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…)

Relying on the Land March 29, 2019

This April, the Childcare Worldwide family is embarking on a prayer journey. For 30 days, we’ll be praying for God’s blessing and provision for the hungry children and families we serve around the world. To start us off, Charles, our Director in Uganda is here to share about his own experience with hunger and what it looks like for families today. For more content like this, and to add your voice to 30 Days of Prayer, sign up here.


 

42 years ago, I was born and raised in Buganda, Uganda, a region which was known predominantly as an agricultural region: a food basket and economic power house for Uganda. We would enjoy at least three meals a day, a heavy breakfast at 10am after gardening, lunch at 2pm and dinner at 8pm. Food was always in surplus to accommodate even visitors.

During our primary school times, our mothers would preserve some of the food which we would carry to school for our breakfast and lunch. This was typical of every household because homes produced more than enough food. Almost every household had fruits like mangoes, jackfruits, lemons, passion fruits, (more…)

Field Notes from Asia March 22, 2019

Bill, President of Childcare Worldwide, returned from his first visit to India, Sri Lanka and Thailand last week. We wanted to share some highlights from his trip to Asia!

India

What a blessing it has been to be in Chennai, India to visit our Childcare Worldwide programs! It has been so wonderful to meet our CCW leaders and witness the ministry being provided to the children. (more…)

Meet the Courageous Choir! March 13, 2019

Our newest Ugandan Kids Choir is finally here! To introduce them to you, here’s our Tour Leader, Amanda Halle, sharing about their experiences so far:

 

If you look up the word “courageous” in the dictionary, you might find a photo of these ten, smiling faces looking back at you. This is our Ugandan Kids Choir and they are (more…)

Taste the World March 8, 2019

Have you ever wondered what your sponsored child eats in an average day? What does dinner look like for the families we serve? Today, you can experience it for yourself! Join us on a culinary adventure, as we share recipes with you from around the globe!

MATOOKE – UGANDA

To start things off, here’s an appetizer for you from Uganda. Matooke (pronounced muh-TOE-kay) is the staple food in Uganda. It’s made from a type of starchy banana that is similar to a plantain. “Matooke” can mean either the dish or the bananas it’s made from. This is a dish that’s hard to recreate in America, but we’ll give it a try! You’re unlikely to find matooke in your local grocery store, but many international markets carry plantains, which work well as a substitute.

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Field Notes from Uganda March 4, 2019

Bill returned from his first visit to Africa last week, and is heading to India shortly. But before the next trip we wanted to share some highlights from his time in Uganda!

I’m in Uganda! Uganda is really growing on me! It’s so much different than Kenya. It’s really green everywhere, with leafy trees and dense jungle. The country really is beautiful, and its people are very welcoming.

I packed a lot into my time in Uganda. First, we visited St. Luke’s Life Center in Entebbe. (more…)

Meet Stessy February 15, 2019

Meet Stessy!

Meet Stessy. This precious four-year-old lives in Haiti. Her home is literally a tent.

And it’s not even a nice tent… their “tent” is actually a combination of tarps and sheets propped up on sticks. There’s a bed at the back, a small pile of dishes in the corner, a wooden table and a small stove set carefully in the open space on the ground in the middle. And that’s it. Can you imagine?

At night Stessy’s mom, Widelène, takes a piece of corrugated metal and props it over the tent’s “door.” She has a small chain she uses to lock this piece of metal to the wooden stakes. That’s all the security she can give Stessy and her sister.

This is the only life little Stessy has ever known. (more…)

Field Notes from Kenya February 14, 2019

I’m here! After many airline delays, and rerouted flights, I finally made it to Kenya. And so far, my visit has been so much fun!

INTRODUCTIONS

Our first stop was to a Life Center. Bavuni School is a church where children visit on Saturday mornings to learn Christian Character Building (CCB) from a curriculum produced by Childcare Worldwide (CCW). They learn Bible verses to memory, sing songs, and then have a lunch of porridge and juice. Our visit was with the pastor, children and some of their parents. The children sang and recited scripture. The pastor delivered a short message, then my colleague Peter Horne (affiliated with CCW since its beginning) told a story on character that was quite animated. The kids laughed as Peter told them that God sees everything they do, and that because of Jesus Christ, they are forgiven. I stood up and greeted the crowd, sending well wishes from the staff at CCW. I loved meeting the kids and seeing their school. (more…)

The End of One Chapter is the Start of Another February 1, 2019

One Ugandan Kids Choir is wrapping up their tour, and another is getting ready to join us! The current choir is headed home in a few short weeks and we are sure going to miss them!

In celebration of the end of their tour, we have something special to share with you. While on the road, we’ve shared a lot of funny moments together as the kids worked on their English and encountered new things. And today we’re going to share some of that laughter with you, through our favorite quotes from each child:

 

  • Isaac: The kids got to see a lot of wildlife they don’t have at home. And sometimes they had no idea what they were looking at. Once, Isaac told Emma, “Auntie! I just saw a small bear!” The actual creature he saw? A groundhog!

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Boda Boda Emergency January 24, 2019

Sitting on the back of a “boda boda” (a motorcycle taxi), Joanitah thought this was a day like any other.

Joanitah is a high school student who lives in Uganda. After a mid-year break at home with her aunt, she was looking forward to getting back to her boarding school and seeing all her friends. She was also looking forward to starting classes again, and everything she’d learn in the coming months.

She’d traveled this road many times before, often on the back of a motorcycle. (more…)