Having somewhere to live and call home is important to every single one of us, and especially more so for a child that for various reasons doesn’t have a family or a safe place to call home. IGF has been providing residential care for at-risk children for over 2 decades, with the existing dormitory first built in 1995.

A safe place to call home

Thursday 28th March 2019 was an incredible celebration as we officially commissioned the opening of new houses for the resident children, IGF’s Hope Children’s Home.

We were blessed by the attendance of some of Uganda’s top officials at the opening celebration, together with the Chairman of IGF Australia Board, members of IGF Uganda Board, and many others. The support of members of government in Uganda towards the work at IGF is both encouraging and an honour to the legacy of Mama Irene and the team continuing the work.

IGF Australia chairman John Foley and Ugandan Hon Minister Oryem officially opening Hope Children’s Home

Construction of the three buildings, each containing two ‘houses’ began in February 2018 after a ground-breaking ceremony to bless the site. The construction process was overseen by IGF builders and provided hands-on experience for students from IGF’s technical institute. The resident children were involved in picking the colours of their rooms, and even had a try at painting the walls themselves!

IGF girls performing dingi dingi for the guests

The new houses will provide a great environment for the at-risk children residing at IGF. There are two ‘houses’ for boys and two houses for girls up to the age of 15 years, and also two houses for infants and toddlers.

This invaluable housing project was made possible by the Beaumont family in Australia, who recognised the need for more conducive accommodation for IGF’s orphaned, abandoned and abused children requiring residential care. We thank God for their generosity and provision of new housing for these precious children.