What an amazing change in the St. Ameria school and orphanage over the last few years. When we first met Edith, the buildings were just stick structures with simple tin roofs. All of that has changed, through the Streams of Mercy’s support for this wonderful school and home. All of the buildings at St. Ameria are brick buildings today, and they now have proper toilets, perimeter fencing, and electric.
400 children attend the St. Ameria school in Mbiko, Uganda. All of them are AIDS orphans who have suffered unspeakable loss of their parents from the ravages of AIDS. About 50 of he children live there full time, and many more stay there during the school breaks when other children go to stay with extended family.
We arrived at the school and were greeted by Edith, who herself was an orphan in Jinja as a child. Edith is the founder and director of St.Ameria. Edith greeted us warmly, and we went to every class to meet the children, and share a message of hope with them.
My heart was stirred as we looked into the beautiful faces of these children. You could see hope in their eyes. Pastor Bob Swank and Taylor Winn from Life Church in Olathe Kansas impacted every class, which will undoubtedly have a lasting impact on the children.
St. Ameria Vocational Training Center
Last year, we traveled to Uganda with a group of business women from the Dallas area. When they heard the plans for a Vocational Training School for the older children at St. Ameria, they immediately developed a plan to raise all of the funding for the first year of that school. After MUCH hard work and perseverance, Stephanie’s team raised all of the funds for this project.
It was incredibly exciting to gather at the new Training School and see the new computers for the computer school, and the new Singer sewing machines for the sewing school. This vision is now a reality because of the huge commitment from Stephanie’s team. This school will transform the destiny of MANY children who will never be able to go to university.