Orphans Know More (OKM) is one of the ministries of Youth With A Mission England and Wales (YWAM). OKM believe that the best way to tackle the international orphan crisis is to care for children in families. Sam Kisolo, a former HIV/AIDS counsellor, has taken more than 11 orphans into his family over the years (along with his 4 biological children) and cares for many others in the wider community. Some of these former orphans are now grown adults.  When asked why he feels that adoption, rather than opening more orphanages is of such importance he replied,

“Placing children in families gives them the right to be children again. They no longer have to live with the stigma of being an orphan, but become a child again as a part of a family.”

The Jinja Region in Southern Uganda is where Orphans Know More has its pilot project. 20 local families care for 140 children as their own, offering love, acceptance and care without condition. These families still function as a nuclear unit free from institutionalization, inspiring hope in us that this model can be replicated on a larger scale. Stronger families within the network also care for other families that may be headed by a widow who is HIV+. In this way we can partner together to strengthen more families also caring for orphans and vulnerable children.

more information – www.orphansknowmore.com


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