There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.
During March 2003, Glenda Firor, founder of Children’s Journey (CJ) was given 500 teaching tapes from a local church who was updating their library. Glenda felt the need to locate a pastor who could benefit from this material. After much thought, Africa became the focus and Glenda was introduced to Benjamin Tabingwa of Kampala, Uganda, who was the receiver of the tapes and was elated to receive such a wonderful gift.
Over the next few months Glenda and Benjamin communicated through email. Benjamin shared his vision for the ministry and the plight of the children of Kampala and the surrounding area. As Glenda learned more of the situation she began to find ways to help Benjamin meet the needs of the children. In talking to friends and as her relationship with Benjamin grew she realized this was a bigger undertaking than she could imagine. Thus Children’s Journey, Inc. became a 501(c)3 non-profit organization to promote a self-sustaining school and future orphanage on 10 acres outside of Kampala, Uganda.
Why Uganda ?
* 97% are single Moms who sell firewood and water to provide for their children.
* Uganda is located near the center of the continent of Africa.
* The population of Uganda is over 27 million people. Most of whom are under the age of 15.
* The population growth rate is 3.4% which is one of the highest in the world.
* The number of orphaned children in Uganda is presently 2.3 million.
* This large number of orphans is due to the high death rate of young couples dying from HIV/AIDS.