– MISSION WATOTO AUSTRALIA –
Is the name chosen in 2006 by a group of Australian child care professionals. They were passionate about helping to house and educate some of the 1.8 million parentless and destitute children currently living in Uganda, Africa. They saw this work as a ‘mission’ to be achieved. Watoto is a Swahili word meaning ‘children’. Hence ‘Mission Watoto’.
The group was formed as a non-profit, non-denominational, volunteer group that organised and took teams of volunteers to Africa to help in constructing sustainable Watoto villages for the Ugandan based Christian organisation called Watoto Child Care Ministries. Our mission was to give orphan children hope and a future.
By 2012 the organisation had grown considerably and had State Managers in three Australian States. The Management Committee decided to expand its activities in order to assist vulnerable children and adults both in Australia and overseas countries. The name was changed to Humanitarian Projects International Inc. and this organisation is flourishing today. (Read more…)
Motivation of our First Team of Volunteers
The group, most of whom worked in the Child Care Industry, realised that the majority of our children in Australia have a home and a supportive family. Our government provides assistance for both indigenous and non-indigenous children through:
• Education, health and other financial allowances
• Child care support
• Funding for schools, higher education, vocational education and job training
Yet in places like Uganda and many other parts of the world support to this extent is just not available.
Uganda continues to suffer from a past of corruption, brutality and oppression. The people have endured brutal dictators, the scourge of civil war and the deadly AIDS epidemic. A whole generation is virtually missing. Half the population of Uganda is under the age of 15. These children are craving love, support and a family structure and few hold out any hope for their future. Thankfully, the economy is improving but the country is still struggling. Social services are scarce; water and sanitation systems are not freely available to most and poverty and disease are prevalent. Their government is not equipped to provide care for the children orphaned and abandoned. This is the reality that is Uganda.
For this, the first team, there are 6 posts set up as a photo gallery:
- The Road to Kampala – View these photos
- The People – View
- The Children – View
- Our Building Sites – View
- On Safari in Uganda – View
- The Team – View