Naume, the founder of HOREMI

My name is Naume Naigaga and I am the founder of the non-profit organ­i­sa­tion HOREMI, which cares for chil­dren in need in eastern Uganda. Their story and mine are there­fore closely linked. 

I was born on July 23, 1969, the eldest of my moth­er’s four chil­dren. My father, who had married a second time, died when I was 16, my mother only two years later. Completely orphaned, my siblings and I initially lived with my father’s second wife. However, she abused us so badly that we feared for our lives. Finally, I decided to rent a small room for my siblings and me where we were at least safe. Since my sisters were still in school, I had to inter­rupt my own educa­tion and look for a job to support ourselves. I was already teaching at that time. Later, I went to Kyam­bogo Univer­sity to further my educa­tion and at the age of 28, I was certi­fied as a primary school teacher.

In 1997, I got married and started a family. My husband and I had four chil­dren before he died in 2011. Although I now had to provide for them alone, I adopted three young needy chil­dren and soon after adopted two more, including 18-year-old Kenneth Kabweru, who later became my right-hand man at HOREMI.

As more needy and vulner­able chil­dren were added, I regis­tered a non-profit organ­i­sa­tion for orphans in 2015, then under the acronym HOCI.

How HOREMI came into being

After that, the number of chil­dren continued to increase and so did the chal­lenge of feeding them all. However, with the help of social media, we gained atten­tion beyond Uganda, so that somehow — with the support of a growing number of friends from all over the world — we were able to provide for the basic neces­si­ties, such as food and schooling.

By 2017, with 22 chil­dren already under our care, it was clear that we needed more space and a perma­nent home. With the support of Chris­tian groups from abroad, we managed to buy a plot of land — the construc­tion of a new, larger shelter could begin. At the begin­ning of 2019, the first two dormi­to­ries for girls and boys were in place. The large house oppo­site, where the food store and office are now located, was added, as well as a sepa­rate kitchen. To be able to provide ourselves with food and earn some extra money, we started to grow maize and vegeta­bles. We also started a poultry farm, which gave us an addi­tional small income.

In 2019, we changed the name of the organ­i­sa­tion to “Hope and Rescue Mission Inter­na­tional” or HOREMI for short. From small begin­nings, with a lot of commit­ment and the support of friends from abroad, we have managed to become an insti­tu­tion that gives orphans and other needy chil­dren hope and the chance of a better future.

Naume and Karen, one of the orphans of HOREMI.

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