Our Work

What We Do

A Safe Home for Children

We are a family home and a safe place for abandoned, neglected and/or abused children with special needs. Over the last 6 years we've had the joy of caring for more than 70 children with special needs.

In Uganda and many parts of the world children with special needs are considered a curse, unwanted, unloved and often abandoned. We want to restore that value and share with the world the infinite worth of each precious Gem!

Child playing in the grass
Staff photo of nannies, nurses, therapists and founders of Gem Foundation

How We Do It

Our Incredible Team

We have three homes that have been uniquely designed to be fully wheelchair accessible. Each home in our Village cares for 16 children in a family style setting with each group of "Gems" having nannies who work in shifts around the clock to care for our Gems.

Our staff includes nannies, nurses, cooks, caretakers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, administration, Security guards, drivers, farm manager and supervisors who all work tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure our Gems have the best care possible!

Where We Do It

Kampala, Uganda

We are located in a place we like to call Gem Village. Located outside of the capital city of Kampala. With 88 acres we have fresh air and lots of space for our Gems to grow and thrive.

Overhead view of Gem Village in Kampala, Uganda

Leila's Story

Leila Before

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 She was sick, withdrawn, and scared.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.

Leila, a child at the Gem Foundation when she first arrived
Leila, a child at the Gem Foundation after a few months

Leila's Story

Where Leila is Today

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?

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