding of the dormitories and buys 60 beds, sheets, pillows, blankets, and mosquito nets. Every day, more than 250 meals are served, therefore the second phase of the renovation at “Little Angels” is the construction of a kitchen. As she says, “a child can’t study properly if he/she does not have a place to sleep and eat”. The orphanage, a modest building of small proportions, houses a few classrooms made of steel sheets, bamboo and wooden sticks, and a little play area in the center of the property, which is for now inaccessible after the recent flooding.
Since 2014, “Little Angels” orphanage has had a rapid and constant expansion, which allows the children and their teachers to believe in a better future. To this day, the donations have paid for:
Our new project, “Elephant Kids Orphanage & Vocational Center”, came to life in 2015 with the construction of the site’s first phase: the house for the volunteers will be big enough for two to eight people. EKO, the project pet name, remains the bridge between primary/secondary education and the learning of a trade that is the locally most sought-after jobs: sewing, administrative work, gardening, cooking, agriculture and more.
We hope to complete the project in three to five years; its structure and development will depend on future donations and on-site logistics. We constantly try to plan a working strategy and precise logistics to take this wonderful project to completion.
“Ungawa” (the farm) saw the day in 2009 after David and Rosario’s meeting. The first act was the purchase of twenty Ankole longhorns, a sacred species. The objective was for the proceeds from the sale of their protein-rich milk to go to the “Little Angels” orphans. Unfortunately, bad weather and the drought in the Karese region prevented the outcome we expected.
In 2015, we decided to reorganize the property by selling the longhorns and buying a sizeable caprine herd (2 billy goats and 90 goats), building two barns, securing it with two gates connecting the giant pens constructed during the mission in 2014. To improve the daily life of the two managing farmers at “Ungawa”, we are also renovating their accommodations (bedroom, washroom, kitchen).
Ungawa’s main goal is that EKO becomes completely self-sufficient with the proceeds from the sale of goats and the cotton and corn crops.