Schools in Uganda
19-year-old Katie Davis founded Amazima Ministries in 2008. First traveling to Uganda in 2006, Katie immediately captivated with the people and the culture. Returning a year later to teach kindergarten at an orphanage and never moved back to her Brentwood, Tennessee home. She soon discovered that there were few government funded schools in Uganda. None of which were in the area she was working in. Katie knew she had to do something about this, so she started a child sponsorship program. A gift of $300 or $25/month is enough to provide school. As well as 3 hot meals a day, spiritual discipleship, and medical care for one child. In 2008 Katie had enough sponsors to support 40 children and today sponsors over 600 children.
Amazima’s goal is to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the Ugandan people who need it most. After she began the child sponsorship program, Katie began a feeding program for the Masese community, feeding over 1,200 children Monday through Friday. She didn’t stop there. Katie wanted to help the women in the Karimojong community provide for their families. She established a self-sustaining vocational program to empower these women to make unique necklaces, which are then purchased and sold in the United States.
As if Katie Davis didn’t have her hands full already, at age 20 she adopted 3 Ugandan girls and now at age 25, Katie is mother to 14 beautiful girls. Katie makes the comment, “People tell me I am brave. People tell me I am strong. People tell me good job. Well, here is the truth of it. I am really not that brave, I am not really that strong, and I am not doing anything spectacular. I am just doing what God called me to do as a follower of Him. Feed His sheep; do unto the least of His people.”
This just goes to show what one person can accomplish through obedience to the call on her life and a lot of faith. One person can change the world for many! It is people like Katie Davis who ignite the spark for the rest of us to get out there and make a difference.
For more information on Amazima Ministries or to read more about Katie Davis’ heart for the Ugandan people, visit her website at Amazima.org and read her memoir Kisses from Katie!
Photo Courtesy: Amazima Ministries