Seriously, We Need Sponsors

Our campaign hero, Brian Muwanguzi (meaning winner or victor), is an average African boy who lives in Watoto’s Bbira Village. He is 8 years old and dreams of making people beautiful (buut-i-full). He wants to be a hairdresser.

Or a police officer.
Or a teacher… Baby Watoto caregiver? Or a… farmer?
Let’s just say that Brian has many dreams.

As Brian lives from day to day in his beautiful village, he happily explores all the possibilities his bright future holds. For now, Brian’s natural gifting has made way for his current, full-time role of Chief Village Comedian. He has an extraordinary talent to effortlessly make people laugh. He is an absolutely key asset to the well being of all of us here at Watoto.

Being in the company of this humorous young boy, one would never suspect that his young life has already been plagued with immense pain.

Brian and his brother Caleb (9) were born to a violent father, who repeatedly abused them. With daily bruises and no way of learning how not to set off their dad’s temper, neither of the boys had any hope of a different life.

Until one day, when concerned neighbours eventually contacted the local welfare authorities. The matter was looked into and authorities asked Watoto to help. Brian and Caleb’s lives have completely turned around. Not only are they well cared for, nurtured and no longer afraid; they have found hope.

Brian has a unique talent for making people laugh, despite the fact that he had no reason to smile for the first five years of his life. Today, he has a big, bright smile and has exchanged the bruises of his past for the desire to make people beautiful.

As children grow up, they are full of dreams and desires. The possibilities before them are endless. But for thousands of children in Africa, these dreams will never be realised. Some have lost their parents through war, disease and poverty. Others are left abandoned and vulnerable through other devastating circumstances.

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In 2009, Brian and his brother were rescued and brought into a home with a loving mother and siblings in Watoto’s Bbira Village. Watoto has given Brian and thousands of other children a chance at a normal life; the chance to dream.

This would not be possible without the support of thousands of individuals who sponsor children through Watoto. Change the life of a child in Africa. Sponsor a child, change a story and impact a nation. Go to www.watoto.com/sponsorship.

Introducing choir 64

Choir 64 is all set to leave Uganda on the 10th of January for central USA and everyone on the team is super excited.

Many choirs have travelled and are travelling around the world, but there will only be one Choir 64. The children are counting down the days until they get to ride on a plane and see snow for the very first time. They are so excited to experience new foods and see all sorts of amazing things that they have only heard about before in stories shared by Watoto children who have travelled before.

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Victoria Our Hero From Hong Kong

Volunteer work is a big part of Watoto Ministries. Every year, we receive numerous volunteers, both locally and internationally, who come to serve in various areas of need; including Baby Watoto, Watoto Children’s Choir, Living Hope, Social and Youth Work and others.

This week, we introduce you to a dynamic, young woman who has made a difference at Watoto in Uganda. Victoria Chung is from Hong Kong. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Finance and worked as an internal auditor, assisting the chief accountant in the finance department.

Victoria first heard about Watoto in 2006 when the Watoto Children’s Choir toured Hong Kong and visited her church. The children’s stories stirred deep conviction in her and she began to ask God how she could contribute to this ministry.

In 2007, she started volunteering at the Watoto regional office in Hong Kong and, through her service in Hong Kong, she visited Uganda for the first time as a member on a build team in 2008. It was during this visit that she heard God speak clearly in her spirit, “These are my children, take care of them.”

At this point Victoria seriously started to think about returning to Uganda to live and serve with Watoto. In September 2009, she stayed on for five months, serving as a volunteer in the finance department. “I had hoped to stay for six months, but I could not so I prayed to God for another opportunity,” she says.

In January 2010, she resigned from her job as a chief accountant in Hong Kong and re-located to Uganda to work as a permanent part of the finance team, where she has served until February 2012.

As a volunteer, Victoria says her service has taught her to follow the will of God instead of her own. “I have been able to understand the Watoto vision deeply because working here is more hands-on and has given me a sense of the whole picture. Working with the children has also given me the opportunity to shape the lives of future leaders,” she says.
“My work colleagues treated me as part of the family which helped me assimilate into my role and the Ugandan culture with so much ease. I’m very grateful for that,” she says.

In her spare time Victoria helped out at Baby Watoto, looking after babies. She was also vibrantly involved in the Watoto Church worship ministry, where she took part in the annual Christmas Cantata production in December 2011.

As she returns to Hong Kong this week, Victoria is sad to leave since she has become very attached to the people of Uganda and the vision of Watoto.

Just like Victoria, you can take up the opportunity to experience Africa and contribute to changing someone’s life. Contact the Watoto regional office close to you for more information and get involved with Watoto today.