Musana Community Development Organization was created when our team of founders of Ugandan and American University students discovered 162 children living at an orphanage in the worst conditions imaginable. These kids, aged 4-14, were sleeping in three tiny rooms without beds or blankets on a rocky dirt floor. Rats climbed over them as they slept and their bedrooms turned to mud when it rained. Their bodies were covered in rashes, and many suffered from bacterial infections from the unsanitary latrines. During the day, they would fight over a spot in the long line to receive their one meal a day that only teased their empty bellies. Day to day, these kids were hungry, bored, uneducated, unloved, and completely hopeless.
In September 2008, Musana Children’s Home was established and moved 80 of the 162 children into a place they could finally call home. They are happier than they have ever been, getting three meals a day, proper medical care, a good education, and most importantly… LOVE.
To shift away from promoting dependence that "Children’s Home" implies, and to give justice to the many projects that make up Musana today, we changed our name from Musana Children’s Home to Musana Community Development Organization (MCDO) in 2012, a national NGO in Uganda and a 501c3 in the United States, and our home became Musana Nursery and Primary School Mixed Day and Boarding.
Our desire is that Musana not be a charity, but rather a social business that is completely owned and run by the local community of Iganga. We are making strides toward that goal by: employing more than fifty Ugandans on staff at MCDO, making up the day and boarding school that educates more than 270 kids (100 fully sponsored); supporting children in surrounding villages in local primary schools and our boarding school through a rural sponsorship program; sponsoring older secondary school students through a school sponsorship program, sending our graduates to higher education institutes; establishing a microfinance project to educate and help local widows and impoverished women start their own businesses; and developing various sustainability projects that include: a tilapia farm, a dairy cow project, a chicken project, an agriculture project, a café/restaurant, and a craft project that employs women in rural areas and equips them with skills of making jewelry and tailoring. MCDO is run by locals and empowers locals to make a difference in their communities by enabling them to be economically and socially independent while maintaining their dignity, and in return teaching the children the same thing!