10 Year Old Annabel To Shave Head For Watoto

Annabel, 10, from Australia has already raised US$500 for Watoto Childcare Ministries. The money will go to building a classroom for a school that takes in ex-child soldiers in the country’s north.

Her money will go into mud bricks for the classroom, which other students at her school will use to build the classroom later this year.

For Annabel, of Avalon, shaving her head was about making a difference for people in need. “I’m just going to try to get as much money as I can,” she said. She is aiming to raise US$1,000 or more for the cause.

Her school has been working with Watoto for three years, sending students to help with their development projects in Uganda. Read the full article here.

We are very grateful to people like Annabel for coming alongside us to help raise the next generation of African Leaders.

You too can come to Uganda for the Watoto experience firsthand. eMail visitwatoto@watoto.com for more information.

Nanny On A Mission

After spending a few minutes with her, you can’t help but want to know more about her. Her loving spirit and contagious smile could melt any heart.

Beatrice Lakot, is a nanny at Baby Watoto Gulu, where Watoto is rescuing orphaned and abandoned babies in northern Uganda. She currently has five healthy tots under her care, all who are about six months and absolutely adore her. Beatrice will continue to care for these precious babies until they graduate from Baby Watoto into Laminadera Children’s Village or are resettled with existing family.

Before Beatrice came to work for Baby Watoto, a security company that guarded Baby Watoto premises in Gulu employed her. She says, “Every time I sat at the gate, I would admire the babies and toddlers playing around the compound and always desired to be a nanny.” She worked closely with a Watoto guard who shared the good news of Jesus Christ. Beatrice accepted Jesus into her life and a few months into her relationship with Christ, she became a Baby Watoto nanny.

Nanny Beatrice’s day typically starts at 7:00am when she arrives at work. After signing in and getting changed, she heads into her babies’ bedroom to wake them up. Once the babies have awoken, Beatrice sits with them, changes their nappies and gives each of them a bottle. By about 8:00am all the babies have finished their bottles and are ready to be bathed and dressed for the day. “I love being able to bathe my babies because I can then dress them nicely,” she says.

At 8:30am, Nanny Beatrice gathers her babies for dancing and music time, which lasts for about half an hour before the babies go down for their morning nap. While the babies are sleeping, Beatrice helps with other chores around her unit which include laundry, washing bottles, dishes or toys.

Beatrice then spends the rest of the day attending to the needs of her babies. She looks forward to interacting with the babies by taking them for a walk around the compound or doing developmental activities with them. Nanny Beatrice says that she loves working with the babies and that she hopes that they will learn from her.

We are thankful for nannies like Beatrice who love and care for the babies as if they were their own. By the end of March 2012, there were 80 babies receiving all-round care from 44 dedicated nannies and 13 volunteers. Since opening in June 2010, 146 babies have come to Baby Watoto Gulu and 31 have graduated to Laminadera Children’s Village.

As we expand our services to reach many more vulnerable babies through out northern Uganda, opportunities are available to support Baby Watoto in several ways. You can sponsor, volunteer or even visit the babies for a few days. Write to us at uganda@watoto.com or visit www.watoto.com/projectgulu for more.

Watoto Choir Is Sweeping Asia Off Its Feet

Carrying a message of hope and inspiration, Watoto Children’s Choir 55 has completed the first half of its tour of Hong Kong.

Their vibrant live performances have been received by eager audiences. With support from co-organising partners, we are grateful to have more than 300 new child sponsors and other donations.

The choir also stirred up interest from the media including the Young Post, the youth supplement of the South China Morning Post – Hong Kong’s leading English daily newspaper.

With real life stories of transformation, the children have moved the hearts of the readers. Read the story here.

To see the choir in Asia, go to www.watoto.com/asia