Meet Jajja's Kids

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.


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!


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.


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.

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!

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.


Huzaifa (Mukko) Nahabwe, 15, came to our home when he was 10. He is a talented dancer and gifted athlete who enjoys swimming, football and reading books about football. Mukko aspires to be a doctor so he can help people, and dreams of visiting America one day. 

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!


Daphine Nakazibwe is 16, loves fashion and enjoys discussing politics with her Jajja siblings. Her favorite subjects are math and English. She wants to be an eye doctor and also hopes to run an organization for street children. Daphine arrived in 2015.

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!


John Mugoya is 14 and came to Jajja’s Kids when he was 9. He loves animals and wants to be a professional farmer. He loves the arts, including music, dance, and drama. He is a kind young man who loves his Jajja family and enjoys playing soccer with them.


Dauda Abasi, 14, came to the program in 2015. He enjoys playing soccer, basketball and swimming.  He likes to study physics, biology, and math so that when he grows up he might be a medical doctor or lawyer. He takes on leadership roles and has a very forgiving nature. 

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. 

Portraits of each child, November 2019

Photo credit MJ Adelman