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.