Friends of Potter's Village is a UK Charity (charity number 1173948) supporting the work of Potter's Village Ministries, by raising funds and raising awareness of the work being carried out among children and their families in Kisoro, SW Uganda.
Potter’s Village Ministries is a Child Crisis and Medical Centre in Kisoro. They provide a temporary home for babies whose mothers have died in childbirth, or who are mentally ill or who have been abandoned, until they can be resettled with either their own, or a foster, family. The Medical Centre provides high quality care for all local children, including premature babies.
Friends of Potter's Village are holding a Virtual Celebration morning on Saturday 18th September 2021 - more details to follow.
Read about Iradakunda’s new house, and other stories, in the January edition of Potter’s Village News
Most of the children living at Potter's Village are there because their mothers died in childbirth, or their mothers are unable to care for them due to psychiatric illness. Some children have simply been abandoned.
Friends of Potter’s Village provide financial support for these children, and this continues once they are settled back into the community, usually with their family.
Most families are encouraged, and supported, to start an income generation scheme. This means that after a few years, most families can manage without support, and the sponsor will be allocated another child. Some children, though, will need support for much longer.
We couldn’t manage to support the numbers of children we do at Potter’s Village without our wonderful sponsors, but we invariably have more children than sponsors. Would you like to join them? You will be assigned a specific child, and will receive a photo and a news update twice a year.
If you’d like to consider sponsoring a child, you can find out more by clicking here.
Update March 2021
Coronavirus infections are now falling in Uganda, and the health authorities are carrying out a survey to assess the extent of previously undiagnosed infection. Vaccinations have begun recently for health care workers, including those in the Medical Centre.
Potter’s Village continues with precautions to prevent infection and this video clip shows staff arriving for work.
Please continue to remember the children and staff at Potter’s Village in your prayers, especially Idah, our Administrator, in charge of the site; Jovia, the nurse in charge of the Medical Centre, Dr Nicci, the clinical officers Davis and Rodgers, and all the Medical Centre team.
Thank you for your giving and your prayers.
Update February 2021
Coronavirus cases are still increasing in Uganda, probably more so than official reported figures. Restrictions have been lifted to some extent so there is less mask wearing and social distancing, but restrictions can still limit people's ability to earn their normal daily wage.So far there has only been one case of Covid-19 at Potter's Village. Thankfully, the staff member and her family have recovered.
Sr Jovia explains some of the problems they are having which underlie our campaign for funds to continue to pay the staff, thus keeping the Medical Centre, and the fantastic service they provide, going.