HOW IT ALL STARTED...
Noah and Diana Kamanzi, Ugandan natives, felt God call them to reach out to these forgotten ladies and their children. They initially started the Ladies of Hope in Mbarara, Uganda, to minister to these ex-prostitutes and the Home of Hope for the orphaned children of these ladies.
Each of these kids has his or her own heartbreaking story. Their situation is doubly oppressive because while their mothers were alive, they experienced so much shame and degradation from the men that abused their mothers and the distain they found in the local bars where they grew up and then they had to face their own hell after their mothers had died.
Their alternative was to run the streets and garbage dumps of the city.
They had to run from the police and the more respectable members of society. They had to develop a severe defensive mentality from the tender ages of 4 and 5 years old. Prostitution for 10 to 12 year old girls was expected. Violence, drugs, disease and despair ruled their lives until they met the usual early death.
Almost all of their mothers contract AIDS/HIV.
Some mothers passed it on to their children, and many died and leaving these kids abandoned.
No one wants them. They are considered the seed of a whore and are therefore defiled and rejected as so much human refuse. Relatives do not want to share their family's inheritance with them, grandparents will not take them in, and their fathers are unknown and missing. It was bad before for them; now it is worse. They were on their own with no hope...
If you have ever gone down into one of these wretched slums in Africa and gotten a slight feel for what it means to have no hope, you will shudder from its' cold desolate grip. No hope. That's what these babies are thrust into. And it is endemic across Africa.
But together we can help them.
Together we can do something that will make a difference in a child's life. We are small right now but expect to be growing in time. We are just beginning and have just purchased a former hostel with 9 rooms. There is no organization, denomination, or church supporting us.
In fact, it is only a small few people who have felt the burden to do something.
I pray that the Lord would touch your heart so that you would join us and help us meet the challenges that face us.