The Gateway Mercy Ministries Orphanage (GMM), located in Natete…a suburb of Kampala, Uganda, currently has 84 children in residence. With a limited budget, its directors tirelessly attempt to provide for the children’s daily needs through housing and education. Unfortunately, the facility itself is in deteriorating and unsanitary conditions, as it is located in a slum area near a swamp. Despite this, Gateway has been the only place where these children have been able to secure a safe place to live off the streets, get at least one good meal a day, receive spiritual nurturing, and obtain schooling.
GMM was founded by Jovia Kabuye, who came to America to work and make money for her children’s education. Upon returning to Uganda, Jovia took in neighborhood children, many of whom had no homes or relatives to care for them, creating a small orphanage and school. Jovia passed away in 2006, but today the entire Kabuye family is involved in operating the children’s orphanage. Jovia’s daughters Rebecca Nakabuye and Sylivia Nakabuye, who earned her degree in education, lead it.
How Promise International Helps: GMM relies entirely on the support provided by Promise International to pay for the youngsters’ nutritional needs, school supplies and basics of daily living. In the midst of their environment, these children embrace our Lord and celebrate their lives each and every day, though the guidance of the good women who run this home.
PI is embarking on an ambitious and challenging capital project to construct proper facilities for the future of these children. The Promise International Children’s Development Centre, will not only allow the relocation of the children at the Gateway Mercy Ministries facility (located in a mosquito-infested swamp outside of Kampala), but will also serve as the model facility for future ventures.