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Bob & Carol Higgins
In 2002, missionaries Bob and Carol Higgins heard of 78 orphans who were being targeted by the LRA to be abducted near the town of Lira. With the help of local leaders, they managed to rescue the 78 children and began to care for their basic needs. Throughout the year it became evident that these children needed long-term care.
In 2003 Otino Waa Children's Village was created just outside Lira.Today, there are over 250 children who call Otino Waa home. They have recently handed over the leadership to Rory and Pam Frink.
Vision Statement: We see a center that expresses God’s love by providing high quality spiritual, physical, educational and health services for the most vulnerable and needy in northern Uganda. We are raising leaders who are making their country a healthier place to live and thrive.
Mission Statement: We provide God-centered services to improve the quality of life for Northern Ugandans, giving them hope and a brighter future.
Spiritual Statement: "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." — Matthew 25:40
For over two decades Northern Uganda was the battleground for civil war between the Ugandan Government and a rebel group called The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). The LRA committed atrocious acts including destroying villages and farms, raping, mutilating and violently murdering innocent people.
Although the exact death toll is unknown, it is estimated that nearly 500,000 people were killed by the LRA during this time. Over 2 million were displaced in an effort to survive.
As an act of terror and to maintain their numbers, the LRA also abducted children, forcing them to commit violent acts including the murder of their own families. Approximately 35,000 children were abducted.