After Daniel and David's parents divorced they lived with their father and step-mother. Their step-mother mistreated the boys, often failing to provide them with food. With 6 total children in the household the father couldn't afford to pay all their school fees, so they went many years without education. Daniel and David both suffered from Jiggers (painful and sometimes deadly infection from parasitic insects burrowing in bare feet.) When The Vine's social workers found the boys they were living in small huts by themselves with little to nothing in their possession. They quickly became a part of The Vine's first group of sponsored kids. The boys now thrive in school, and although their entrance level was extremely behind for their age, they have progressed significantly. Daniel dreams of becoming a football player, and David wants to become an executive director, like our own Mr. Mubiru Vianey, so he can help other children that are suffering.
When you ask Mary what her life was like before The Vine she can hardly speak. Tears begin to flow as she describes watching her mother, father, and grandmother die; leaving her to raise herself and three small siblings who had nowhere to turn. She dug in the potato fields, trying to gather rotten potatoes to feed her family. Mary was only 13 years old.
One day a team from The Vine visited her village with a message of hope. She prayed to Jesus in desperate whispers, "Please help me God!" She walked 18 miles from her rural village to town, hoping she could meet with someone from The Vine. Sadly, the office was empty when she arrived, and her 36 mile round trip journey was fruitless. But a few days later she tried again- barefoot feet on the red-dirt roads- praying to find someone that could help. Our staff greeted her with compassion, and immediately welcomed her and her siblings into The Vine family. Now they have shoes, food, and clothing as they attend school, and receive medical and emotional care. Best of all, they now call The Vine their home.
Rachel's incredible story.. coming soon.
As a result of a polygamous marriage, after her husband died, Jessica was left with 7 children to raise on her own. She inherited her husband's debt without any income. In a rural village of Kamuli she managed to live day to day in a tiny hut with a piece of tin as their door for protection. Jessica and her children were hungry and hopeless. The Vine's social workers discovered Jessica's dire situation and were able to sponsor her most vulnerable children (the girls) at Fairway Boarding School. She is enrolled in our Women's Empowerment Group that enables her to care for her family.
Caroline was born into a polygamous family with 20 other children. After her biological mother died she was placed under the care of her step-mother. Because her father had no job and couldn't afford to take care of the entire family's basic needs; they struggled to survive. Caroline and her sister, Dianah, were discovered by our social workers and became some of the first children to gain sponsorship through The Vine. Now they thrive in school with excellent test scores, friendship, community, and hope for a bright future. Caroline dreams of completing her education and becoming a mighty lady of God.
After Cornelius's mother died, he was placed under the care of his step-mother. Being one of the youngest of her dozens of children he was often overlooked or mistreated. His basic needs were rarely met, because their family had no income. Cornelius is one of our children that is HIV+. His father is also a victim of HIV and could not afford any medical treatments for either of them. As soon as our staff discovered Cornelius at age 4, we immediately welcomed the little guy into The Vine family. He now goes to primary school where he regularly receives HIV medication, healthy meals, attention, education, and LOVE. Even now at such a young age, Cornelius dreams of becoming a lawyer so that he can fight for children's rights.
Joyce suffers from an ailment of the feet that prevents her from being able to walk or stand. Most of her days are spent on the floor in her small closet-sized home where she has lived alone for many years since her grown children left. Because of her disability she has struggled to earn a living. Surrounding villagers give her handouts of extra food or coal that she sells on the small porch of her home for an income.
Our Vine Staff assists Joyce as her home is near our facility. One summer as the US team was visiting Uganda, a short trip to say hello became a miracle moment. Our large team crowded into her small home and laid hands on Joyce in prayer. We prayed for her needs to be met, her legs to be healed, and her hope in God to be restored. Within minutes she began to roll from side to side as she lifted herself to a crutch she hadn't touched in years. She then threw her crutch to the ground and stood on her two crippled feet; waving and crying to those gathered in the street. We witnessed a miracle that day, and consider Joyce a part of The Vine family as we continue to assist her with her needs.
After both of his parents passed away from HIV/AIDS, Kennedy who was also born with HIV, was alone and left under the care of his grandmother. Shortly after his parent's died, his grandmother also passed away. Once again Kennedy was shuffled to a new household to live with his only remaining family member, his Aunt. His Aunt had a difficult time caring for Kennedy, especially because his condition required specific medical treatment that she couldn't afford. The Vine family rescued Kennedy and gave him a new HOPE. With education, regular medical treatments, and a place to finally call home; he can now say he has a loving family... The Vine. Kennedy has always dreamed of becoming a doctor so he can treat people with HIV/AIDS.
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