Sabuli Sanguma is a special woman. She and her husband, Mossai, ended up separated from their children for several years during the war breakout over a ten year period starting in the early 1990′s. When Sabuli had the opportunity to see her children again she was impacted by how God through complete strangers had provided for them and parented them in her absence. It made such an impression that upon returning to the Congo she was compelled to care for those in her neighborhood. What started as a neighborhood project, is now focused on kids in the Ubangi region who have no family support and who end up living on the street. Estimates of the number of kids who are in this situation due to AIDS, War, and poverty exceed 10,000 kids – so the need is great!
How the Center began...
It started with a few teenage girls who came to Sabuli looking for some help. Sabuli started a small business to earn some money to share with these girls. It turned out that giving money to the girls did not have the desired effect as they quickly spent the money and did not exhibit much restraint or responsibility. She changed tactics and planted a garden behind her home. She would give the girls food from the garden and they could use the food for sustenance and could sell anything they had left over to purchase other necessities.
View the children's gardens
Sabuli now has 3 plots of land that she gardens. The main garden is 25 acres of jungle that lies 6 miles away from her home; half of it has been cleared and planted so far. Sabuli rises at 4:30 most days in order to walk to the garden. She has planted peanuts, cassava (manioc, yuca), pineapple, papaya, sugar cane, sweet potatoes, taro, rice, corn and coffee. Her kids don’t go to the garden most days because of school, but love spending time there on the weekends helping and eating off of the land.
See Sabuli's main garden
View the garden gallery
Sabuli cares for 80+ orphans who she lovingly calls her “children”. For a while, they were without a permanent residence, so half of them stayed in a local church property and the remaining half lived with various families in the community. With requested outside donations, the expectation to improve the children’s living situation was an orphanage.
The orphanage building was completed and dedicated in March 2013. The foundation and the walls are erected of baked clay bricks and cement mortar. These are the most durable building materials available in the area and will ensure a solid building that will provide shelter for Sabuli’s children for many years to come. The orphanage consists of 7 rooms: two dormitory rooms, one each for the boys and the girls; two quarantine rooms, one adjoining each dormitory room so that illness does not spread through the orphanage; two staff bedrooms, one adjoining each dormitory room for a live-‐in house parent; and a central common room for dining.