March 2023 Monthly Letter | Orphanages

From Orphans to Productive Adults.

52 Million Orphans

The AIDS epidemic in combination with wars, disease, and starvation in Africa have left millions of children without parents.  In fact, UNICEF estimates that there are more than 52 million orphans in Africa.  Some of these orphaned children are able to live with grandparents or other family members but other children are not so fortunate.    

The International Children’s Fund (ICF) was created more than 40 years ago with the singular goal of helping desperately poor children.  Our objective has always been to help these children survive, by providing them food and shelter, and then prosper, by providing them access to the education and training to help lift them out of poverty.  One of our most important humanitarian programs is supporting the construction and operation of orphanages. Currently ICF supports 8 orphanages in Africa and India.

    woman and man receiving mosqutio nets
    women sewing outside
    children in a group photo with mosquito nets
    We provide a safe, happy, healthy environment for orphans to live and to gain the education and skills to become productive adults.

    Our first orphanage was constructed in Uganda in 1984.  With the support of ICF, Pastor George Kasharu constructed God’s Grace Children’s Home in Jinja, Uganda.  For the last 40 years, Pastor George and more recently with the help of his son, Pastor Peterson, has been changing lives for the better in Eastern Uganda.  In addition to the original orphanage, they have constructed and oversee a trade school, a church, and a widow’s support facility.  They have been tireless in their commitment to provide shelter, food, education, and medical care for vulnerable groups.  The impact that they have made is truly incredible.

    Their orphanage has housed, fed, clothed, and educated nearly 6,000 children.  That is 6,000 children who may not have survived and certainly would not have prospered without the care, love, and support that they received from the God’s Grace Children’s Home.

    • They have distributed nearly 150,000 mosquito nets to children and pregnant women across Eastern Uganda.  These nets are considered the best way to reduce the risk of illness or death due to malaria.
    • They have provided nearly 1,500 widows and single mothers with vocational education in tailoring and other trades.  This training gives these vulnerable women the ability to earn the money needed to support themselves and their children.
    • They have rehabilitated or constructed countless homes for vulnerable families.
    • They have provided education and training to countless children who, as a result, will have a  brighter future.
    • They have provided extensive food distribution, deworming, and countless other programs to vulnerable groups in their communities.

    With your support, the Kasharus and their dedicated staff have helped tens of thousands of desperately poor children and their families.  Even with their tireless efforts, they simply cannot keep up with the needs of the communities that they serve.  Please help us to help them to do even more to feed, to educate, to house, and to train vulnerable groups so that they can break the chains of poverty.

    See children fed, educated, and empowered.

    Become a Hope Ambassador

    Paul states in 2 Corinthians 5:20 that “we are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us…”

    It can be easy to skim past this verse, but the historical context of an “ambassador” brings a wealth of meaning. Such ambassadors or delegates, whether Jewish or Greco-Roman, came with the authority of the sender, in his place, to secure his interests. The reality is, God is making his appeal through us, and wants to secure His very own interests.