Annual Report 2010
Message from the Founders
Message from CE and Board of
Regional Offices
Reaching The Most Vulnerable
Growing Up Healthy And Whole
Raising Leaders
Ambassadors Of The Cause
Community Transformation
Partnership - Key To Change
Key Accounts
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Table of Contents
Watoto Child Care Ministries
Watoto is an holistic care programme
that was initiated as a response
to the overwhelming number of
orphaned children and vulnerable
women in Africa, whose lives have
been ravaged by war, poverty and
disease – particularly HIV/AIDs.
Watoto is positioned to rescue
individuals and raise each one as
leaders in their chosen sphere of
life, so they in turn can rebuild their
We exist to raise the next generation
of African leaders by pursuing
excellence in academic and practical
skills, integrity in conduct and moral
values, so that each one becomes a
responsible Christian and productive
The Watoto vision is to care for
10,000 children in Uganda by 2023
and to replicate the model in other
countries across the continent so as
to fast-track the rescue of orphaned
children and vulnerable women in
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Every year I am amazed at how much Jesus has
accomplished through Watoto. What's now so
amazing is that He is leading us to spread the Watoto
mission and cause to other nations in Africa. In 2011
we will see Watoto South Africa established in Cape
Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I
know that the transformation that has happened in
the lives of Ugandan children and women will now
happen in other African communities.
Jesus passionately loves every hurting person but
seems to have a very special place in his heart for the
fatherless and the widow. Watoto shares this passion
and we diligently work toward bringing resolution to
their plight. What's exciting is seeing them not only
experience personal healing but becoming community
leaders bringing light and hope to others in the places
they live.
The only way we can do this is through the generous
partnership of the friends of Watoto. Thank you for
the part that you are playing in this noble cause.
Together we are better,
Gary M. Skinner
Team Leader
Watoto Child Care Ministries
Watoto Child Care Ministries
Despite the continuing difficult financial climate being experienced
globally, the faithfulness of our wonderful partners and sponsors
has continued to support this essential work of Watoto Child Care
Ministries. Their support has enabled us to achieve 16% growth in the
number of children in our care and keep us on track to be caring for
10,000 orphaned and vulnerable children by 2023.
As you read through the pages of this Annual Report for 2010, you
will catch a glimpse of what can be achieved when these resources
from our generous supporters are put to work by a dedicated team
who are committed to RESCUE the most vulnerable, RAISE them as
future leaders who will REBUILD their nation.
In 2011, we will continue to position ourselves for growth by
developing strategic relationships for replication of the Watoto
model across Africa. We look forward to the first expansion out of
Uganda and into southern Africa in the early part of next year.
Watoto will officially launch into Cape Town, South Africa in May
2011, with a view to start the Baby Watoto programme in this region
by the end of the year. This will be followed by the development of a
children’s village and the Living Hope initiative to restore dignity to
vulnerable women.
We hope this will be a strategic move, positioning the ministry for
the accelerated rescue of vulnerable children and women.
With rapid expansion, the need to develop income-generating
programmes for self-sustainability is imperative. In 2011, we will
continue to grow and expand the various small projects we have
We hope to set up strong businesses, not only to generate income
to support the ministry; but also with a strong training component
so we can raise young men and women coming out of the children’s
villages to become Africa’s future business leaders.
God is faithful. As we continue to be wise stewards of the resources
He blesses us with, we are grateful to our partners and sponsors
globally who continue to support us in this cause.
Alan Penry
Chief Excecutive
Watoto Child Care Ministries
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Board of directors
•Mansfield DC, QLD - Australia
•Victoria, BC - Canada
•Dagenham Essex - UK
•South Tsimshatsui, Kowloon - Hong Kong
•Minato-ku, Tokyo - Japan
•Sandnes - Scandinavia
•Kampala - Uganda
•Lutz, FL - USA
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Reaching the Most Vulnerable
Eight years ago, Watoto set a target to be caring for 10,000 children in Uganda by 2023.
Through the blessing of God, Watoto has grown at an average of 23% per year since.
Today we are three years ahead of the required growth to reach that goal.
Baby Watoto
Baby Watoto cares for infants and toddlers who have
been abandoned or need critical care that they could
not receive elsewhere. Baby Watoto cares for these
children until they reach the age of 2 when they are old
enough to join a family at a Watoto children's village.
The babies come to Watoto from a number of different
referral sources such as hospitals, local authorities, child
protection units, good Samaritans or other homes and
care organisations.
In 2010, Baby Watoto launched a new facility in Gulu as an
essential component of our recent expansion in northern
Uganda. Another new babies home was opened at Suubi
children’s village near Kampala. This facility cares for older,
healthier babies as well as the growing number of special
needs toddlers in Watoto’s care. Together the two new
facilities increase Watoto’s capacity to care for more than
200 babies at any time.
Baby Watoto's original facility in downtown Kampala
continues to care for the most vulnerable children and
those who require critical care. With the introduction of
a new rapid response system, Watoto is able to respond
faster to emergency SOS calls for extremely vulnerable
children. Some of the children Watoto brought into the
programme in 2010 would not have survived had it not
been for the immense dedication and quick action of
Watoto staff who devote their lives to their work.
During the course of the year, 119 vulnerable newborns,
infants and toddlers were admitted to Baby Watoto.
In addition 20 babies received emergency community
support. In 2010 Watoto’s reach spread beyond the cities
of Gulu and Kampala as babies were rescued from the
towns of Iganga, Kitgum, Masaka, Mbale, Mbarara and
various rural areas.
Watoto also strengthened relationships with the
government and other community organisations that
serve as vital points of referral for children in need of
special care and protection. More than 100 individuals from
various countries around the world served Baby Watoto in
a volunteer capacity throughout the year. These volunteers
helped to facilitate the 24-hour care given to the babies at
each of the three facilities in Uganda. Additionally, an Early
Child Development programme was initiated at all three
Baby Watoto facilities with education and activities for
each age group ranging from 3 months to kindergarten.
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Baby Alex
Baby Alex was abandoned in a banana plantation a few
hours after her premature birth. She was discovered
naked and cold by a boy who was dumping garbage in
the morning. Her tiny body was thrown out with the trash.
After almost two years at Baby Watoto, she has moved
into a safe Watoto children's village where a loving mother
and seven brothers and sisters have embraced her as their
newest family member.
Watoto children’s homes, with all the essentials of any basic home in a developed
country, are constructed to form small, vibrant communities we call 'villages'.
Each Watoto children's village contains a nursery school
and kindergarten, a primary school, high school and
vocational training centre, a water project, a medical
clinic and a multi-purpose hall for use as a church and
community centre.
The villages provide safe and open outdoor spaces with
beautiful green areas and plenty of space to live and play.
Watoto intentionally creates a family setting so the
children grow up knowing a healthy, functional life. A
Watoto family consists of a housemother who cares
for 8 children (starting at 2 years old and above). In
conjunction with the ministry's home church, Watoto
runs a programme called Father’s Heart. Respectable
men from the church regularly visit the children in their
villages and provide the father figure and male role model
needed to complete the family structure.
49 homes were added to the Watoto children’s villages
in Uganda in 2010. These became home to 174 formerly
vulnerable children, cared for by 49 new mothers.
Donations in kind from global partners allowed us to
purchase recreation facilities for the children. These
included musical instruments, outdoor play areas and
other facilities.
And in alignment with Government Policy 279, children
under our care obtained birth certificates in 2010.
New Beginnings
Watoto welcomed 174 children between the ages of 2
and 8 to their new family in 2010. Most of them were
abandoned before being rescued by the police and taken
to the government-run Naguru Reception Centre. The
caregivers at Naguru wait for 6 months before referring
the children to an organisation that can provide them
with better care. During this time they search for relatives
of the forgotten children in the hope of reuniting them
with their families.
Some of the children were abused while living on
Kampala’s streets; others were rescued from night clubs
where their mothers had abandoned them. To help the
children adjust to their new lives Watoto has designed
an Orientation programme in which they are introduced
to their new families and learn about life in Watoto. Once
they join the programme, Watoto provides these children
with everything that they need to grow up in a loving,
family environment.
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The introduction of a Learning and Development
programme highlighted key needs. Accordingly, the
following were introduced:
Orientation Programme:
This programme helps new children learn about Watoto,
meet their new Watoto mother and adjust to their new
environment through activities such as active games,
remedial academic lessons and bible study.
Behavioural Change Programme:
Through constant monitoring of the child development
process in the villages, we’ve gained a better
understanding of the challenges formerly vulnerable
children face in adjusting to a more functional lifestyle
and community. To assist children with particular
challenges, the consultation of external Behavioural
Change professionals and resources have been sought.
Self Leadership Programme:
This is a new programme for children who have
completed primary and secondary school education
which helps to awaken a mature outlook in each
individual’s pursuit of faith, career and life.
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On-going Mentoring Programme:
Through monthly dialogue meetings with children in
various age categories, Watoto mentors them as they
encounter the struggles of daily life and begin to plan for
their future.
Watoto continues to shape the mindset of the children
and young adults in our care and they are encouraged
to see themselves not as beneficiaries of charity but
as empowered citizens with responsibilities to their
communities. These responsibilities include caring for
the environment and reaching out to meet the needs of
their communities. The shadow of vulnerability is steadily
being eradicated as many children come to understand
that despite the difficulties of the past they cannot only
look to the future with hope, but they can shape that
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Watoto Medical Services provides well-established clinic
services to the Watoto village populations, targetting
the mothers, children and staff residing in the villages.
Partnerships have been strengthened with key external
service providers with whom consultation is made for
specialised care.
In 2010 Watoto Medical Services has improved primary
health care to the villages and Baby Watoto facilities
through standardisation of care; increased staffing; more
extensive laboratory testing; and strengthening of referral
systems to external service providers.
Thanks to assistance from donations, the Watoto Medical
laboratory service was able to purchase an Elisa machine,
which provides results of various antibody tests. This is
used to carry out village-wide screening of the mothers
and children. A cervical screening programme for Watoto
mothers was introduced. Donations also allowed for the
purchase of additional incubators and pulse oximeters for
use at the three Baby Watoto facilities.
Watoto Medical Services is developing a computerised
patient record system in the clinics and providing a backup power supply for all labs and clinics.
In 2010 Watoto Medical Services developed public
health initiatives to reach out to the wider community
through outreach clinics with the help of international
medical teams; immunisation services; health education
programmes; support groups for those with chronic
conditions; and vision and hearing screening for schoolaged children.
Watoto Medical Services assisted with the
implementation of government health initiatives,
including childhood immunisations and Child Health Days.
Watoto Medical has also advanced the facilitation of the
Public Health focus through HIV support groups; cervical
cancer and breast cancer screening programmes; and
health education programmes.
This includes the women who are part of the Living
Hope programme in Gulu, northern Uganda and the
communities surrounding the Watoto village. Projects in
this region include a clinic service and health education
programme to Laroo School for War Affected Children
and the facilitation of the Reconstructive Surgery Project,
providing surgical rehabilitation for those with injuries
from the war in northern Uganda. These projects aim to
restore health and dignity to those who were victims of
the war.
Watoto’s mission is to raise the next generation of African leaders by pursuing
excellence in academic and practical skills; integrity in conduct and moral values, so that
each child will become a responsible Christian and a productive citizen of their nation.
To that end, Watoto currently operates three primary
schools, two secondary schools and one vocational
school in Uganda. These co-educational schools are
situated in Watoto children’s villages at Bbira, Laminadera
and Suubi.
By the end of 2010, 1,833 children were attending one
of Watoto’s primary or secondary schools. 115 students
were enrolled in tertiary institutions of which 16 students
graduated with certificates, diplomas and degrees in
diverse disciplines. 53 students wrote their university
entry exams in 2010. Watoto will assist 47 students
through university and other tertiary institutions who
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are currently going through a five-month discipleship
programme to cultivate servant leadership skills. Since
Watoto’s inception, 47 students have graduated from
Watoto’s schools and are gainfully employed. 97 students
from the communities surrounding Watoto children’s
villages are benefiting from free formal and practical
education at Watoto’s schools and 64 students from the
general public pay school fees to attend Hope Senior
School at Suubi.
Watoto teachers not only provide formal training, but
assist Watoto’s Child Welfare department with the
counselling and guidance of students.
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Rebuilding A Nation
Edwin Kigozi (26)
Edwin lost his mother to HIV/AIDs
when he was little, leaving him and
his brother without anyone to care
for them. They came to live with
Watoto in 1995, and in 2007 Edwin
travelled with Watoto Children's
Choir 26 throughout Australia. He
graduated from Watoto High School
and enrolled in university studying
Computer Science. He is due to
graduate in January 2012. Edwin
loves music and plays drums for the
worship band at Watoto Church.
Joseph Aliganyira (25)
Joseph lost both his parents when
he was a small boy. He went to live
with his poor grandmother who
later became a Watoto mom. In
1994, Joseph came to live with his
grandmother in one of the villages.
When he left Watoto High School,
he pursued a degree in Computer
Science, and graduated with top
honours in 2010. He is currently
travelling as an adult with Choir 45 in
the USA.
Barbara Budeme (27)
Barbara was among the first children
to join Watoto in 1994. After her
father was killed in the war, her
family was thrown out of the family
home by their father's relatives.
Shortly after joining Watoto, Barbara
travelled with the Watoto Children's
Choir to the United States. In July
2010, she graduated from university
with a degree in Food Sciences and
Technology. Barbara is now leading
Watoto agricultural projects within
the self-sustainability operations.
Watoto Wedding
During 2010 two graduates, Fred and Penilope, were
married at Watoto Church Uganda. It was a joyful and
beautiful ceremony. Penilope was walked down the aisle
by the man who has been a father figure to her through
Watoto’s Father’s Heart Programme. A choir formed
entirely of Watoto graduates performed during the
ceremony. Their Watoto families were there to celebrate
the wonderful moment. Fred joined Watoto in February
1993. He lived in one of the first homes and travelled on
the first Watoto Children’s Choir. He studied business
administration at Makerere University and is now an
accountant. Penilope joined Watoto in 1995. She studied
education at Uganda Christian University and is now a
high school teacher. We are so proud to see our Watoto
children grow up and begin families of their own.
For more than 17 years, the Watoto Children’s Choirs have
travelled around the world, spreading the cause of the
plight of the orphaned child in Africa. With a poignant
message of hope they have performed for the Queen at
Buckingham Palace, The President of the United States
at the White House, the Parliaments of Australia, Canada
and Scotland as well as thousands of churches and
schools around the world.
In 2010 the choir launched its first exclusive tour to Asia.
In total 6 choirs travelled during the course of the year as
132 children and 60 adults were sent out as ambassadors
for Watoto’s cause. These choirs performed more than
900 Concerts of Hope in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong,
Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, the UK and the
USA, Holland, Germany, Norway and Scotland.
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The choirs continue to inspire audiences around the
world as they present Watoto’s story. “At the time that
I saw the choir, I was recovering from a major breast
cancer surgery and radiotherapy,” says Sharron Taylor
from the UK. “I felt like I was going through something
huge in terms of what life can throw at you. But when I
saw the choir and heard them sharing their life stories, it
knocked my situation into a fresh perspective. I learnt to
accept my weakness and my situation and to rest in my
faith in God’s will to strengthen and heal me.”
Watoto launched a unique stage production that
travelled around the world to tell the story of northern
Uganda’s devastation and path to restoration. As
audiences witnessed people from that community share
their personal stories, they experienced a powerful tale of
the tragedy and the triumph of child soldiers and greater
community who endured some of the worst atrocities
known to man.
In its debut tour, the Restore Tour circled the globe
performing epic live shows in North America, the UK, and
Australasia. The tour was made up of 24 young people,
some of them former child soldiers, and 15 adults. Most of
the tour members experienced first-hand the devastating
effects of the war in northern Uganda.
As a direct result of Watoto’s Concerts of Hope and
the Restore Tour, more than 3,400 individuals around
the world have joined Watoto’s sponsorship family. In
addition, thousands of dollars have been raised for the
ongoing work in both Kampala and Gulu.
Not only have these productions brought change
to Uganda but people around the world have been
impacted by the change they have witnessed in the lives
of those who have travelled with the Watoto Children’s
Choir and the Restore Tour.
Unrelenting Hope
When he was 12 years old Geoffrey was abducted with
his brother and father and forced to join the Lord’s
Resistance Army. When his brother tried to escape
Geoffrey watched him die. Eventually, Geoffrey was
wounded in battle and left behind to die. By the time he
was rescued by the Ugandan army Geoffrey had spent an
entire year of his life as a child soldier.
Geoffrey is one of the many war affected children that
Watoto is providing essential care for. Many of these
children were, like Geoffrey, abducted from their homes
and forced into a life of misery. The boys were trained
as soldiers and sent to the front lines in the war against
the government of Uganda, while the girls were given
as wives to rebel commanders. Through Watoto these
young men and women are given the opportunity to
regain control of their lives and to dream of a future full
of opportunity and hope. In 2010 Geoffrey travelled with
the Restore Tour. Today he is finishing High School at
Watoto's Suubi Children’s Village and looks forward to
the day when he will be able to care for his family.
The Power Of Forgiveness
The Restore Tour impacted the life of a 16-year old girl in
the United States whose own life was full of struggle. Her
mother, a drug addict, often spoke of the regret she felt
when she saw the girl. Her stepfather was an alcoholic
who over the course of several years had repeatedly
abused her. Her mother, looked on in silence and did
nothing to stop her suffering. Finally, she ran away from
home and in a state of desperation attempted to end
her life. She was filled with bitterness at the life she
was forced to live but as she watched the Restore Tour
she felt something powerful move inside her. She was
amazed at the stories of the former child soldiers who
had, with God’s help, come to forgive the people who
had destroyed their lives. That night she decided that she
wanted to experience that same forgiveness and so she
began her own journey towards restoration.
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In addition to championing the cause of the orphaned child, Watoto is committed
to promoting community transformation which is the foundation upon which our
aspirations for a better society are built. Watoto is committed to implementing nationbuilding initiatives that we believe will improve the future of Africa.
A Hand Up
Watoto believes Africa’s greatest resource is her women
waiting to be empowered. Living Hope was initiated to
restore dignity to vulnerable women in Africa. Many of
these women are HIV+ and are left to bear the brunt
of war, human trafficking and social injustice. Living
Hope is about giving a ‘hand up’ not a ‘hand out’ to
disenfranchised women. The goal is to empower these
women to care for their own children. Living Hope is
improving the quality of life for more than 2,100 women
in Kampala and Gulu, by equipping them with valuable
life skills through psychosocial support and vocational
training. They are empowered through income generating
projects that enable them to become productive
members of society. Each woman receives monthly food
support, while those who are sick and elderly are assisted
more regularly. Living Hope also helped 40 of the most
desperate women pay for their rent in 2010.
Medical care including treatment for HIV/AIDS is provided
to the women and their children. Where suffering from
AIDS has reached an advanced stage patients are linked
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to Hospice Uganda where they receive special care.
Through Watoto’s Psychosocial Services 345 ladies have
undergone trauma rehabilitation and have begun to
experience healing.
230 ladies, some of whom could not read or write their
own name participated in adult literacy classes. 304
women completed business training and discipleship and
were given start up capital of 200,000 Ugandan shillings
to set up small businesses. Many of these ventures
have succeeded and the women are able to increase
their stock or start additional projects. 30 women were
trained in bee-keeping, and 400 women were given basic
farming tools and seeds to enable them to grow their
own vegetables. With support from Uganda Investment
Authority 80 ladies completed a business training
programme in Gulu and have learned the basic principles
of how to implement a simple business plan.
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Keep A Girl In School
Living Hope ladies are part of an initiative to cut down
the number of schoolgirl dropouts by manufacturing
affordable sanitary pads, called Makapads. The pads
are made at the Living Hope Centre in Gulu and consist
mainly of papyrus reeds and recycled paper. Our ladies
are given the opportunity to develop skills while being
part of an initiative that is giving a generation of girls the
opportunity to remain in school.
According to UNICEF, approximately 1 in 10 African girls
will skip school during menstruation. Surveys indicate
that girls who have reached puberty are the biggest
number of school dropouts in Uganda. They fear being
ridiculed and stigmatised. Rural schools don’t usually
of her appearance. When she was first examined by
surgeons they advised Nancy that she would require
at least 4 surgical procedures to reconstruct her face.
In 2010 surgeons were successfully able to reconstruct
her nose and lips and will conduct the final procedure
on her ears in the near future. Through the Living Hope
discipleship and Vocational Skills Training programmes
Nancy has been empowered to look after herself and her
daughter. Now she is able to lift her head up high and she
has a smile that will melt any heart.
In 2010 Watoto has been able to facilitate 20 surgeries
for individuals like Nancy who bear the scars of northern
Uganda’s senseless war.
have proper toilet facilities or running water and girls
can’t afford sanitary pads. Very often, they opt for
unsanitary alternatives such as leaves or cloth. The
tendency to skip school because of inconveniences they
experience during menstruation means many girls fall
behind in their schoolwork and struggle to catch up. This
leads a large number of girls to eventually quit altogether.
UNICEF donates some of the Makapads manufactured
by the Living Hope ladies to schoolgirls across northern
Uganda. In the future these will also be distributed
through the District Education Offices as part of the Girl
Child Education Programme.
Restoring Dignity
Nancy a former teenage mother from Gulu in northern
Uganda was abducted twice by rebel soldiers who waged
a twenty year war against the government of Uganda. In
2007 Nancy was eventually released by her captors but
not before they disfigured her face by chopping off her
lips, ears and nose. Nancy is one of the first to benefit
from Watoto’s reconstructive surgery initiative after she
joined Living Hope. Nancy’s scars however are not only
physical. Upon her return from captivity she was rejected
by her community because of the time she spent with
rebel soldiers and she felt ashamed and embarrassed
Psychosocial Services
In response to the widespread trauma that resulted
from the war in northern Uganda, Watoto established
a Psychosocial Services programme in 2009. Through
trauma counselling and extensive rehabilitation efforts
Watoto is helping former child soldiers, vulnerable women
and the community at large reintegrate into society. The
entire region was traumatised by the extreme nature of
the atrocities committed during the twenty-year war.
The Psychosocial Services programme has been taking
teams of trauma counsellors into the rural communities
to bring healing to the entire region. These counsellors
visit Internally Displaced Peoples (IDP) Camps where
many people gathered during the height of the war. Here
they offer workshops that help individuals process their
trauma. The workshops focus on the practical application
of the fundamentals of forgiveness and healing through
the love of Jesus. More than 6,000 people have received
trauma counselling and community transformation is
being achieved.
The success of the programme in northern Uganda has
revealed the need for its application into other Watoto
projects in Uganda.
Filder was only 9 years old when rebels abducted her and
her friend at lunchtime from the schoolyard, where they
were playing. After spending one year and seven months
helping to care for children born in the bush, she escaped
in the confusion of the rebel camp when they came under
attack by the government soldiers. Today, Filder is 15, and
studying tailoring and fashion design at Hope Senior
School in a beautiful Watoto children’s village. She now
has a mom and siblings who care for her.
David Ochola 19 years, a former child soldier who came
into Watoto in 2008 comments, “Life in captivity was
unbearable. Because of the terrible things I did, I used
to have nightmares. But in Watoto today, I’m no longer
tormented by nightmares. Instead, I now have a dream to
rebuild my country. I used to take life but now I want to
give life.”
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Sponsorship is the foundation on which Watoto provided
holistic care and support for 4,828 individuals in 2010.
The funds generated from more than 20,000 valued
sponsors enabled Watoto to provide child welfare and
psychosocial support, education, housing and medical
care in a safe and secure environment for over 2,700
babies, children and mothers. In addition 2,100 women
benefited from training and support through the Living
Hope initiative.
The Sponsorship department in Uganda and Watoto’s
eight international offices exists to gather the 24,000
monthly sponsors needed to implement Watoto’s
essential work. These offices also help to facilitate the
relationship between sponsors and the individuals they
sponsor. Without the partnership of our global sponsors
Watoto cannot function.
Growth through relationship
Watoto values the relationships we have fostered with
our sponsors and we work hard to make sure they are
engaged, informed and feel valued as partners in our
Significant contributions were made by individuals,
groups, ministries and organisations in 2010. Watoto is
grateful to all its partners and friends, without whom
there would be no activity and progress to help us
accelerate our vision to rescue orphaned children and
vulnerable women in Africa.
Visit Watoto One of Watoto's amazing blessings includes the
privileged support received from willing hearts across
the world, who contribute to the cause by volunteering
at Watoto projects. Whether these precious individuals
work at the babies' homes, in the production unit, in
support functions in a Watoto office, school or medical
clinic; or gather as a church or business to build a home
or other structure in a children’s village; their contribution
is crucial to the livelihood of the individuals in Watoto’s
Colleen and Henrik Hinkalla travelled from Canada in
September and spent three days at Watoto’s Suubi
Children’s Village. Colleen, a specialist in HIV care, trained
High School students how to provide care for people
with the disease while Henrik oversaw the construction of
a dairy production facility at Watoto’s goat farm. Watoto
benefits from the ingenuity, skill and tireless labour of
volunteers like the Hinkallas, who offer their talents and
abilities to help Watoto carry out our work.
In 2010 Visit Watoto hosted 1,740 visitors. The majority of
these came as part of the 70 build teams who travelled to
Uganda from USA, UK, Australia, Canada and Hong Kong
to contribute to the work on the ground.
Each build team participated in a variety of activities,
for which they had raised funding and support. Together
the teams were responsible for the construction of
25 individual classroom blocks; 8 teachers houses; 5
children’s homes; and infrastructural works including the
development of water projects in Kampala and Gulu.
The remainder of the teams were involved in medical
outreach and various ministry activities including the
Annual Children’s Camp.
Visit Watoto also facilitated 80 individual volunteers in
2010. The volunteers provided much needed support for
the daily running of the three Baby Watoto facilities and
other roles including construction, project management,
media and marketing.
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The Watoto mission is not simply about saving as
many orphaned children and vulnerable women as
possible. It is also about raising them up to become
future leaders who will bring sustainable change in their
As we look to fulfill the vision to replicate the Watoto
model across the African continent, there is a need to
introduce a broader range of income streams to support
operating costs.
Watoto is establishing a small-scale farm that will start
to generate self-sustainable funding. We have harvested
beans, corn, potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, pineapples
and maize, and supplied these to the Watoto children’s
villages. Other projects include Watoto Guest Houses,
Promotional Merchandise, Timber & Metal Fabrication
Unit and a Goat Farm.
Income-generating activities are also being developed
by Watoto’s Living Hope programme as a means to the
support the initiative, while imparting vocational skills
to the ladies in the programme so they’re able to set up
their own.
In 2011 we plan to further develop these projects.
Watoto Child Care Ministries
Watoto Child Care Ministries
Financial Statements
For the year ended 31 December 2010
Balance sheet
Non-current assets
Property and equipment
Operating lease prepayments
Intangible assets
Current assets
Amounts due from related parties
Sundry receivables and prepayments
Bank and cash balances
Total assets
Equity and liabilities
Capital and reserves
Accumulated surplus
Current liabilities
Sundry payables and accruals
Annual Report 2010
Extracts from our 2010 Audited
Annual Accounts
Total equity and liabilities
The financial statements on pages 11 to 26 were approved by the Uganda Board of Directors
on 24 May 2011 and signed on its behalf by:
Report on the financial statements
We have audited the accompanying financial statements ofWatoto Child care Ministries (the
Organisation) as set out on pages 11 to 26. These financial statements comprise the balance sheet
at 31 December 2010, and the statement of comprehensive income, statement of changes in equity
and cash flow statement for the year then ended, and a summary of significant accounting policies
and other explanatory notes.
Directors’ responsibility for the financial statements
The directors are responsible for the preparation and fair presentation of these financial
statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards. This responsibility
includes: designing, implementing and maintaining internal controls relevant to the preparation
and fair presentation of financial statements that are free from material misstatement, whether due
to fraud or error; selecting and applying appropriate accounting policies; and making accounting
estimates that are reasonable in the circumstances.
Auditor’s responsibility
Our responsibility is to express an independent opinion on the financial statements based on our
audit. We conducted our audit in accordance with International Standards on Auditing. Those
standards require that we comply with ethical requirements and plan and perform our audit to
obtain reasonable assurance that the financial statements are free from material misstatement.
An audit involves performing procedures to obtain audit evidence about the amounts and
disclosures in the financial statements. The procedures selected depend on the auditor’s judgment,
including the assessment of the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether
due to fraud or error. In making those risk assessments, the auditor considers internal controls
relevant to the entity’s preparation and fair presentation of the financial statements in order to
design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of
expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the organisation’s internal control. An audit also
includes evaluating the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonableness of
accounting estimates made by the directors, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the
financial statements.
We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis
for our opinion.
In our opinion, the accompanying financial statements give a true and fair view of the state of the
financial affairs of the Organisation at 31 December 2010 and of the surplus and cash flows for the
year then ended in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards.
Certified Public Accountants
2 June 2011~­
Watoto Child Care Ministries
Annual Report 2010
Watoto Child Care Ministries
Financial Statements
For the year ended 31 December 2010
Statement of comprehensive income (including income and expenditure)
Operating expenses
Administrative expenses
Operating surplus
Net foreign exchange gains
Net surplus for the year
Other comprehensive income
Total comprehensive income
Watoto Child Care Ministries
Fundraising and Publicity
Programme Support
Programme Cost
Child Care
Children's Choir
Babies Homes
Empowering Women
Psychosocial Services
Annual Report 2010
PO Box 26366 Kampala Uganda
Phone: +256 (0)414 313 561
Email: [email protected]
Watoto Australasia
PO Box 2632
Mansfield DC, QLD 4122
Phone: +617 3208 3500
Email: [email protected]
Watoto Canada
PO Box 98
Victoria, BC V8W 2M1
Phone: +250 361 4554
Email: [email protected]
PO Box 690
Dagenham Essex RM9 5YZ
Phone: +44 (0)20 8592 1287
Email: [email protected]
6/F Hecny Tower
9 Chatham Road,
South Tsimshatsui, Kowloon
Phone: +852 2639 9797
Email: [email protected]
Watoto Japan
7-20-8-1201 Roppongi
Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
Tel / Fax +81(0)3-5775-3747
[email protected]
Postboks 200
4303 Sandnes
Phone: +47 977 61 010
Email: [email protected]
Watoto USA
PO Box 1320
Lutz, FL 33548-1320
Phone: +813 948 4343
Email: [email protected]
Watoto Child Care Ministries

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