DDEMBE Freedom HOME - UGANDA
exists for the sole purpose of reaching out to Ugandans aged 18 -35, trapped in cycle of disadvantage, abuse and addictions.
Freedom House Uganda’s goal is to help youth off the streets, attain the right to education, vocational training, safe accommodation, drug and alcohol recovery, counseling, and other support services aimed at breaking the cycle of disadvantage, abuse and addictions in a family environment.
There is self discovery, development of skills, growth and empowerment in our home.
FHU empowers youth from the streets to participate in and transform their future through the development of their skills, confidence and relationships with each other, their families and community. We will make every effort to reunite young people with their families. FHU is based on Faith a shared spirituality and the belief that all youth have a right to feel safe, feel loved, and respected.
Youth who are trying to get off the streets are often scared and mistrustful. We try to protect them from the street and its terrors and from the failures of their past. They can only grow when they feel safe and protected. Lying, cheating, stealing, fighting, drugs and alcohol, are a part of the street code. It’s the way young people are forced to survive on the streets. We try to show youth by example that these values are wrong and destructive, and that caring relationships are built on trust, respect and honesty.
Street life is very unstructured. Youth on the streets never know where they will sleep, if they will be safe or how they will get their next meal. In our home we try to provide structure and stability without a lot of rules and regulations. This helps to alleviate anxiety and allows them to change and develop goals. They often feel powerless to control their lives. They fall into a self-defeating cycle of failure. We encourage them to make choices about their future. Youth have the right to feel safe, know they are loved, that change is possible and that their future will be better.
Joan Davidson Vautour, founder of 'Freedom House Uganda' has a heart to serve and is being obedient in her calling. She has been a huge influence on scores of young adults in the past 5 plus years here in Uganda.
In Uganda the roads are horrendous espescially in Masaka, my friend Joan's car is on it's last legs and they really need a 4WD as soon as possible!
After spending 2 weeks with them all in Masaka at Christmas 2015 (which was much too short for my liking) it would be fantastic if we could raise this money for them.
Our sustainable pig project has produced 8 baby piglets.
We have two more pigs who are also pregnant (as the male escaped)! Not sure when they will be born though.
I am leaving Ddembe home tomorrow, after spending an amazing month with Joan and the boys.
Christmas was a blessing being able to feed over 90 kids.
Well done to George and his team.
I'm really going to miss you guys.
Love you all <3 <3 <3