For over 20 years, the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army) rebels waged war on the Acholi people of northern Uganda. They abducted children and forced them to commit atrocities against their families and communities as a method of brainwashing them into their ranks. Many of the girls returned with children conceived by rebels.
In 2002, the people were forced into IDP camps and as a result, became dependent on emergency food rations. Abandoned schools fell to decay, water resources were compromised, and farm land was not cultivated. The morale of the Acholi people began to decline and gave way to alcoholism, an increase in AIDS, various diseases and domestic violence as a result of their living conditions.
Faith Academy in Kitgum, Northern Uganda
ChildCare INTERNATIONAL is committed to helping hundreds of children affected by this horrific war through sponsorship programs at the Faith Academy in northern Uganda. The children attending Faith Academy (under leadership of Clayton Odhiambo), the goal is to ‘raise up children in the way they should go‘ (Prov. 22:6) from an early age and that they ‘may grow in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and men.’ (Luke 2:52). The children also receive two nutritious meals a day, medical checkups and treatment.