|The Watoto mission is not simply about saving as many orphaned and vulnerable children as possible. It is also about raising them up to become future leaders who will bring sustainable change in their nation.|
As we look to fulfill the vision to rescue two million children in Africa by 2023 through the replication of the Watoto model, there is a need to introduce a broader range of income streams to support operating costs.
In addition to the existing three villages, we need to continue building to keep on track with the vision to rescue Africa’s orphaned children. An optimum size village requires 150 acres of land and will care for 1,000 children.
Behind every cluster of homes is an elaborate infrastructure that must be developed before the homes are fit to live in. The requirements include access to water, landscaping, provision of septic systems and a framework for electricity.
Watoto homes are designed to have running water and a bathroom, which are rare in rural Africa. We are also investigating better ways of constructing the villages so they are cost-effective, eco-friendly and sustainable for future development.
Our goal is to create a fund for infrastructural expenditure to ensure that every home is built to last.
Farming (Agricultural and Livestock)
Uganda’s fertile land and climate provides an excellent environment to develop self-sustainability through agricultural and livestock farming. This project will also provide an opportunity to enhance existing and new vocational training programmes by affording employment for the students.
We are pursuing further land for this purpose and for livestock farming.
The farms will provide the children and mothers with opportunities to learn new skills, while at the same time helping the villages become self-sustainable with agricultural, meat, dairy and poultry products.
Any surplus can then be sold to the market.
The production unit is a two-part operation designed to provide training for vocational students in carpentry and metalwork.
The side of the building that is used for the metal work gives the students a chance to learn to make doors, windows, and shutters, while learning how to weld and fabricate.
The other side has a carpentry section where tables, chairs, chalkboards, and cabinets are created.
The students learn a valuable trade and the pieces that they create are used in the villages.
Future projects include:
• Watoto Children’s Hospital
• Surgical Hospital in Gulu, Northern Uganda
• Fish Production
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