Changed for a year.
All the funds raised will be used to purchase disposable diapers for Sanyu Babies Home. Sanyu is the oldest children's home in Kampala, Uganda, and has beds to house 50 little ones - all four years old or younger.
We chose Sanyu for our first project for a number of reasons - the first being Lucas. Lucas spent the last months of his life at Sanyu, waiting for a family. Because the main purpose of The Lucas Legacy is the waiting orphan, it made sense for us to partner with Sanyu as our first beneficiary.
Three Legacy staff have spent time at Sanyu, building relationships and trust with the administrator and staff there. The home does an amazing job at caring for their children, but the need there is still great. With no funding from the government, they have to make do with a lot less than anyone would like.
Sanyu goes above and beyond the call of giving abandoned babies a place to stay. They have started many self-sustaining projects already - including a craft shop set up in a refurbished train car, a rainwater harvesting project, a chicken hatchery, a garden, and a guesthouse.
The mamas who care for the little ones often work ten hour shifts, doing the best with what they have - which, like I mentioned, isn't always much.
One of the biggest needs at the home is disposable diapers. With the amount of babies needing to be changed, and the high cost of diapers, many of the children develop terrible, painful diaper rash from staying in a dirty diaper too long. Often times there are no diapers at all, and the babies are wrapped in towels to try to keep them as clean as possible.
Imagine working a ten hour shift, caring for 40 - 50 infants and toddlers without diapers. 4,500 diapers are needed every single month to insure that each child is changed just three times a day. In America it is common for one baby to be changed five to ten times each day.
By providing diapers to this home, the mamas will be able to concentrate on things other than cleaning up after baby's accidents. The babies will be more comfortable, and cleaner. They will be less likely to develop horrible diaper rash.
We will be working with a wholesale provider who is located in Kampala to get the lowest cost on diapers while also supporting local vendors. More information about the logistics of this project will be shared in the coming future.
We thank you for being a part.
The Lucas Legacy