The children’s village
“It takes a village to raise a child.” This is what many visitors realise when they come to see Kids of Africa. Here, we are not merely referring to growing up in a safe family environment, which is at the forefront of our thoughts, but also belonging to a village community. Many hands make light work – particularly when it comes to washing, cooking and gardening.
“Kids of Africa” children’s village – since 2001
Back then, the association acquired a large plot of land on the banks of Lake Victoria, not far from the capital Kampala, which now – due to population density and the rapid expansion of the city – is a veritable oasis of calm. It is home to around a hundred children and young people of all ages, divided up into ten accommodation buildings which are each run by a loving and caring mother.
A community, helping people to help themselves
Kids of Africa is like a stone you throw into the water – it creates ripples. Because we want to get actively involved in a larger community, we take part in the development of our neighbourhood. We do this on a number of different levels. We organise sports tournaments, we help our neighbours with advice and practical support tilling their fields, we develop common infrastructure solutions such as water fountains and organise how the community should maintain them, we offer social meeting points, often for young people or mothers in need, minor medical support, adult education and plenty more besides. In short – no organisation should be an island, and we are not one either. And just as happiness is the only good thing that increases when you divide it up and share it, misery is also halved when it is shared, and the burden is carried by many.