When you support Kinship United, you’re investing in a brighter future for children who once thought tomorrow wasn’t promised. Children who didn’t know where their next meal was coming from, let alone if they would ever go to school. And children whose families loved them, and were desperate for a better life for them.
Children like Hakim.
Hakim was just eight years old when his grandmother made the difficult decision to part ways with him in the hopes of him having a better life. She brought him to our Kyengera Kinship Project in Uganda, knowing he would be well cared for.
For the past nine years, Hakim has been able to grow up safely, just as his grandmother had dreamed. He had nutritious meals he could count on, a bed to call his own, a loving family to care for him, and the opportunity to go to school.
And now at seventeen years old, Hakim is discovering his passions and realizing his dreams. Over the last year, he’s been in an apprenticeship program learning how to weld. He’s quite good at it, but when you get to know him a little more, you soon see that his passion is actually animals and gardening!
Hakim loves creating beautiful spaces. He loves going to nurseries and picking out plants, vegetables, and flowers and putting together a gorgeous and fruitful compound. He’s really talented, and he’s often reminding people to care for their plants. It’s been so fun watching his creativity and compassion take hold as he cares for small animals and tends to his gardens.
Your support and dedication to rescuing children like Hakim who have nowhere else to go makes it possible to give them a life they could’ve never imagined. You help fill them with love, joy, and hope. You clear the path for them to smile and dream again.
As for Hakim, his Kinship family hopes to one day support him in a way that allows him the freedom to create a space that’s entirely his own. Where he can work and produce and make his own living doing the things that he loves.
Hakim is a testament to the Lord’s goodness and how He gives us beauty from ashes. Next time you see a small animal, smile knowing Hakim is in Uganda, caring for them just the same.
Written with Eddie, our field team member in Uganda.