Dignity – The quality of being worthy of esteem or respect.

While we may not think about the word dignity often, it plays such a large part in the way we live our lives. Having dignity gives one a sense of worth, confidence, and respect for who they are as a person. This is important to understand because without dignity, our lives feel incomplete and worthless.

So, how does someone have dignity? This can happen many ways but the three most fundamental are feeling like you’re being heard, valued, and treated as an equal. Based on this, if you were to ask citizens of Uganda if they believed that they had the opportunities to achieve dignity, many of them would most likely say no.

This is especially true with the children we support. Due to non-existent government provided social services including education, the extreme poverty cycle continues with no way to break out. Schools like ours are the only way out.

Dignity transformations happen BECAUSE we educate orphaned children who grow up to be productive members of their society, and then are able to provide their children with an education to do the same.

Countless children at our schools are found on the streets, orphaned, or selling their bodies so that they can keep themselves alive. They have no sense of dignity because they don’t have access to environments that build them up through love, knowledge, and mutual respect. This is one of the many reasons we take them in, as we believe dignity is a human right.

Our Model at St. Elizabeth Girls Academy

  • take orphaned girls off the streets
  • socialization and trauma processing
  • vocational school or high school with an opportunity to attend college
  • job placement
  • post-graduation mentoring

Our Model at Kankobe Children’s Home (orphaned children from infants to the 5th grade)

  • therapeutic support
  • housing
  • education
  • upon aging out girls are placed at St. Elizabeth Girls Academy, boys a vocational or high school

Nearly 49 percent of Uganda’s estimated 45 million are under age of 15. Ugandan children are the single largest demographic living in poverty.

If you would like to join us on our dignity mission, please consider donating. The funds we receive from readers like you go towards building strong children.

Love and Blessings,
Cristen Lyn