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"Innocent": A Success Story from Village

Thank you for helping us change lives of the “child mothers” and children at Village of Hope in Northern Uganda…

Many things are bought and sold in the main market in Gulu, Uganda, such as housewares, clothing, and food items. But some things should never be sold in a market. Imagine our shock and horror to hear of a child, a young girl of two-years-old, being for sale.

Innocent-before

Relatives were trying to sell her for 10,000 UGS ($6.25). Her name is Innocent. Her mother suffers from epilepsy and was unable to care for her. Epilepsy is a misunderstood disease here. People see an epileptic seizure and think a person is demon-possessed. People suffering from the disease often don’t receive
medical treatment to control their condition. Many are taken to witch doctors for cures. Epilepsy left untreated can result in brain damage affecting the way a person behaves.

Unfortunately, Innocent’s relatives considered her a burden and didn’t want to care for her. Innocent was rescued from the market after our staff in Gulu saw what was happening. The Government Probation Department, that deals with the welfare of children, removed her from the relatives. They brought Innocent to the offices of our partners in Gulu.

Innocent-after

Innocent arrived at Home of Love Orphanage for Vulnerable Children in December 2007. She was malnourished and very timid, not speaking at all. She began to respond to the stable, loving environment of Home of Love. Her Dorm Mother, Milly, kept Innocent close by her side. Innocent has responded well to Milly’s attentions. She is now a happy, healthy little girl! She loves playing with the other little girls.  She has learned how to say “How are you?” in English and respond with “I’m fine.”

Recently, our partners in Gulu have been looking for Innocent’s father. Because of the war that has gone on for the past 23 years in Northern Uganda, many people are missing or displaced. Whenever possible, we seek to locate existing relatives of children placed at Home of Love in the hopes of reuniting families whenever possible.

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