Home of Love Children’s Home for Vulnerable Children is a ministry of ACTION Gulu. The home was opened to meet the needs of orphans and vulnerable children in war-torn Northern Uganda.
Dr. Abigail Rattin, one of ACTION’s missionaries who works with Home of Love, recently wrote about how vulnerable children, the need for therapeutic play, and generous donations have added up to priceless hours of fun—and therapy!
“Many of our children have a variety of special needs, so when several friends of ACTION wanted to give something special to Home of Love at Christmas, we decided to purchase a trampoline. The children, ages 7 to 14, all enjoy playing on the trampoline after they finish their chores and schoolwork. They have done an excellent job of obeying the rules that were set up to ensure their safety. We are thankful for the care and compassion our friends have shown vulnerable children in northern Uganda!”
Children are referred to Home of Love from the Ugandan Government Child Welfare office and other organizations that look out for the welfare of children. Many of the children are HIV-AIDS and war orphans. Other children have been rescued from crisis situations such as abandonment and physical violence. Home of Love offers these children a Christ-centered, safe, and loving environment.
Children at Home of Love attend school at ACTION’s Jesus Is the Truth Nursery & Primary School. The children each receive trauma counseling, housing, food, medical treatment, clothing and life-skills training. A staff social worker seeks to locate relatives of children brought to Home of Love. Due to the war many people have been displaced and separated from their families. Whenever possible, children are reunited with their relatives and supported in the relatives’ home through payment of school fees, basic necessities, medical assistance and regular home visits by a social worker.