We are a Christian organization taking care of abandoned children. We care for up to 50 babies and toddlers aged between 1 day old and 4 years. Many of our children are found abandoned in garbage heaps, pit latrines, diches, taxi parks or are left by the side of the road.
What we do
Sanyu Babies’ Home is the first and oldest Babies’ Home in Uganda. Sanyu was founded in 1929 by Milnes Winfred Walker, a British midwife working as a missionary at Mengo Hospital. Milnes Winfred Walker noticed the large number of babies being abandoned at the hospital after their birth and took them into her care. Today, we continue to do this work. Child abandonment is still an issue; many of our children are found abandoned in ditches, at hospitals, in taxi parks, on garbage heaps, at the side of the road or in pit latrines. The children are taken to the police who refer the child into our custody for love, care and attention.
Here at Sanyu we have the capacity to care for up to 50 children at a time, although during our busiest time we often operate at over capacity! The children in our care typically are between the ages of 0-4yrs. Sometimes we may care for a child until they are a little older if it gives them the chance to be reunited or adopted.
‘Sanyu’ means joy and that is what we want our children, staff members and volunteers to experience while they are with us. We want our children to know that they are deeply loved, have an extended family who care about them and know that they will always have a place to call home.