My husband and I travelled to Uganda in Summer 2016 with the intention of adopting baby Daniel, then 18 months old, HIV+ and orphaned by AIDS. While there, new legislation was passed requiring international adoptive parents reside in Uganda for at least a year before being eligible to adopt. Our court date was cancelled and we were ordered to surrender Daniel, who had been in our care for a week, and go home. We spent our week with Daniel caring for him in all sorts of ways. We managed his disease as best we could, navigating the local healthcare system. We fed him quality food - so much he gained 1.5 pounds in such a short time. And we played with him, showering him with attention and affection. We left Uganda without Daniel, but with the whole orphanage. Since then, we have made many improvements to Sangaalo Baby Cottage. We get more and better formula for the infants. We get access to better healthcare and HIV drugs. We have invested in clean water and other building improvements. Damalie and David, the couple who began and continue to run Sangaalo are doing a tremendous job of caring for so many kids (now over 60 since none can be adopted) and have adopted 6 themselves. Infants arrive regularly on their doorstep in various states of ill health and abandonment. We believe this project to bring electricity, sanitation and education to Sangaalo will help these vulnerable kids now and for their futures.
CaringCrowd knows that progress takes generosity, collaboration, and commitment. That's why Johnson & Johnson is matching donations - up to $250 per person, per project, up to the funding goal and until we reach the $605,000 cap! All active projects are eligible for matched donations, so the benefits can be widespread.