Fountain of Peace Children’s Foundation New Zealand is all about creating family-based homes, within a village community, for orphaned and abandoned children in Uganda, as well as working to provide clean water, education, healthcare and sustainable projects for the whole community.
Your donation or regular support will go towards the running of our Babies Home for orphaned or abandoned babies.
Your donation or regular support will enable us to provide appropriate medical intervention for the babies in our care.
Your donation or regular support will go towards the building and furnishing of a family based home for a Mum and up to eight children.
To relieve poverty, advance education and promote research for the eradication of poverty. To provide care, relief, protection, housing, medical and educational facilities for children orphaned, abandoned, destitute, impoverished, disadvantaged or marginalised by reason of their economic or geographical circumstances.
Established in New Zealand in 2012, Fountain of Peace Children’s Foundation New Zealand is a Charitable Trust registered with the NZ Charities Commission (CC#48465).
As a Christian charity, we are motivated by the life, teaching and values of Jesus Christ and we are committed to making tangible the love of God by seeking to make a difference, now and in the future, generating hope and transformation to all those who would benefit regardless of race, religion, class, gender or age.
We believe Christian witness is an integral part of the mission of Fountain of Peace Children’s Foundation, however we believe that our Christian witness should never involve the use of coercion, pressure or the use of aid as an inducement into converting to Christianity.
For many years Peace Ruharuza, from Uganda, carried a dream to help orphaned and abandoned children in her home country. The catalyst of this dream stemmed from her own childhood; Peace was born into a large family of 14 children and into abject poverty in Uganda. By just five years of age she was scavenging for food; so hungry that sometimes she survived on flower petals.
Sadly, her story is true for many children in Uganda today.
Fast forward to 2005. While Peace was on a Tearfund/Compassion speaking tour of New Zealand she shared her dream, with Jane Laurie, who at that time was a Regional Manager with Tearfund. Jane had a ‘knowing’ it would be a dream she would be connected with, but at the time had no idea how, or even when.
In 2007 Peace launched, in Uganda and the United Kingdom, the Fountain of Peace Children’s Foundation. In 2012, seven years after meeting Peace, Jane felt called to resign from Tearfund (a job she had had for 15 years) to establish the New Zealand ministry of Fountain of Peace Children’s Foundation. In September of that year the organisation was officially registered as a charitable trust.
Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa with a land mass of 200,520 sq Km (World Bank)
Population: 45.74 Million (2020 – World Bank) with almost half the population under 15 years of age.
Religion: Christianity 80%, Other 20%
Language: Whilst English is the official language, Uganda is multilingual with over 40 indigenous languages
Challenges: Infrastructure investment, stronger governance, regional integration and a focus on social programmes to reduce inequality are all major challenges. Poverty, high mortality rates, poor sanitation and improvement in education require urgent attention.
Our work is based in the Kyenjojo District of Western Uganda. It is a beautiful region but marred by extreme poverty.
Typical homes are constructed of dirt floors, adobe (sun-dried mud) walls and tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, cassava, potatoes and millet bread.
Here, most adults work as subsistence farmers earning approximately NZ$21 per month.
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