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St. Ameria: Transforming The Lives Of AIDS Orphans in Jinja, Uganda

We arrived into Entebbe, Uganda at 10:30 at night.

It was very warm, and extremely muggy. I knew it was going to be a hot week in Uganda. We stayed the first night in a small modest hotel, and got up early for our 3 hour journey North to Jinja.

In Jinja, we headed to St. Ameria Orphanage and school. There are 40 children who live in the orphanage, and about 310 children in the St. Ameria school. Almost all of the children in the home and school are AIDS orphans, having lost both parents.

The staff and children welcomed us with traditional African greetings and a powerful program of music and Dance. St. Ameria transforms orphans from the grief of AIDS to hope in God!

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Edith was an orphan living on the streets of Jinja and now runs the St. Ameria school!

Edith Found Me

We heard the words, “Edith Found Me”, repeatedly during our time at St. Ameria.

Edith was, herself, an orphan living on the streets of Jinja. Both parents had died, leaving Edith as an orphaned child. As she hopelessly wandered the streets, she was found by nuns who took her to the convent and raised her in that loving environment. From her personal experiences, Edith developed a strong commitment to orphans living on the streets. She often rescues children, and now has 310 children in her St. Ameria school. For 40 of those children, St. Ameria is their only family.

For more information about this project and other projects from Streams of Mercy, visit: streamsofmercy.org

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*Written by Wick Nease • Photography by Michaela Potterbaum • Video by Josiah Burdick

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