What We Do At The Gem Foundation
At The Gem Foundation, we care for over 45 orphaned children in Uganda who have special-needs. Take Leila, for instance.
Leila joined our home in January 2019 after being severely malnourished and a victim of extreme neglect. She was sick, withdrawn, and scared.
Her empty eyes held so much heartache as they bore into each person she met
Yet because of our generous donors, Leila was able to receive emergency medical care, intense therapy and excellent nutrition. Leila was able to heal as she learned how much we love her, and how much Christ loves her.
Where is Leila now?
Little by little, Leila began to blossom! Leila began to talk, walk, and the best part of all – she started to smile! She has become the life of our home with her chatting, dancing, and praising Jesus! It has been such a beautiful story of redemption and transformation right before our eyes!
After more counseling, therapy and support Leila was able to say goodbye to our Gem family as she was reunited with her biological mama! God is so good, and we are so excited to see her accepted and loved not only by her family but the entire community around her!
Think about it, at the beginning of the year, Leila looked hopeless but today she has an entirely different story! Leila is healthy, talking, joyful, loved and adored and reunited with her family! Although we will miss having Leila in our home, we are so excited about the future for Leila!
We have 45 other children, just like Leila that we care for — and are taking in new children all the time. Want to see more children like Leila healed and cared for?Give now!
What does our day-to-day look like?
On a daily basis, our children are taking classes, going to school, being fed three meals, and doing one of their favorite things: playing outside with the staff. There’s usually lots of laughs and children being silly.
Often times, people tend to think the quality of life of a child with the special needs is somewhat less, but believe us, if you spent one day around these children and saw the joy, laughter and fun that they have you would never think that again. Our goal is to provide each child with love, and care, and to love them the way that Christ loves them.
Here at the Gem Foundation, we believe each child is created beautifully by God, and in his image. Sure, some of there arms may not work the same as yours, but God loves them the same, and we want them to know that.
How We Got Started
Our founders, Emma & Joshua Quisenberry have always had a heart to care for special needs children. Since Emma was just 6 six years old, she had a desire to serve in Uganda. They moved and began their journey to care for the children of Uganda over five years ago.