Juna Amagara operates within each community or village where it serves the needs of at-risk children. Children do not live in “homes” or institutions but rather with in the home of a guardian, often a grandmother, with maybe four other children. Due to the HIV/AIDS crisis, there is no shortage of grandmothers to take children. As a result, kids grow up in an intimate family environment and do not feel outcast or stigmatized like many other orphans.
Our community perspective is a way of operating where life improves for everyone. We are active in sports ministry and local conservation projects. When we build, we buy materials locally and hire local labor. When we buy food, we buy from local markets wherever we can. When missions teams arrive, we encourage them to meet with local people and participate in daily village life.
In some communities, we offer opportunities for economic enterprise or microfinance. When we organize medical outreach, we go into the community rather than forcing people to come to our building. Our schools are built large enough to educate children from the entire area.
Our community perspective on operations is a great example of Ugandans helping Ugandans. Our work is not child-care, it’s community care. In the end, the greatest beneficiaries are the children of Juna Amagara. Because life for them is normal. They have extended adopted family. They know they are loved which frees them to learn and dream.