What is Watoto?
Watoto Child Care Ministries
Providing Holistic Care for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children And Women in Africa since 1994
Watoto is an holistic care programme that was initiated as a response to the overwhelming number of orphaned children and vulnerable women in Africa, whose lives have been ravaged by war, poverty and disease – particularly HIV/AIDs.
In sub-Saharan Africa, the HIV/AIDS pandemic has orphaned more than 14 million children (UNAIDS Global Facts & Figures 2008). According to World Hunger Facts 2009, 11 million children die each year before their 5th birthday.
Watoto is positioned to rescue an individual, raise each one as a leader in their chosen sphere of life so that they in turn will rebuild their nation. The model includes physical care, medical intervention including HIV/AIDS treatment; education - formal and vocational; counselling and emotional wellbeing; and moral and spiritual discipleship.
Watoto fulfills these goals by building children’s villages and restoring hope and dignity to vulnerable women, most of them HIV+, widows and former victims of civil war.
Watoto is currently operating out of Uganda, East Africa where over 2,000 children and infants are cared for in three children’s villages and babies’ homes. 2,100 women are empowered through Watoto’s Living Hope initiative.
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