Watoto is a holistic care programme 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.

Watoto is not an orphanage in the traditional sense. Real homes are built for children who have lost their family or are vulnerable for many reasons. Each Watoto family consists of a house-mother and up to 8 children. These homes are constructed in the form of small, vibrant communities referred to as villages.

The Watoto model involves physical care, medical intervention including HIV/AIDS treatment, education - formal and vocational, trauma counselling and moral and spiritual discipleship.

Baby Watoto provides critical care to destitute babies aged 0-2 years, giving them the best possible start in life. When they are older and physically well enough, they either graduate to a Watoto children’s village or are reunited with existing relatives. Currently, there are three Baby Watoto facilities – in Kampala, Suubi and Gulu.

Watoto also cares for vulnerable women through their Living Hope project. This programme is currently committed to transforming the lives of 900 women in Gulu and over 1,200 in Kampala

Having built an accountable, effective model over the last 15 years, Watoto aims to care for 10,000 children by 2023 and to replicate the model in other countries in Africa. In 2012, we expanded into Southern Sudan - the newest country in the world - and are excited to start Watoto Child Care Ministries there in the near future.

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