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Who is Watoto?

Watoto works to empower women and ensure that vulnerable children have a family.

Their three ‘villages’ across Uganda, are a safe place where children can experience the love of a family, access medical care and are empowered to live a full life.

Watoto Villages house and educate up to 1500 children each. 8 children and 1 mama live in 3-bedroom homes set in beautiful, landscaped grounds in each village. This is their family unit until the children are ready to become independent.

With 85% of Uganda’s population is under the age of 30, many young parents are without the support and finances to care for their children. In many cases these babies are abandoned. Baby Watoto is cares for these children.


The Watoto Neighbourhood Mothers program empowers Mothers to start a small business in South Sudan and Uganda. They believe Africa’s greatest resource is her women, empowered. 

The harsh reality is that many women in Africa have been left to bear the brunt of war, poverty and disease. Many of these m are HIV+ and victims of abuse. Uneducated and unemployable, they are left to suffer alone.

Watoto endeavour to restore dignity to these women, providing access to basic needs, adult literacy classes, discipleship, business skills training and job opportunities. This transforms her family’s life and future; breaking the cycle of vulnerability. 

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Why are we partnering?

In the words of Vivien, one of the program graduates, “Watoto is a place where vulnerable women are redeemed.” The program empowers women by teaching them to read, write, care for their children and a practical skill to enable them to earn a living. All of these things restore her dignity.

Having visited Kampala and met with the leadership and toured their facilities, we are thoroughly impressed with their professionalism, integrity and ability to deliver high quality care for the vulnerable in Uganda. We also had the privilege of meeting some of the women who have just joined the program, in their homes, and seeing first-hand the poverty they are trying to break free from. They need our help.

The most impacting thing about Watoto is that it is a microcosm of God’s plan of redemption for all people. You can see and experience God’s heart for his children. It’s transformational.

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What are we currently working on?

Without government support, Covid-19 restrictions decimated Watoto Neighbourhood small businesses. During lockdowns we helped ensure families connected to Watoto Neighbourhood had access to basis needs. Almost 1,000 women have recently completed their training. They’re ready to earn an income to support their children.

You can empower these resilient mothers, donate the $400 start up capital for her small business. 

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