The charity Kumi COHAD is building 40 homes to create an orphan village at Kanyum, 15km outside Kumi. The village is modelled on the Watoto communities in Kampala, where each house becomes home to eight orphans and a housemother, providing a safe haven in a loving family environment. There are currently 39 children being looked after.
Mission Direct have partnered with COHAD for the past eight years, and helped with a number of initiatives. These include funding and building a piggery and a cow shelter. Volunteers have also funded the purchase of two cows and the setting up of a poultry project, as well as funding the fencing to half the site to improve security. Mission Direct are also partnering with Seeds of Hope, and seven new children arrived at COHAD in 2016 through MD and Seeds of Hope funding.
COHAD provides food, education and healthcare for the children in their care, and as more housemothers are recruited and the houses filled with more orphans, the challenge to fund COHAD increases.