In Gulu, a city in northern Uganda , rebels have terrorized the land for twenty years, killing, raping, pillaging and burning. They kidnapped many children, murdered their families and forced them into their army. Some of these children escaped, but have no place to go and no means of support. Other orphaned children wander the countryside looking for help because parents died of AIDS, malaria, dysentery, or other diseases.
The Reverend Otto Naptali, an Anglican clergyman and a Ugandan, was moved to do something about the pitiful plight of the countless orphans. He and his wife, Filder, began by taking children into their modest house in Gulu. When the number reached eleven, they were forced to turn down requests from the desperate children who came to their door daily. They decided to ask family and friends to form a group to start the Keziya Children’s Home (KCH).
In 2005, Shared Blessings undertook a sponsorship program for KCH in Gulu. This led to the construction of two sturdy buildings – one to house children and one to use a school.
In 2017, due to age and health issues, Rev. Otto had to step back from the major responsibilities of running Keziya. He hoped to find a leader to fill the gap but this did not happen. In 2018, Shared Blessings began the difficult process of phasing out the partnership. and for the next two years, supported the efforts of Rev. Otto and his family to make plans for the children still in their care. Most of the children were older and finishing high school. The partnership ended on friendly terms in 2020 with the knowledge that many lives were improved and inspired by the many years of collaboration between Keziya Children's Home and Shared Blessings.