There are so many stories of hope at Otino Waa – children being rescued from dangerous living situations, kids moving on to the next grade level, a child learning how to smile again. But there are sad stories as well. A few weeks ago, one of our children, Opio Joshua, died of an unknown sickness. The health officials have not released the cause of death. He was nine years old and in P2. Everyone knew him as a happy little boy who smiled a lot and loved to dance. Joshua is greatly missed by his friends, schoolmates and his family, but we have peace knowing that Joshua is with his Savior.
Honestly, it is really difficult to tell and hear stories like Joshua’s. It is also a stark reminder of why we are working here in Uganda. Our heart is to care for children who would have never been given a chance at a better life – to rescue children from malnutrition, disease and extreme poverty. We know that there are many orphans in the villages surrounding Otino Waa suffering each day from preventable diseases, hunger and abuse. Our goal is to change as many lives as we are able to, meeting practical and physical needs in the name of Jesus Christ.
Thank you for the love you show our kids everyday by supporting them. We ask you to pray for the leadership, staff and children in this sad time.
Joshua Opio, 2004-2013