In the east side of Jinja Municipality lies a haven called Home of Hope, a sanctuary for children battling significant impairments. Here, amidst the daily struggles of life, a beacon of hope emerges through the tireless efforts of individuals committed to making a difference.
Joy Mutamba, the CEO of Mzee Home Care Foundation, stands as a pillar of unwavering support for these children. Her conviction that every child, irrespective of their challenges, deserves a bright future fuel her commitment. It’s a belief rooted in personal experience—a journey that began with her own son’s arduous battle against mental health issues.
“Giving care and help to others doesn’t just make the world better. It also makes you a better, happy, and relieved person with a feeling of being forgiven of your sins,” Joy shares, reflecting on her motivation, drawn from her son’s miraculous recovery and subsequent academic success.
Joined by Yaya Xtra Residence CEO, Stanley Ndawula, Random Acts of Ubuntu (RAU) members and other volunteers, the Mzee Home Care Foundation has dedicated itself to uplifting the underprivileged since 2016. Their recent annual visit to Home of Hope on December 20th epitomizes their commitment—a day filled with sharing, laughter, and genuine connections.
For Maama Edith Lukabwe, the founder of Home of Hope, this journey started with personal adversity. Her son’s battle with multiple disabilities opened her eyes to the struggles of many others in her community. Abandoned and neglected children with disabilities faced dire circumstances, often left in the care of elderly relatives unable to meet their needs.
“I prayed about it several times, but I kept on denying it,” Maama Edith shares, recounting her struggle to answer the call to care for these children. A life-altering accident further reinforced her resolve, leading to the establishment of Home of Hope in 2007, initially sheltering five children, including her son.
From those humble beginnings, Home of Hope has grown to support 96 children, providing not just shelter but also vital community outreach programs. The organization’s dedication extends beyond the shelter, offering essential services like therapy, medical assistance, educational support, and empowering activities.
Amidst the stories of struggle and resilience, Joy, Maama Edith, and their teams exemplify the true essence of superheroes. Their selfless dedication, fueled by empathy and compassion, paints a picture of hope and empowerment for these remarkable children fighting battles that transcend their tender age.
As the sun sets on another day at Home of Hope, the echoes of laughter and the sparkle in the children’s eyes linger—a testament to the unwavering commitment of these everyday heroes and their relentless pursuit of a brighter tomorrow for all.
- Mr. Daniels N. Tatya is an affluent Sports Writer, Commentator and Editor. His over 15 years of covering almost major sporting events makes him a revered and an authority on investigative Sports journalism in Uganda. He can also be reached via [email protected] +256(0)758268315
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