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Sunflower Sanctuary

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We are delighted to announce the structure for sunflower sanctuary in memory of Rony Bridges has been completed but there is still much work to do; most recently the disabled toilets and showers

Sunflower sanctuary 

Please watch the opening ceremony

Starchild’s dream of building a sanctuary for families and children affected by autism in Uganda is a beacon of hope amidst the pervasive stigmas and myths surrounding disabilities. In many Ugandan communities, individuals with disabilities, including autism, face severe discrimination, often being locked up, chained, ridiculed, raped, and abused. The prevailing belief that these individuals and their mothers are cursed by the devil exacerbates their marginalisation.

Most of these children find inclusion within regular school settings unattainable, highlighting the urgent need for a dedicated centre. This holistic sanctuary provides a safe and supportive environment where affected children and their families can unite in their journey towards cultural change, skill development, and finding love, acceptance, and hope.

Starchild was fortunate to be gifted land on the banks of the Nile in Jinja, adjacent to the Mango Tree Learning Centre. This sanctuary, built in memory of the beloved Rony Bridges, stands as a testament to the profound impact of collective goodwill and dedication. 

Please view our video and pictures to see first-hand the transformative difference this project is making. 

We extend heartfelt gratitude to all donors, especially the Church of Scotland Guild, the main funder of this unprecedented project. However, we still need your support to cover our ongoing overheads, including:

  • Water

  • Electric

  • Food

  • Support worker salaries

  • Transportation

  • Sensory room

Your continued generosity is crucial for sustaining this vital sanctuary. Thank you for helping us bring about much-needed change and providing a haven for those who need it most.

Sunflower Sanctuary Latest News

As the colder nights creep in, Starchild has been reflecting on just how far we have come this year. It was another busy season for Starchild. As you can see The Sunflower Sanctuary reached new heights!

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