Watoto

Watoto works to empower women and ensure that vulnerable children have a family. 
Their three ‘villages’ across Uganda, are a safe place where orphaned and vulnerable children can experience the love of a family, access medical care and are empowered to live a full life; ousing and educating 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. 

As 85% of Uganda’s population is under the age of 30, there are many people now having children who are unable to financially support them and have had no model of parenting.  In many cases these babies are abandoned.  Watoto is now rescuing these kids and providing homes and families for them.  

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

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

The goal of their Neighbourhood Mothers program is to support Ugandan women who are caring for childern in extreme circumstances.  Many of whom are HIV+ and victims of abuse. Watoto endeavour to restore dignity to these women, providing food, clothing, shelter and medical care, HIV/AIDS care, as well as spiritual and moral discipleship.  In addition, they teach these women skills that will help them earn a living and break the cycle of vulnerability.  Payton Foundation provides support to buy equipment to help graduates start their own income-generating enterprises. Watoto recently expanded the program over the border into South Sudan, and the demand is more than they can cope with.  

During Covid-19 they continue to remotely support Neighbourhood Mothers and children living in their villages.

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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.

What are we currently working on?

With their Neighbourhood program, Watoto are finding ways to help mentor mothers who are living in extreme conditions and teach them life skills as well as practical skills to earn a living.  The program includes:

  1. Life skills and discipleship
  2. Adult literacy
  3.  Trauma Rehabilitation 
  4.  Business Skills training
  5. Income generating activities
  6. Keep a girl in school

Contact

Phone: (03) 9866 5811 admin@payton.com.au

Head Office

Level 27, 60 City Road
Southbank VIC 3006 Australia