PICTORIAL: Okoa Ministries celebrates Christmas, end of year with street children

A section of street children sharing a meal provided to them by Okoa Hero's Child Ministries

Iganga, (UG): Street children in the Eastern town of Iganga on Monday shared an interactive moment with Okoa Hero’s Child Ministries, a charity organization aimed at helping and supporting needy and underprivileged children.

At least 200 street children were fed physically with food, spiritually and giving them emotional support by the organization and the children shared a number of challenges which they go through including lack of shelter, lack of clothing, lack of food, among others.

The director and co-founder of the organization Mr. Teven Kibumba said they managed to solicit money from their development partners and sponsors to cater for Christmas and end-of-year party for the street children in Iganga town.

“We have managed to bring at least 200 street children together for Christmas and end-of-year party and we have fed them as a sign of care. We want to appreciate people who have stood with us in this exercise and promise to put a smile on faces of these children,” Kibumba said.

Mr. Kibumba (in white) sharing a moment with the young street children at the party.

The organization learnt about the challenges of street children and promised to provide them with clothing, and daily meals and settle them in a children’s home such that they enjoy the total rights of any child.

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“As Okoa Hero’s Child Ministries, our major success is putting a smile on faces of children and in this case we want to settle these children in one home like we have always done to help others. We believe that we can take care of these children well with support from our partners and the community,” Mr Kibumba said before revealing that they intend to establish a one-stop farm purely to support the children’s home.

A section of street children pose for a photo with Okoa director Mr. Teven Kibumba (in white t-shirt)

The other co-founder of Okoa Hero’s Child Ministries Mr Micheal Koch from Germany commended the support from all corners towards the children’s home and the entire organisation stressing that the children will taste a good life this year as they aim at giving them basics of life such that they can feel loved by people and the entire community.

“Many street children live in darkness, no home, no bed, no sense of security and these celebrations are far away from them which is a sad reality for these children in Uganda,” Mr. Koch said.

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“This year, these children will once again experience the warmth, security and joy of festivities and we thank you for the support because they now feel that people are thinking of them and that they are not alone,” he added.

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