7 May 2020

Dear Watoto Family, 
 
I want to say hello to all the partners, donors and sponsors of Watoto right here in Uganda. We are beyond grateful and humbled by your continued support during this season.
 
As you may already know, the 14 Watoto Children’s Choir members who tested positive for the coronavirus a few weeks ago, are now negative and finishing up the last days of their isolation period. We praise God for that and know your prayers had a huge impact. We want to thank our Government and all the Ministry of Health officials and staff who have been incredible during this period.
 
We also want to take this opportunity to thank those of you who contributed to the additional expenses we incurred for medical and other needs as the choir members were in quarantine. 
 
The lockdown here in Uganda and around the world is having an effect on everyone. Watoto is no different.
And in the midst of this pandemic, we continue to care for vulnerable children and women. We have three Watoto villages with 385 family homes as we care for almost 3,000 children and the mothers who look after them. We also have two Baby Watoto facilities where we continue to rescue abandoned babies and care for them.

It costs about UGX 270,000 per household (or UGX 30,000 per person) per month - each home consisting of eight children and a mother - to care for the basic food and sanitation supplies in our Watoto homes during this period.

For those wanting to give donations in kind including dry food like flour, rice and beans, and protective gear against COVID-19 like sanitizer, face-masks, liquid soap and mosquito nets, these are very welcome and will be highly appreciated.

We trust God and we know that He will provide. And we ask that if you can, please continue to support the work we do together through your Sponsorship. This is more important than ever. And if you’re able to give above and beyond your normal giving, that would be helpful in so many ways. 
 
See below how to give via mobile money or bank transfer. 

MTN MOBILE MONEY
1. Dial *165*4*4#
2. Merchant Code: WCCM
3. Payment Reference: Watoto Homes
4. Enter Amount to be Paid
5. Enter your MTN Mobile Money pin

AIRTEL MONEY
1. Dial *185*4*9#
2. Merchant Code: 700000
3. Payment Reference: Watoto Homes
4. Enter Amount to be Paid
5. Enter your AIRTEL Money pin

ABSA BANK
Account Name; Watoto Child Care Ministries
Account Number; 0341194059
Swift code; BARCUGKX

STANBIC BANK
Account Name; Watoto Pool Account Kampala
Account Number; 9030005711249
Swift code; SBICUGKXXXX


We know this is a tough time for everyone around the world. We want you to know that your Watoto family is praying for you. In fact, your sponsored child or mother in our Watoto villages is praying for you by name. We know our God is bigger than COVID19 and He will carry us through this season. 
 
If you have any questions or comments, please email us at uganda@watoto.com or call 0776 399266 / 0782 830470. 
 
Thank you and God bless you,
The Watoto Team

 Download older statements (pdf) from 31 March 2020 and 23 April 2020