Currently, we house 33 orphans, ranging in age from 7 to 18 years old. 30 of the children attend a local school which is a 20 minute bus ride, or a 50 minute walk away. 25% have learning needs. So far, 27 of our orphans have graduated to high school, and 2 will attend university this year. All orphans have been found alone and abandoned. Here are their stories.
Born in Kasenga, Uvira, his mother was killed after being raped by soldiers. 2 years later his father died from Diabetes. He then lived with a friend of his mother who also died sometime later. Musa has been in the care of Grace Orphanage since 2012.
Musa is now graduating from school and you will usually find him tinkering with some electrical device, whether trying to repair an old radio, fixing someone’s cell phone, wiring a house, or helping install solar at Grace Orphanage. He wants to start his own electrical business and is doing a coop with a local solar company.
Born in Mushero vilage in the Uvira district. At 6 years old Omari’s village was attacked by rebels and Omari and his parents fled into the bush. They managed to hide for some time but were eventually found. His father was taken away and never seen again. His mother along with two women from the village were raped and beaten so severely that within days she died. At 6 years of age with no one to care for him Omari lived alone in appalling conditions on the streets of Uvira. Approx. 5 years ago he was taken into the care of Grace Ministries. His vision is to become a doctor.
Born in Kiliba village her father was working as a gatekeeper in Uvira town and was killed when the building collapsed. Chanse’s mother later died during childbirth and at only 4 years old Chanse was taken to Grace Ministries Orphanage. Chanse is in grade 6 and she wants to become a teacher.
Born in Elenge village, Asumani’s mother died after a long illness; because of the remote location and extreme poverty, his mother received no medication and did not see a doctor. Later while hunting in the jungle his father was bitten by a Gorilla and as no treatment was given he eventually died from his injuries. Asumani was helped by a neighbour and eventually taken into our care. He wants to become a nurse.
Born in Songo village, Omari at 9 years old was accused of witchcraft. He was then rejected by his family and forced to live by himself on the streets. Grace Ministries Orphanage found him living in great hardship all alone. Omari is now in grade 9 and wants to become a pilot. He is one of the top students in his class.
Born in Kimanga, Christine at age 7 suffered the horrifying ordeal of watching her parents being stoned to death by the whole village after being accused of witchcraft. Christine and her two brothers were left alone and later her brothers left the village and she was cared for by neighbors. The family were fearful about Christine living with them as they themselves had been accused of witchcraft for helping her. Christine has now been in the care of Grace Ministries for 8 years. She helps Auntie with housekeeping chores.
Born in Mushero village, Anna’s father fell from a tree in the jungle while looking for fruit for the family to eat. As there were no doctors or medication her father died from his injuries. Sometime later, her mother was captured by rebels and taken. Anna was left alone and an unmarried male neighbor took her in. Anna was sexually abused and ran away to live on the streets, without food, shelter or family. This was where Grace Ministries found her. She has successfully graduated from school. Her vision is to become a pastor.
Fazah is about 6 years old. He was found on the streets of Uvira. He was brought to Grace Orphanage in early 2018. He does not know where he is from or who his parents were. We are trying to find out. He has adapted to his new home and is doing well at school. His best friend (and brother) is Rama.
Born in Kavinvira, Bobasha was born into a world of prostitution where his mother earned money to feed them both. His father is unknown. Bobasha’s mother eventually became mentally ill and he was taken to live with his grandfather who was too old and sick to care for him. He was then taken to Grace Ministries Children’s Home. He is in grade 6 and wants to become an airline pilot.
Born in Kalundu village, Bea’s father had 4 wives and was stoned to death by a mob after he was found raping a young girl. Later her mother died of HIV Aids and she was left with one of her father’s wives. She was not wanted in the home and finally left to live on the streets. Grace Ministries found her living a miserable life on the streets and took her into their care. Bea is now in grade 6 and wants to work in a charity organization.
Born in Muravyia village. After being left by her husband in Tambala jungle, Amazani’s mother hung herself. Amazani’s life was one of hunger and suffering before being found by Grace Ministries. He is now in grade 5 and he wants to become a teacher.
Born in Kasenga village, Winama’s father along with other men from the village went to camp and fish in The River Congo. Rebels found their camp and set fire to all the men, including her father. Her mother left Winama and went to the mining camps to find work and later became a prostitute. Later Winama heard her mother had died after being raped. She lived with 2 uncles before being taken in by Grace Ministries. She is in grade 4 and wants to become a business woman.
Born in Waungu village, both Diye’s parents and two elder brothers were killed during the night when their village was raided by rebel forces. Diye was cared for by a neighbor who could not afford to keep him. Fortunately he was found by Grace Ministries. Diye wants to become a bus driver.
Born in Kavinvira village, Amisa was conceived by a rape attack while her mother was looking for firewood in the jungle. After Amisa was born her mother rejected and abandoned her and she was left in the care of a widow who was dying of cancer. Eventually she was taken into the care of Grace Ministries. Amisa is doing grade 5 at primary school.
Born in Kilomoni to an unknown father, Ange’s mother earned her living as a prostitute. When Ange was born her mother was unable to feed and care for her and her mother abandoned her. Later news came that her mother had been killed during the war with the rebels. Ange was living with a family who had great compassion for her but were living in extreme poverty themselves. Ange is in grade 2.
Born in Sange village, Kiza’s parents were killed when a petrol tank exploded next to a restaurant where they were selling their food. With no one to care for them, Kiza and his sister were left to a life on the streets. They were found destitute and suffering and taken into care by Grace Ministries. Kiza is in grade 3 at primary school.
Born in Kolomoni, Diye’s mother died during a gun raid in the jungle by rebels. His father was an alcoholic and could not care for his children. Diye was abandoned and living under the care of their neighbor who later died. He was taken in by Grace Ministries and is in grade 3.
Born in Kimanga, Mapendo’s parents died when she was very young and she was being cared for by her grandmother. Later her grandmother was killed by a band of armed men. Read More about Mapendo’s story
Born in Kilomoni, Rama’s mother became ill and they went to live with a neighbor whose family lived close to our orphanage. After some time, our office was told that Rama’s mother had passed away. Rama is in grade 3 and he wants to become a bus driver.
Born in Mauranvia village, Riziki’s mother was an alcoholic and her father is unknown. Her mother and two brothers were killed when their village was attacked by rebels. The soldiers kidnapped Riziki and then left her during the night. In the morning she was found by neighbors who cared for her even though they were destitute themselves. Riziki is now in high school and wants to become a pastor.
Born in Misisi village, Nyemya lost both her parents during Makonola tribal conflict. Nyemya does not know anything more about her past. She lived hungry and destitute on the streets until she was found by Grace Orpahanage. Nyemya just graduated from high school and will be studying Social Development at university.
Born in Kilomoni. When Ahadi was two years old both her parents died from HIV Aids. Ahadi was left in the care of her grandmother until she was taken to live at Grace Orphanage. Ahadi is a gentle, kind girl always ready to help others. She is working hard at school.
Born in Kabumbe village. After a massacre occurred in Katogota, where they lived, Joseph who was just three years old, was found by fishermen who were camping by the river Ruzizi. Joseph’s history is unknown. He now lives in the care of Grace Orphanage and is in grade 7. Joseph has an eye disease that remains un-diagnosed after four years, and needs constant medical care.
Born in Kabindula, Eliza’s father was killed by rebel soldiers during an attack on her village. After this traumatic incident her mother became mentally unstable and unable to care for Eliza. Eliza was living with a widow in the village. This woman was HIV positive and very ill. Eliza was found to be living in poor conditions. Eliza is doing weel in high school.
Born in Kiliba village, Rahma’s mother was killed by soldiers while working in the fields. One year later her father left to join the rebel army. After the war he did not return home. Rahma was left in the care of her grandfather who later died from old age. Rahma is a very good student and is doing well in high school.
Born in Kilomoni, Daniel’s father died when he was a baby and his mother became mentally unstable after being raped during war conflict. Daniel and his two brothers then went to live with an auntie who at the time was very sick and unable to take care of all 3 children. Daniel is a very good drummer and leads the orphanage choir.
Born in Muranvia, Sadiki’s father was captured by soldiers while hunting in KahuziBiega National Park . His mother went to look for her husband and was never seen again. An old sick woman in the village was trying to care for Sadiki, when Grace Ministries found him. He has just graduated from school and is studying Business at a local university, so that he can help at the orphanage.
Born in a refugee camp in Tanzania to an unknown father. Dino returned to Congo with his mother and they lived in Muranvia village with his grandfather. His mother re-married, but her husband left her with 4 children including Dino. When it became too difficult to take care of 4 kids, she abandoned her two elder children and left with the 2 younger ones for the city. Grace Ministries found Dino sleeping at a building site near the beach of Kasenga, surviving by begging food from fishermen. Dino’s is top in his class and his dream is to become a school principal.
Born in Mutarule village. Her father was killed by rebels trying to protect their cattle and family from the regular attacks on their village. With her father gone, out of desperation, her mother left the village to go to Uvira town where she was forced into prostitution to survive. After 3 years of this terrible lifestyle, she got very sick, and became paralyzed. Grace’s mother passed away after 2 years. Grace Ministries found Grace living with her grandmother who was blind, in Mutarule village. She is doing well at school and her vision is to become a doctor.
His family had just settled in Mutarule, when they were murdered in a night raid. In the middle of the raid, two of the gunmen entered the children’s room where they found the two young boys sleeping, oblivious to what was happening. One of the killers woke up Manu, took his hand and led him to the river. He told him to remain at the bank of the river until morning. Manu was left alone in the bush until morning, when he was found by a 20 year old boy who also escaped the bullets during the night. Manu never saw his parents or brother again. He was found by Grace Ministries, barely surviving, still under the care of this young man who himself was also starving. His vision is to work with people in need.
Born in Mutarule village. Eric was very sickly as a child. He was in a prayer room in a neighboring village with his mother when Mutarule was attacked, killing Eric’s father, 3 brothers and sister. Eric and his mother left Mutarule and decided to settle in Uvira town. Eric’s mother could not find work and was forced into prostitution in order to survive. Grace Ministries found Eric starving, two days without any food, in Kasenga where Mutarule people camped. He would like to serve at the Orphanage after school.
Born in Kabare village. Daniella’s father had both legs badly broken in a surprise attack on Lake Tanganyika during the war. He could not walk or find work. His wife left him in the village, as she went from village to village trying to find a cure for an illness that she had. She spent all her money on witch doctors without finding healing, and later died. Daniella was left under the care of a witch doctor who was treating her mother in Mutarule village at the time. Grace Ministries found Daniela malnourished. Now she has the most beautiful smile and is going into high school. Her vision is to become a Nurse.
Born in Muranvia village. At the age of four, Riziki’s father abandoned his family and left the village. Riziki’s mother had a great singing voice and became a worship leader in a Pentecostal church. She received an invitation to sing in a church in Mutarule village. They camped there for 3 days, and on their last night, the village was attacked by a group of armed men. They killed 29 people including Riziki’s mother. Grace Ministries found Riziki living with a poor man who was surviving by begging on the street. She is one of the hard working girls in her class; her dream is to serve in the Government.
Born in Muranvia, Nowela was 7 years old when her father was taken by force to join the rebel army. Later a message came that he died while they were still on the way. Her mother passed away soon after from cancer. Neola was left in the care of her grandfather who also passed away in the same year. Noela has been in the care of Grace Orphanage since 2010. She just passed grade 10 and her dream is to become a nurse.