Please join me in praying for Kafo Foundation in Uganda. This is a little different from most of my posts. This foundation does not present itself as being a Christian ministry. I asked the founder, Steve Kityo, about his faith. He said, “I grew up in the family of Christian. Up to now am still a Christian.”
The mission of Kafo Foundation is to help children affected by the AIDS epidemic in Uganda. Steve gave the following background.
In the 1980s, HIV –Aids was first tested in southern districts of Rakai Masaka and Many others it spread so rapidly in Kampala because of some ignorance of Monogamy ,Unprotected sex and prostitution. As a result, estimates of as high as more than 10% of Ugandans had contracted the HIV virus. Estimates that up to 1.3 million people are infected in Uganda. As a result Aids created an explosion of orphans, most of these orphans do not have HIV themselves, as their parents contracted the disease after they were born.
However, these children don’t even have an opportunity to pursue an education or get food. Many have dropped out of school because their remaining family members, if any, can no longer afford the fees.
He shared this about the current situation:
Many parents have already died of AIDS but those who remain and are suffering from the disease or widowed by it, live in such dire poverty that they can no longer afford to feed, clothe or educate their children.
With so much death and so little reason to hope, many villagers worry about ensuring a future for their children, rather than themselves. They often face the heartbreaking dilemma of spending what little money they have on medication for themselves or education for their children.
There may be millions of children impacted by AIDS in Uganda by 2030. As the number of AIDS orphans is growing quickly, there is a narrow window of opportunity in which all they can be educated.
He explained this about Kafo:
Kafo does not operate orphanages or foster homes. Instead, with our financial assistance, we empower the local communities, families and Education Institutions to take care of the children, allowing them to continue to grow up in their native villages. To further decrease their sense of social stigma and isolation, Kafo places the children in schools that purposefully integrate them with children not impacted by HIV/AIDS. These efforts aim to give AIDS-affected children a stronger sense of community and belonging.
I encourage you to visit their website to learn more about this outreach: http://www.kafofoundation.org.
Please join me in praying for Steven and his team, for this outreach, and for the children. Please pray that Kafo will continue to make a difference in the lives of these children and that Jesus will capture the heart of everyone involved. Please pray for provision.