Where do our sponsored children live?
Most of Covenant Mercies’ sponsored children have been taken in by an extended family member. Yet the Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles who put a roof over our children’s heads are often already struggling to provide for their own immediate families. This is where Covenant Mercies comes in with basic nutritional, medical, and educational support.
We believe it is important to keep these family relationships intact. Yet we have special cases, such as George William Oburu. George was among the first sponsored children when Covenant Mercies launched its Sponsorship Program in 2003.
At age eleven George had lost his parents to AIDS and was living with his grandmother. When George’s grandmother passed away in early 2004 he was left with no other family members to take him in.
As a solution Covenant Mercies purchased 50 acres of land outside Nagongera for the construction of orphans homes. When our initial home opened in 2004 George was one of the first children to move in.
We have five homes in operation serving 40 children, with a long-term plan to build at least eight on this land. Each home has running water and a working toilet; rare amenities in the area. Members of our indigenous partner church serve as “family parents” to eight children in each home.