Meet Jajja's Kids
Imagine a child...
dropped off at the gate of a children’s home by parents who are never heard from again,
collecting scraps off the street to support your family at only 7 years old,
having a loving mother who works hard but cannot feed you and your five siblings,
being abandoned by your father, only to find he has another family he is living with.
These are some of the stories of our kids.
When the doors to our home first opened in 2013, the children who arrived were between the ages of 5 and 9. They had slept on sidewalks, searched trash cans for food, earned a few shillings where they could, and spent their days fighting to survive. Today they live together as family, eat three meals a day, attend school regularly, and are cared for by a staff of six.
For them, the daily existence of hunger, abandonment, and life on the street is now a memory.
Julian Gabula, now 10, came to Jajja’s Kids when he was 4. He is nurturing with younger children, and in his free time enjoys drawing, soccer and doing acrobatics. He is inquisitive and has flourished since becoming a part of the Jajja's family.
Kayondo Rakibu is 12 and has been at the home since it opened in 2013. He is a serious student, self-motivated to achieve high grades. His favorite sport is soccer and he especially loves science. Kayondo is a kind and loyal friend who brings a smile to everyone he meets.
Nicholas Nkalubo is 13 and a very talented artist who excels in painting beautiful and detailed scenes of traditional African life. He is helpful, generous, and full of compassion. Nicholas has been with Jajja’s Kids since 2013, when its doors first opened.
Brian Sseruyange age 9, is the youngest of the Jajja's family, joining the home in 2018. He is a self-motivated, hard working student who puts great effort into learning and enjoys all subjects. Brian is also clever and resourceful, and easily made a swing for himself while helping clean the yard!
Daudi Byaruhanga arrived at Jajja’s Kids in 2015. Now 12, Daudi works very hard in school to achieve all he can, enjoys playing football, and dreams of being a farmer. He is a kind young man with a great sense of humor.
Abduala Azizi, 13, came to Jajja’s Kids at age 7. He is a natural athlete who enjoys running and soccer the most, and is also an excellent dancer. Azizi dreams of being a pilot, so he can travel and see the world. And he loves pineapple and mangoes!
Ryan Nikundu, age 11, joined Jajja’s Kids in 2013. He is a high achiever, at the top of his class with several academic awards, and excels in all areas of the curriculum. Ryan is a fantastic writer and enjoys playing board games with his Jajja’s Kids siblings.
Davis Akampa, age 14, arrived in 2015. He loves science, and takes his education seriously. Davis is a natural leader and great role model. He is the Academics Minister at Jajja’s Kids, and was voted 2018 "Man of the Year" by the other children in the home.
Ashim Kaheru, 14, is a warm and friendly child who likes to make others laugh. He enjoys swimming, football, math and science, and he would like to be a surgeon in the future. Ashim has been with Jajja’s Kids since the home opened in 2013.
Abdul (Haji) Kasozi is 13 and achieved very high grades at the end of primary school. He is a fine artist and is learning the art of batiks. Haji is friendly to all and for three years held the challenging position of Food Minister at Jajja’s Kids’ home. He has been at the home since its beginning.
Shafik Kiyaga, 14, was 8 when he arrived at Jajja’s Kids. He is a sensitive boy, interested in becoming a farmer and raising animals. He's a great soccer player and enjoys running. He likes to play music and is a very talented dancer. He loves doing handstands!
Juma Muguluma, 18, has been with Jajja’s Kids since age 12. He is a strong leader who perseveres when facing challenges. He is highly organized, hardworking, and puts great effort into his schoolwork. Juma wants to be a farmer, builder, or perhaps the president!
Dan Akampulira is 15 and a kind-hearted young man who helps with the younger children. He is an excellent dancer and loves art. His favorite subjects are biology and chemistry, and he dreams of being a surgeon to save people’s lives. He and brother Davis arrived in 2015.
Mark Wasajja, 16, has been with the program since it began. He is determined to have a good education so he may someday help his mother and siblings. He is an eloquent speaker, great writer, and hopes to study engineering. Mark likes math because it makes him think hard and calculate numbers.
Sonia Nakakembo is 17 and a dedicated student who loves fashion, art, and the color pink. Sonia enjoys chemistry and wants to be a civil engineer in the future so she can help people build houses, like her new home with Jajja’s Kids. She joined Jajja’s Kids at age 15.
Steven Ssenyonga is 19 and proud to study welding. He is good with electronics and always helpful with house repairs. He enjoys art and creates beautiful paintings and drawings, and is very hard to beat at checkers! Steven has been with the program for four years.
Photo credit MJ Adelman