In Uganda over 14 million of the country's 27 million people are below the age of 15. The number of children orphaned continues to increase; 13.1% of children under the age of 18 are considered orphans. What happens once they reach the age of 18? The government says they are no longer orphans.
On a mission trip in 2016 to Uganda, Pastor DuBayonne was introduced to 3 young men that had been rescued as young children from eating out of the garbage and became members of the House of Hope orphanage. The young men are close to finishing high school but are facing a big challenge as the government of Uganda is requiring that any youth age 18 and up move out of the orphanage due to their age. If this were to happen to these 3 young men it would be very difficult for them to continue going to school.
On this same trip Pastor DuBayonne also met a young man named Eric who was living on the streets and had been for most of his life. Given the opportunity to show compassion to this young man Pastor DuBayonne soon befriended him and was able to introduce Eric to the other three young men mentioned above that were near his age. Eric and the young men became fast friends and Eric chose to leave his life on the streets, before Pastor DuBayonne left Africa we were able to secure 3 months of housing for Eric. Since that time he has given his life to Jesus and is attending Pastor Johnson’s church.
Responding to the need that Eric and the young men have for continued education and housing New Life Christian Church now sponsors and was behind the birth of House of Hope Transitional Home with the intention of helping them with the academic or trade school. This will enable them to care for themselves. The cost of this home including food is between $800-$1,000 per month.
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