African Hearts is a rescue program for children living in the Kisenyi slum, considered the biggest slum in Uganda and one of the biggest in all of Africa. Either orphaned or abandoned by their parents due to poverty, the children in the slums are without food, shelter, and have very little clothing. Sadly, these vulnerable children often turn to drugs or to sniffing a glue-like substance to ease their hunger pains and numb themselves to their situation.

Lutaaya Abdul grew up in these slums. After watching multiple young friends die amid the horrific conditions, he felt a need to make a change.

Lutaaya established African Hearts to bring other children out of the slums and into their transitional homes where they receive food, shelter, and social services, as well as a quality education through the African Hearts Junior School.

With funds raised at the Young Living 2015 International Grand Convention, The D. Gary Young, Young Living Foundation purchased land and built African Hearts a new nursery school building for 200 children ages 3–5! The Foundation has also doubled the impact of the African Hearts slum program, increasing the frequency of a meal provided to the starving children in the slums from three days a week to five days a week. The Foundation also provided the funding for African Hearts to expand the space in their transitional homes so they can house 40 children (versus 20), making it possible to rescue even more from the slums and restore their hope.

International Day for Street Children

Show your support on April 12

Thursday, April 12, is International Day for Street Children. This day is intended to give a voice to the nearly 100 million children living and working in extreme poverty all around the world.

African Hearts, a partner of The D. Gary Young, Young Living Foundation, is an organization working to rescue children living on the streets in Uganda’s Kisenyi slum—considered one of the largest slums in all of Africa. Having a safe and secure place to learn and to live allows kids to be kids and encourages their development into healthy teens and young adults.

We are asking you to speak up and be a voice for the voiceless. Share your support for the vulnerable street children helped by African Hearts. Here are some ways you can show your support:

1. Give

100 percent of every dollar donated helps African Hearts feed, educate, and rescue children from the streets of Kampala, Uganda.

2. Be the voice

Share the stories of the street children of Uganda. Get the word out about the good work African Hearts is doing with the support of Young Living Foundation. Download our shareable social media graphics below.

On April 12, we’ll share the incredible story of two children who were rescued from the Kisenyi slum. Follow the Young Living Foundation on Facebook for this story and more information.

Thank you for supporting a cause that brings food, clothing, education, and love to children on the streets. Thank you for helping us restore hope.