Below are photos of our girls and a brief explanation of how they came to be in the care of the Mirembe Home. You can't read these without wanting to reach out and hold them.
There is so much need for this group of girls as Daniel and fellow Sonrise caregivers pour themselves out to grow them into wonderful young ladies. We encourage you to come for a visit. These wonderful girls will reach out and hug and not let go. Their smiles are very contagious and will ever be imprinted on your mind and heart.
Our girls love to sew & they make beautiful products. But most importantly they are learning a skill that is going to benefit them throughout their lives.
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Natasha Grace Masika, born January 29, 2014.
Abandoned at birth by her 14 year young mother, Natasha has been kept alive only by the grace of God. Scared by tribal warfare, abused and left for dead, she was rescued and brought to Sonrise for help. Please pray about sponsoring our youngest addition to Mirembe Cottage.
Barbara B. (left)
Irene B. (right)
Barbara's birthday is Feb 14, 2008, Irene's is April 26 2004
Both sisters were abandoned 3 years ago by their parents because they were no longer able to provide for them and their 6 other siblings. They were brought to Sonrise to be helped. These sweet sisters are quite opposites but they share the love for the Lord, Barbara has quite the personality always making jokes, and loves to laugh, Irene is a bit more reserved but such a strong girl, and a leader when needed. Their parents are believed to be in western Uganda. Their 6 siblings, also abandoned, live with a grandmother.
Nankuke Valentina, age 10 years.
Local authorities contacted Sonrise to help with an abandoned and staring young girl, Valentina. Her parents are infected with HIV and mentally ill. She and her youger brother were taken in by their uncle but he had no money to care for them. This is all we know at this time. Praise God Mirembe Cottage was able to take her in.
Gift Tani – birthdate August 2002
Gift's father passed away leaving her in the care of her mother. The mother remarried a man that already had many children. Step-children are not treated well here and most are like outcasts. The step-father was abusing Gift to the point she couldn’t stay there any longer and the mother couldn’t do anything to stop the abuse from happening. She was brought to a ministry in town by her mother to take care of her. That ministry had to close down this year due to unforeseen reasons. The director contacted Ivan and Melissa Mukulu and asked them to take Gift in so she wouldn’t have to go back to the abuse in the village. Due to her age and the abuse recieved, they decided it would be best for Gift to go to the Mirembe Cottage with other girls her age. Mirembe agreed to take her in. Please pray for Gift that she will adjust well here at Sonrise and that she will come to know and love the Lord one day.
Miriam – birthdate July 2005
Miriam’s mother gave birth at a young age. She was only in elementary school at the time she became pregnant and has no idea who the father is. She later married another man and abandoned her daughter with her grandmother. The grandmother was not in good health and passed away leaving Miriam with a neighbor who mistreated her. That left Miriam sleeping on the streets and looking for her food sometimes. Miriam was from the slums of Mafubira in jinja. Amos and Daniel heard of her story and made space in the Mirembe Cottage for Maria. Please pray for Miriam that she will adjust well and that she will come to know and love the Lord.
Margaret Pulkol - birthdate June 1998
Margaret lost her dad and was staying with her mom. Her mom had no job and would get drunk and beat her and her siblings all the time. Margaret ended up on the street with her little sister Elizabeth where they found life was a little better than at home. Margaret used to collect the younger street girls and protect them like a mother would (should). She had only had 2 years of school and was 14 years old. Margaret, her sister, and many other girls with Margaret were found on the streets by Daniel and taken to Mirembe Girls Cottage for a better life of love, food, school, shelter, and bedding. Now Margaret has since gone back to forgive her mother and has a desire to help her other brother and sister, that are still on the streets, when she finishes school. She was #8 out of 80 in her grade at school this term! Since coming to Mirembe, she has heard of the love of Jesus and now knows him personally!
Elizabeth Lochol - birthdate February 2006
Elizabeth lost her dad and was staying with her mom. Her mom has no job and would get drunk and beat her and her siblings all the time. Elizabeth ended up on the street with her oldest sister Margaret where they found life was a little better than at home. Her older sister along with many other little girls protected Elizabeth. Her sister was like their mother. Elizabeth and her sister were found on the streets by Daniel and taken to Mirembe Girls Cottage for a better life of love, food, school, shelter, and bedding. Since coming to Mirembe, she has heard of the love of Jesus and now knows him personally! Elizabeth is now doing well in school and such a bright little girl.
Angelina and Sabrina Naru - birthdate February 2005
Angelina (top) and Sabrina (bottom) are twins. Their dad died and were living with their mom but the mom contracted cerebral malaria and went mad. A neighbor later took Angelina and her sister in but could not care for them as she already had children of her own. The neighbor was Carol’s mom (another Mirembe girl). Carol was also on the streets looking for food. Since coming to Mirembe, Angelina and Sabrina have heard of the love of Jesus and now know Him personally! The girls had never been to school before they joined Mirembe and now needs help to catch up. They are very happy to be at Mirembe now!
Anna and Teresa Aya - birthdate December 2002
Anna (top) and Teresa (bottom) are twins. Their dad abandoned their mother. The mom had no job to take care of them so she used drinking to drown her problems. She is now a drunk. Their mom used to beat them and chase them away. The girls would turn to the streets and go through trash to find food. They could stay home on some days and others they had to sleep on the streets because of their mom. They had only been to school for part of 1 year. Since coming to Mirembe, she has heard of the love of Jesus and now knows him personally! Anna is now doing very well in school. She is very healthy and has learned to forgive her mother. She is very happy now.
Anna Longoko - birthdate April 2004
When her dad died, she stayed with her mom who was very poor and a drunk. Her mom had many children and couldn’t take care of them. Anna and her brothers would take to the streets to look for food. Anna had never been to school before she came to Mirembe. She is now doing very well in school and enjoying it. Since coming to Mirembe, she has heard of the love of Jesus and now knows him personally!
Annette Munyesi - birthdate May 2006
Annette is Anna Longoko’s cousin. Annette was living in the same house with Anna. Her dad died and her mother abandoned Annette. She had never been to school before she came to Mirembe. She is now one of the smartest girls in school. She is doing very well and is happy. Since coming to Mirembe, she has heard of the love of Jesus and now knows him personally!
Sharon Kikwenza - birthdate August 2005
When Sharon's father died she was left with her mother. Her mom has no job and can’t afford to take care of her children. Sharon and her siblings (most are brothers) have had to go to the streets to find food to eat. To this day, most of the brothers are still on the streets. Sharon has never been to school before Mirembe and now needs some help to catch up. She is very healthy and happy now. Since coming to Mirembe, she has heard of the love of Jesus and now knows him personally!
Kikwenza Jennifer - birthdate June 2009
Jennifer, the sister of Mirembe Cottage resident Sharon, lived with her mother in the Masese slum when her father died. The mother left Masese with Jennifer to live in her previous village of Mukono. The mother abandoned Jennifer leaving her with an elder brother who could not care for her. Jennifer was forced to beg on streets for food. In December of 2015, Director Daniel visited Masese to visit Jennifer and her mother and learned of their relocation. With Jennifer’s abandoned condition, Director Daniel took in Jennifer to save her life. Please pray for Jennifer as she adjusts under the care of the Sonrise family.
Brenda Eryama - birthdate January 2006
Both of her parents are living. Neither of them have jobs and are drunks. When Brenda was a baby, they would take her to the streets to beg for money. After she grew up, they still used her to get people to give them money but she didn’t get enough begging. So, Brenda had to turn to digging through the trash in the streets for food. She had never been to school before and now she is doing great! She is very shy but one of the happiest girls here. Since coming to Mirembe, she has heard of the love of Jesus and now knows him personally!
Mai Muna - birthdate September 2004
Mai was brought to Mirembe by the local government. They said her dad is a drug addict and her mom abandoned her. Mai ran away from home because the dad wouldn’t take care of her. Even now, her dad is homeless. Mai had very low self-esteem when she came and she had never been to school before. She is now happy to be with the other girls. She is catching up with school very fast. We pray that one day she will come to know the Lord.
Sarah Kange - birthdate October 1998
Sarah was brought to Mirembe by the local government. Her dad and her mom abandoned her. Her aunt took her in but couldn’t afford to feed her or send her to school so she also abandoned her. Someone from town (a stranger) talked to the aunt and said she would take care of her, feed her, and send her to school. But when she got there, they made her a child slave. She got little food, slept on the floor without a mattress or covers. Two neighbors reported the woman and she was later arrested. The police took Sarah to the town council and they brought her to Mirembe. She is now smiling and getting interested in school. She is learning quickly! We pray that one day she will come to know the Lord.
Elizabeth Nabawanuka - birthdate March 2006
Her mother abandoned her with her father. The father has many children and another wife. Some of his children are still on the streets. The dad is old, has no job, and can’t take care of his children. She went to the streets to find food to eat. Her step-mom mistreated her so she found that living on the streets was more peaceful than being at home. She had never been to school. Since coming to Mirembe, she has heard of the love of Jesus and now knows him personally! She needs more attention with school to help her catch up to where she needs be. She now loves her dad and always prays for him. She is very happy now.
Annette Anyera - birthdate February 2002
After Annettes dad died, she stayed with her mother. Her mother had no job and was always drunk. She couldn’t afford to pay for food or school for her children. Because of the living conditions, her big sister went to find someone to marry to take care of her. They got married at an early age and had a baby. The mother would get drunk, beat her, and sometimes chase her out of the house. Annette then went to the streets to find food and would sleep in streets as well. Since coming to Mirembe, she has heard of the love of Jesus and now knows him personally! She loves her mom and has since forgiven her for everything. She is not doing well in school at this time. We are working with Annette to develop some work skills. She is happy to be here at the home.
Rose Anyango - birthdate September 2005
Both parents abandoned her while she was a baby. She has never seen her parents and her grandmother was taking care of her. The grandmother was getting old, no job, and had no finances to take care of Rose anymore. Because she had no food, she would go to the streets to find food to take home. If she didn’t find anything, she would have to stay on the street or the grandmother would beat her. Since coming to Mirembe, she has heard of the love of Jesus and now knows him personally! She needs some help to catch up with school but other than that she is doing well! She loves her new home.
Irene Amunge - birthdate May 2001
Her dad died and the mother was taking care of her. But the mother had no job and no finances to take care of her. She went to school until the dad died and couldn’t afford to go back because her mom had no money. Irene went to the streets to find food and ended up working in the market as a child slave. She was found in the market and taken to Mirembe. She had a desire to go to school and to have a safe place to sleep. She now has that. Since coming to Mirembe, she has heard of the love of Jesus and now knows him personally! She is so smart and will catch up with her schooling soon.
Anna Angole - birthdate November 2002
She was abandoned by her parents and then her dad died shortly after. She was taken care of by a neighbor whom she called “auntie”. The auntie would rent her to people to take Anna to Kampala to beg for money. Anna was already lame in her legs from a disease when she was younger. The people that rented her would beat her head until she bled to make people feel sorry for her when she was begging for money to get the money. She was later hit by a boda (motorcycle – Ugandan taxi) which caused damaged to one of her legs and now can’t walk right. She needs medical help. When she returned to the auntie, she would always beat her more. Anna had had enough and ran away to the streets of Jinja where she was found. She has scars to this day on her body. Because of the beatings, she is a little slow with her learning. She happy at her new home and doesn’t get sick anymore. Since coming to Mirembe, she has heard of the love of Jesus and now knows him personally!
Dina Akello - birthdate January 2000
Her dad died and she was staying with her mother who had no job or finances to take care of her. Her mother would get so drunk and beat Dina and chase her out of the house. She found the streets to be more peaceful than at home. Since coming to Mirembe, she has heard of the love of Jesus and now knows him personally! She is so happy now and loving school. She still needs some help to catch up but she will get there!
Catherine Locholo - birthdate June 2004
She was abandoned by both of her parents. She stayed with her grandmother but she couldn’t afford to take care of her. So, the aunt took her in next. Her uncle did not like her, so he would beat her. She didn’t have enough food and had no education. She went to the streets to find peace and food. She was found in the streets. Since coming to Mirembe, she has heard of the love of Jesus and now knows him personally! She is so happy now and loving school.
Anna Akori - birthdate December 2002
Both of her parents are alive. Because they get drunk, they have no jobs and can’t send the kids to school. They would leave her to take care of the siblings when they were out getting drunk. So, she would go to the streets to find food. Her siblings are still on the streets to this day. She was found there. She is doing great and such a joy to be around. Since coming to Mirembe, she has heard of the love of Jesus and now knows him personally!
Monday Loiki - birthdate April 2000
Monday’s parents are both still alive. They are old, very poor, have no jobs, and are alcoholics. While Monday was young, she became sick with polio but her parents couldn’t afford to take her to the hospital. So, she became sick and lame in the leg. Her parents could not afford to send her to school, buy food or clothes. Monday then ended up on the streets to find food to eat. Some loving sponsors paid for a corrective surgery to help with her leg and she is doing so much better! She is so happy to be at Mirembe and has hopes of walking again soon one day. Since coming to Mirembe, she has heard of the love of Jesus and now knows him personally.