Author Archives : Caitlin Sakuma

How to Build a Water Tank in 5 Simple Steps July 16, 2019

In Kenya and Uganda, a water tank can change hundreds of lives…in just 5 simple steps.

1. YOU

YOU are the first step. Your compassion for children who are suffering from dirty water prompts your amazing generosity. And it’s your gift that starts the process, culminating in that first drop of clean water!

2. Location Scout

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Finding Hope in Haiti July 8, 2019

In Haiti, many children can’t go to school at all, let alone trade school. But Babette is an exception!

At 20 years old, Babette has big dreams. So often, the narrative we hear about Haiti is full of despair; violence, poverty, and natural disasters fill the story. But not when you talk to Babette!

Babette is full of hope for her future – and her country’s future – all because of one simple difference: she was sponsored.

Her picture was on the table at a Ugandan Kids Choir event, (more…)

The Water of Life June 28, 2019

Providing clean water for children in need is one of our best opportunities to impact their future. Clean water frees up time for school and play. It also promotes health, keeping kids out of the hospital and even saving lives. Ask any clean water organization about their purpose, and their answer will include those two things: time and health.

But for us, there’s a third reason we’re committed to clean water, and it’s the most important reason of all: the Gospel! You see, giving children clean water is an amazing opportunity to share with them about the Living Water! Here’s how it works: (more…)

The Water Walk June 10, 2019

Every morning, 12-year-old Diana gets up with the sun. Before she can go to school, she has to get water for her family.

Diana lives in Salgaa, a densely populated town in Kenya. It’s a truck stop for long-distance drivers, but most of the residents – like Diana’s family – are farmers. Her dad drives a tractor, but most of his pay goes to cover rent on their small house. There is very little left for food, clothes, or school fees for Diana and her siblings.

Worst of all, there’s no money left for water.

Which is why Diana gets up early every morning (more…)

Celebrating the Choir June 3, 2019

The Ugandan Kids Choir delighted audiences around the United States for over a decade, with upbeat performances featuring authentic East African music, drumming, and dance, along with Christian Ugandan and American worship songs. Everywhere they went they put a smile on people’s faces, and a bounce in people’s step. As we look back on 13 years of tours, we wanted to share a few of our favorite memories of tours past.

1. So many firsts!

Tour life is filled with new experiences. Swimming is always a favorite with choir kids, but that wasn’t the only thing they got to experience here in the United States. They saw snow for the first time, tried their hand at baseball, took their first plane rides, tasted new foods, and so much more!

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5 Reasons Why Water Matters May 28, 2019

If you can, try to count how many times a day you turn on a tap. As I write this, it’s not even 9am, and I’m already up to seven. I’ve taken a shower, flushed a toilet, washed my hands, made coffee, rinsed my cereal bowl, and gotten a glass of water. Clean, running water is so readily available to us, it’s almost impossible to understand what life is like without clean water access.

But in developing countries, many people still don’t have access to clean water, even today. And it’s more than just an inconvenience: every 90 seconds, a child dies from diseases spread by dirty water. That’s why water is one of our best opportunities to improve children’s lives. Here’s how:

1. Clean water is health.

Without running water, families turn to whatever water sources they can find. (more…)

Sponsorship: Fast Track to a Bright Future May 20, 2019

Livingstone’s story is anything but ordinary. He’s endured a lot of heartbreak, but he didn’t let that keep him down for long.

When he was just 9 years old, Livingstone’s parents both got sick and passed away. (more…)

The Miracle of Sponsorship April 30, 2019

Chamali’s story is a miracle. It’s also an amazing testament to the strength of her amazing mother, and the difference that a caring sponsor like you, can make in a child’s life.

Chamali lives in Sri Lanka with her mom Indu and her younger sister Bhagiya.

Her mother was married off at just 16 years old. After the hurried wedding, Indu found out that her new husband made illegal moonshine, and that her own father had sold her (more…)

Irene’s Life After Tour April 15, 2019

After 8 months of traveling around the United States with the Ugandan Kids Choir, 13-year-old Irene is back home in Uganda. We caught up with her at her school a few weeks after she got home, to see how she’s adjusting to her old life.

Irene was so happy to be back home. Her favorite part was seeing her family, especially her mom, (more…)

Hungry, embarrassed, exhausted, late April 10, 2019

Nerious is a lot like most 12-year-old girls you’ve met. She is full of life. She’s trying to figure out who she is, and what her place in the world is. She can be really shy, and easily embarrassed. Nerious loves a good story – her favorite subject is English. And she wants to be a doctor when she grows up.

But Nerious lives in Kenya and her family is poor.

That means her life is so much harder than most 12-year-olds’. You see, Nerious’ dad died (more…)