The Holy Family Orphanage located
in Nazigo (Kayunga District), Southern Uganda, was conceived and initiated by Sister
Caritas Barajingitwa of the Little Sisters of St. Francis. Begun
in 2001, and officially opened in early 2003, the orphanage is
served by the Little Sisters, and is presently providing a loving
home, as well as educational opportunities for thirty children.
This small population represents a continent of orphans. The people
of Africa are facing the terrible tragedy of an AIDS epidemic.
As a result almost half of Uganda's 1.7 million orphans aged 14
and below have lost one or both of their parents to AIDS. Many
remain on Holy Family's waiting list. They will be accepted as
soon as growth, development, and expansion of the orphanage provide.
Sister Caritas spent seven years as pastoral Minister for St. Mary
of the Assumption Church in Binghamton, New York. While at St.
Mary's she worked to create the Holy Family Orphanage. The untold
misery of these poor children was ever in her sight, having witnessed
their situation for twenty years. She has always felt powerless
because she could not offer them the help they needed. `
needed to grow surrounded by loving care that creates natural
bonds and a family environment. To be able to work and study well,
they needed to be healthy, strong in mind, body and spirit. They
needed practical education, which would help them to appreciate
life and grow into mature, self-reliant citizens.