#AfricaWH | 1 Year Later

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in Africa, Featured Stories, Uganda - 3 min read by Blog Team

#AfricaWH | 1 Year Later

Last January, we set out on an adventure of a lifetime with five gifted advocates and storytellers. Our goal was to raise awareness of the growing number of children being abandoned in the streets of Uganda, home to 2.5 million orphans.

Ugandan slums - World Help

Our crew traipsed the littered alleys of the Katwe slum—one of the largest in Uganda—where half a million impoverished people call home. We witnessed a shocking number of children roaming Katwe . . . hungry and utterly alone. It is here, in these muddy streets, that a generation of Ugandan children are growing up exposed to unthinkable suffering and exploitation.

Watch Operation Baby Rescue | Jerry’s Story from World Help on Vimeo.

That’s why the World Help Bloggers came to Africa . . . to use their voices for these voiceless children. Together with our partner Destiny Villages of Hope, we had a dream of providing these abandoned children with a forever home.

Our prayer was to expand our Operation Baby Rescue program in Uganda by completing the construction of a Rescue Home, a facility designed to rehabilitate and provide long-term care for malnourished and abandoned children.

We spent a week listening and telling the stories of genocide survivors, former child soldiers, and the true heroes of Africa. We unrolled yards of fresh white canvas and watched as tiny fingers and inquisitive minds painted a tapestry of life and innocence. We invited our readers to see Africa in a new light—one rising from the ashes of poverty.

Rescue Art - World Help

And at the end of it all, our supporters responded by helping us fund, not one, but three Rescue Homes that now offer protection and nurturing to dozens of children.

One year later, we are celebrating. We’re celebrating the joy of healing and hope that results when we use our time, talents, and resources to share love with those who need it most. Our #AfricaWH trip tells the story of the reconciliation that is possible when God’s children choose to serve as His hands and feet.

We believe all people matter to God—even street children forgotten by the rest of the world—and that all people deserve a fighting chance. That’s why we’ll continue to tell the stories that need to be heard, get our hands dirty, and work harder than ever to take the love of God to the ends of the earth.

AfricaWH team - World Help

Thank you #AfricaWH team for using your gifts to tell the truth and invite us to share Christ-centered empathy. And thank you World Help supporters for joining our journey and responding to the need in Uganda. Today, we celebrate with you.

Look back with us at the stories that helped pave the way for rescue . . .

What the Church Needs to Know About Suffering by Emily Wierenga >>

Beauty is a Universal Language by Matt Appling >>

We Look for the Evah’s of the World by Michele-Lyn Ault>>

Redemption for the Hopeless by Dan King >>

Don’t Miss “The End” . . . by Noel Yeatts >>

Learn more about the #AfricaWH journey, the Rescue Homes initiative, and the passionate storytellers who joined our team here, and consider joining our efforts to rescue abandoned and malnourished children around the world.


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