In 2006 a group of Queensland child care professionals had a social night out and attended a choral performance by a choir of young Ugandan singers. The child care workers were amazed at the difference between what our country provided for its children and what they learned about life for kids in Uganda.
Back at work they discussed what they had learnt from their attendance the previous evening and decided they would become passionate about helping to house and educate some of the 1.8 million parentless and destitute children currently living in Uganda, Africa.
A group of volunteers was formed as a non-profit, non-denominational organisation. The members would fundraise and go as a team of volunteers to Africa to help in the constructing of a sustainable village for the Ugandan based Christian organisation called Watoto Child Care Ministries. Their mission was to give orphan children hope and a future.
Since that first team went to Africa there have been numerous other caring HPI volunteer construction teams visit a number of countries and help complete numerous projects from housing construction to school renovations and other education support projects. Read more…
By 2020 the organisation has grown considerably and we now have 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 Humanitarian Projects International Inc. is now a registered Charity (No.: CH2173). It is incorporated (No.:IA39848). It has been approved as a Public Benevolent Institution and has Deductible Gift Recipient status. Read more…
The 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