An alarming number of infants have been abandoned in Uganda in recent years, which is a painful issue that necessitates care and attention. It is shocking to learn from statistics that one in three young women between the ages of 20 and 24 had given birth before reaching 18. Many of these young women are compelled to leave their infants at hospitals, houses of worship, markets, trash dumps, and even on the streets because they are unprepared for the responsibilities of parenthood. The infants are frequently left hurt and defenseless, fighting for their lives.
Despite the existence of over 142 registered babies’ homes in Uganda, including the well-known Sanyu Babies Home founded in 1929, there are still an increasing number of abandoned infants, mostly in Kampala. Furthermore, according to data from around the world, 163 million youngsters require care, housing, or a loving home.
1.2 million of Uganda’s 2.7 million orphans lost their parents to HIV/AIDS and other natural disasters, making up the majority of the country’s current orphan population. There is an urgent need for attention and action in this catastrophic scenario.
Shukran Muslim Babies Home was established in 2019 as part of the Annual Muslim Run as part of a project run by the Corporate Muslim Association (CMA). Its mission is to provide a nurturing environment for abandoned children and address the growing problem of newborn health inequalities in Uganda.
It intends to solve these urgent issues by providing the first Muslim-founded children’s home in Uganda. Our main objective is to give newborns who have been abandoned or orphaned a temporary home where their health and well-being will be prioritized. We will make sure they receive the love and affection they have been missing through our committed care, establishing the groundwork for their better future.
Every child deserves to grow up in a secure and supportive environment, according to Shukran Muslim Babies Home. They are devoted to helping the community’s most vulnerable members and are actively engaged in the fight against child abuse and abandonment.
One of the potential sources of funding is the Annual Muslim Run, which will take place on September 3, 2023, at the Sheraton Hotel and from which a portion of the earnings will go toward building the house. A main dormitory, a washing bay, staff quarters, a garden, a modern kitchen, and a designated play area for the kids are just a few of the facilities that will be built on a five-acre plot of land for Shukran Muslim Babies Home in the future.