My name is Damali Manyindo. I am the director of Sonrise Baby Home in Jinja, Uganda. I felt called to care for orphans since the time I was growing up in a children's home myself. After my mother passed away from HIV/AIDS when I was eight years old, and my uncle passed away in that same year, my siblings and I went to live in a children's home called, "Good Shepherd's Fold" (GSF) in Jinja. My siblings, cousins, and I received the best care possible there and were able to thrive and grow. Since that time, I have also dreamed about providing the kind of love and care that I received in my own life to other needy Ugandan children.
I was very fortunate to have sponsors and receive support during my life at GSF. After leaving "Good Shepherd's Fold Children's Home," I went to University and studied Psychology and Social Science. Throughout college, I also volunteered at "Give International", which is a missions organization here in Jinja. Upon graduation, I received my dream job to care for orphans through working with an organization called "Samaritan's Purse". I specifically worked with the "Orphan Care and Equip Project" here in Uganda.
In March 2009, I made the decision to embark on my next dream: to care for orphans full-time. I prayerfully considered this decision, and felt like this is what God was calling me to do! The Lord led me away from Samaritan's Purse full-time into one of the most rewarding jobs I could ever imagine. God led me to a home outside of Jinja, Uganda that was right across the Nile River from Jinja and was available for rent. After much prayer, I decided to rent the house and open Sonrise Babies Home there. I began visiting some babies that I had heard needed care and nourishment. I visited villages, pastors, homes, etc. to see their situations. I am clinging to the promise that He will provide. God has provided a home we now own with joining chicken coop and outdoor kitchen. Praise Jesus!
The babies are with us from as young as one day old, up to 3 years. Once the child turns 3, he/she will move to the Sonrise Children's Home.