There is an old African proverb “An empty stomach has no ears.” At Sixty Feet we know the value of living the good news in both word and deed.
Every year, hundreds of children in Uganda are swept off the streets for begging and locked up in the national children’s prison or remand centers. Many children arrive through the juvenile justice system prepared to serve their sentence. On occasion, a parent or step parent will bring a child and leave him at the facility so she or he can be punished for something done at home. These facilities are under-funded and under-resourced, resulting in difficult conditions. Your partnership with Sixty Feet will meet critical, essential needs including supplemental food, clothing, hygiene items and new mattresses for children to sleep.
When we deliver your gifts of love, you’ll bring great excitement and big smiles in Jesus’ name to children who’ve known only neglect and abandonment. Food in the prison and remand centers is extremely basic and sometimes scarce. Rice milk and sweet potatoes are staples. Sometimes, the food runs out before the government sends more. On your behalf Sixty Feet will provide supplemental food for children who would otherwise go hungry. We’re not talking about luxuries – just the very basics. Yet the kids we serve together radiate thankfulness. Many children arrive at the prison with little clothing – for boys, usually just a pair of shorts that they’re wearing, and sometimes no clothes at all. They sometimes tie harsh sackcloth around their waists to cover themselves. On one trip to the prison we encountered a little boy who was wearing a girl’s dress because that’s all that was available. Your gift will bring dignity to children who have nothing.