Marilyn Skinner, co-Founder of Watoto, lived in Uganda for more than 30 years. They've been tied up, they've had guns pointing to their heads. It was not an easy life. But God is bigger and more magnificent than all the threats and guns.
Many of the women in Uganda have no rights and bear the brunt of the war, of poverty and of disease. Thousands of girls are abducted from their homes. Little girls as young as 8 years old were given as sex slaves to the generals in the rebel army. If they try to escape, they are punished in the most horrendous ways.
God spoke to Marilyn that He wants her to help restore the dignity of these women - the greatest resource that Africa has, waiting to be empowered. After all that they've been through, many of these women were just tired, overwhelmed and hopeless. This in turn led to their lack of will to survive or even look after their own children. Therefore in early 2008, the goal of Living Hope is to restore dignity to vulnerable women in Africa. Left abandoned or widowed, the target group is HIV+ single women, returnees from abduction into the rebel army in northern Uganda and teenage mothers.
God is truly turning the hopeless into the hopeful, so that they can become the conduit of hope to the others.