We adopt youth into our spiritual family as God has adopted us.
Past wars and poverty have left thousands orphaned throughout Uganda and South Sudan. Many broken youth lead child-headed homes, live on the streets, or are neglected in prison for the crimes they committed to survive. In this situation, education is impossible, simple injuries are crippling, and meals are hard to find. Childhood dreams are lost as life’s one goal becomes survival.
The Gulu Institute for Transformation (GIFT) is a home and family for youth who need Jesus with skin on. GIFT is not just a program, but a 24/7 family. Yet GIFT is not just an orphanage, which the Ugandan government discourages in favor of a foster care system with extended family members in the villages.
GIFT is a holistic solution to a total need: for mentoring, physical needs, education, vocational skills and opportunities, salvation and discipleship, and starting a new life with Jesus in real community.
The Gulu Institute for Transformation in Uganda provides the following 24/7:
- Education and supplies
- Counseling and rehabilitation
- Real family units
- Bibles and study materials
- Vocational skills
- Life skills
- Career opportunities within and beyond the ministry
- Christian community bearing fruit that multiplies
Designed as a solution for children languishing in prison without discipleship and education, the GIFT home and work study program transitions youth leaving prison. But God had bigger plans and starting in September 2019 started bringing hundreds of youth off the streets and into Favor’s family. We are feeding and educating these orphans as fast as they are coming to Jesus by the multitudes. Our staff are personally leading them in discipleship at all hours, they are living in our homes, and we are renting and building shelters as fast as possible to provide safer places to call home.