I have lived in this country my entire life, and I have driven on Naguru Road hundreds of times, but I never realized that I was passing a children's prison. I never knew there was a children's prison, housing 150-200 children, in Uganda and I was shocked to find one along Naguru Road behind Nakawa market. Its location is 100 meters next to the former Dubai car import business. The facility is fenced with bricks and barbed wire . It is called NAGURU REMAND HOME. This is the place where the Lord has sent his servants. We will do what we can to put smiles on the faces of the children, we will make their lives a little happier and we will tell them that Jesus loves them very much.
When you enter the main gate of the Naguru Remand Home, you are unaware of what type facility you are entering. The buildings look like they are deserted and the panes of the windows are without glass. There aren't any washrooms for the children to shower. There isn't a health care center for when they fall sick. The children don't have tooth brushes, toothpaste, shoes, clothing, educational materials or books, pens, pencils and everything else that they need for school. There are not enough beds, bedding or mattresses. There were not any activities to keep the children busy.
When we reached the home, the children looked quite miserable. They told us that they were hungry. They have breakfast in the morning and it is porridge. For lunch they have posho and beans every day. They do not have dinner and this is so sad. There are no fruits or vegetables in their diet, no meat, no dairy products.
However, the children were so good, normal and disciplined, loving and well behaved. They didn't look or act like they were criminals, although they were in the facility for crimes such as robbery, defilement, rape, assault and murder.
We were greatly impressed by the care takers. They were really very nice to both the children and us. We were shown around the facility and were treated respectfully by the staff and the children. The staff indicated they would welcome any and all help we could give the Home.
We left Naguru Remand Home knowing that our hearts had been greatly touched by these children in need. We never know where God will lead us. We never know where He will say "Here, you can help here." But we do know that whoever puts smiles on the faces of these children will be rewarded greatly in this life and in heaven.
"Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." Jesus said. Matthew19:14