About Shared Blessings at Dorcas Village, Mbale, Uganda

The work of Shared Blessings began in Dorcas Village, Uganda in 1997. We became aware of a grass roots effort in rural Uganda to care for the increasing number of orphans with no place to sleep and nothing to eat. A group of Christian women there had formed a group to care for them. When their supplies ran out, and there seemed no way to continue, one woman remained faithful. With her husband’s help, she maintained the care of a number of children and prayed for outside support. Her fervent prayers were answered when Family Connections Adoptions learned about the situation and offered to begin a modest sponsorship program to feed and clothe the children. This outreach program was named “Shared Blessings”. (After a number of years, Shared Blessings incorporated and gained its own nonprofit status separate from Family Connections)

Starting with a handful of donors, the Shared Blessings sponsorship program grew and then moved on to accomplish additional projects at Dorcas Village. A Health Center was built and stocked with medicine, two wells were dug, a small factory for threshing grain and pressing oil was erected, a van to transport the children was purchased and a large sturdy dormitory was built to house children.

Presently, the work at Dorcas centers on helping children who are HIV positive and providing education for poverty stricken village children who have no way to attend school without help.

HIV children having lunch

Packing some of the monthly package