Jaaja Barb’s Home of Angels Brick by Brick - Loaf by Loaf This is a story about two people who, at opposite ends of the world, dreamed of building a home for children. We call this dream Jaaja Barb’s Home of Angels. My name is Barbara Giraud and I am a grandma. This translates to “Jaaja” in Lugandan and our dream was named in my honor. I work solely alone in Canada with a 23 year old boy, Edwin who lived in Jinja, Uganda. Edwin lives and takes care of children at Agape Children’s Home, where he has lived most of his life.
the aunties and social worker. We have been donated the proceeds of the sale of a purebred cow named “Faithful” to provide all the water on our premises, this being the largest gift we could have ever received, as water is the most valuable commodity in Uganda.
We felt there had to be a way to take children from the garbage dumps and put them into a home; to have them attend school and learn to be productive citizens of their country, Uganda.
We have come so far, but we have a long way to go….
How could we ever do this….a 65 year old woman and a 23 year old boy who was just learning English?
We need to ﬁnish oﬀ the insides of both homes so they are livable and also to furnish them. A sustainability program must be established, which we have decided on gardens and a goat farm. Each goat will cost $70.00US. A wall must be built around the entire compound for protection for the children with a gate and guard. At this point we can open.
If your dream is strong enough, you can do anything and we proved this to be a fact. I started baking banana bread. Four loaves a day and after nine months with 1,500 loaves baked, our Home of Angels started to take shape. Even though we are speaking about the “angels” in Uganda, we also had one appear in Canada. “Global TV”. Global TV ﬁlmed our story in February 2011 and the viewers started contacting us with donations and oﬀers of baking the bread. Because of this, we were able to ﬁnish the children’s home and start a staﬀ facility which included a clinic and apartments for
What still needs to be done?
We have had many wonderful donations come in and we appreciate them all. If you would like to help, please contact me. Thank you, Barb Giraud www.jaajabarbshomeofangels.blogspot.com email@example.com
Whats On? • October 2011