Our Lady Of Kibeho Orphanage Foundation empowers vulnerable orphans in Uganda — most of whose parents have died as a result of AIDS. Incorporated as a society in Alberta, Canada and registered as a charity with the Canada Revenue Agency, we provide the necessities of life: access to education, medical supplies, shelter, food, water, and clothing.
Growing a Brighter Future from the Seeds of Hope
The mission of the Foundation is to provide basic necessities of life and advance education for orphans and other impoverished youth. These basic needs include but are not limited to basic social services, formal education, and culturally appropriate life skills that will create a safe and nurturing environment, provide literacy and numeracy, and develop social and leadership skills towards a self-reliant and empowered lifestyle.
Educate and empower orphans and youth in Uganda.
To relieve poverty in developing nations we provide:
To advance education we provide:
To receive and maintain a fund or funds and to apply all or part of the principle and income therefrom, from time to time, to qualified donees as defined in subsection 149.1(1) of the Income Tax Act (Canada).
To do all other such things as are incidental and ancillary to the attainment of the above objectives.
Orphans in Uganda
It is estimated that there are currently 143 million orphans and/or abandoned children in the world; Uganda accounts for 2 million of those orphans.
Uganda has been greatly impacted by the devastation of HIV/AIDS. Recent statistics from the World Health Organization show that HIV/AIDS has left a long-lasting effect on Uganda’s population, leaving over 2 million children orphaned since the epidemic began.
These orphans have no one to guide, protect, and love them like every child needs and deserves. Unless adopted by an orphanage, these children are left to wander the streets, beg or steal food, and find shelter wherever they can. They are hungry, lonely, and afraid, facing challenges children are simply not equipped to overcome alone. Some turn to crime and prostitution for survival, though many simply do not survive. They are vulnerable to exploitation, abduction, human trafficking, child labour, and sexual abuse.
Our Lady Of Kibeho Orphanage Foundation
Siblings Gerald and Teddy Sseguya encountered impoverished grandmothers caring for multiple grandchildren who had been orphaned at the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis. They felt the need to make a difference in the lives of these children, founding the Precious Gift Orphanage. Uganda has little in the way of a public safety net, but with the help of churches, charities, non-governmental organizations, and some qualified social workers, Gerald and Teddy started supporting 70 orphans, aged 4 to 16 years old, by providing them with shelter, food and medical care. Education was also provided by enrolling the orphans in Springfield Junior School.
In December 2014, some Canadian friends joined Gerald and they registered Foundation to support the orphanage as a society in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. In June 2017, the Foundation was granted official charitable organization status by the CRA.
The Foundation is a true grassroots movement, run largely by Gerald himself outside the hours of his full-time job, with help from supporters in Uganda and Canada. Over the last several years, the Foundation has constructed a dormitory that presently houses 100 orphans, drawing largely on Gerald’s savings and the support of friends.
In 2019 Gerald and his Canadian friends formed a formal board in charge of making the Sseguya’s siblings’ dreams come true in order to protect, educate and care for the orphans in Uganda. The name of the orphanage was changed to Our Lady of Kibeho Orphanage. And here we are!
Our Lady Of Kibeho Orphanage Foundation’s official charitable organization status will allow us to expand our reach and pursue opportunities for initiatives to further improve the lives of the children in our care.
Our Orphanage is named after Our Lady of Kibeho
On November 28, 1981, The Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus appeared to a girl named Alphonsine in a high school in Kibeho, Rwanda. Mary called herself the “Mother of the Word”. Subsequently she also appeared to 2 other girls in the school. Many people visited the school and witnessed the girls during apparitions in this out of the way town.
It was 13 years before the genocide that lasted 100 horrible days. Mary warned the people that a “river of blood” would flow if they didn’t quickly turn from hatred of their neighbors. Unfortunately, almost one million people were killed in the genocide in Rwanda. Kibeho is now the site of a Vatican-approved Marian apparition, and the only one in Africa.
Mary sang and danced with the children in Kibeho. We trust that she is singing and dancing with the girls in her orphanage today.
Give of Yourself
As a small, young charity, we are always thankful for donations of time, skills, and knowledge. Some possible areas in which you could contribute include:
To discuss opportunities to donate your time and expertise, please contact us.
Our Lady Of Kibeho Orphanage Foundation would graciously accept fundraising assistance in a variety of areas:
To discuss these opportunities please contact us.
Our Lady Of Kibeho Orphanage Foundation is a registered charity. We’ve taken great care to make sure we are properly established in accordance with Canadian regulations. You can be assured your money is going to a legitimate charitable foundation and will receive tax receipts as appropriate.
If you wish, you may also donate via cheque by mailing it to:
Our Lady Of Kibeho Orphanage Foundation
c/o Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples
10821 - 96 St.
We are a Registered Charity in Canada (Registration No. 75447 4690 RR0001), and are able to issue Tax Receipts for donations of $20 or more. For more information on all registered charities in Canada under the Income Tax Act please visit Canada Revenue Agency
Do you want to help us? We are happy to answer any questions you might have about Our Lady Of Kibeho Orphanage Foundation.