About This Project

A Safe Home for Children

We are a family home and safe place for abandoned, neglected and/or abused children with special needs in Kampala, Uganda. Over the last six years, we’ve enjoyed caring for more than 70 children with special needs.

In Uganda and many parts of the world, children with special needs are considered a curse, unwanted, unloved, and often abandoned. We want to restore that value and share with the world the infinite worth of each precious Gem!

Our Incredible Team

We have three homes that have been uniquely designed to be fully wheelchair accessible. Each home in our village cares for 16 children in a family-style setting, with each group of ‘Gems’ having nannies who work in shifts around the clock to care for them.

Our staff includes nannies, nurses, cooks, caretakers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, administration, security guards, drivers, farm managers, and supervisors, who all work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure our Gems have the best care possible!

A Place to Call Home

The Gem Village is a unique place that will provide an entirely accessible village for our children. It is situated in the beautiful countryside outside Kampala, Uganda. We are excited to be in the first phase of building a fully accessible community for our Gems! We have beautiful sidewalks where our gems can move and stroll freely between accessible homes. A village with no limits! We have completed building a medical clinic which consists of three wings – general medicine, PT & OT, and nutritional.

A few of our kids are reaching the age of 18. Legally children must leave their children’s homes, and girls and boys must be separated at age 18. To address this, we are building two assisted living homes where our Gems can continue to grow, thrive, and reach their full potential by learning life skills and becoming independent in their forever homes!

We envision a world where no child with special needs is left behind.

Every child with special needs is a Gem from the heart of God; therefore, we will rescue the abandoned Gem, restore their God-given value, and release every Gem into their God-given destiny.

Please consider donating to help us continue to build our Gem village.

This will include a medical clinic, school, church, administration building, and volunteer housing.

GCF #423

Program Countries: Uganda

Focuses: Special Needs, Orphan Care

Team Lead: Feona Schalk

Team Members: Josh and Emma Quisenberry

Feona Schalk (Help The Gems) logo

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