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Daniel Riveiro Jr., of the Tampa Bay area, is excited to begin participating in the Watoto program. Watoto aims to rebuild the nation of Uganda, where a heartbreaking number of citizens have lost their lives in recent wars. It is truly a tragedy of epic proportions, one that has created countless widows and orphans. Clearly, Uganda’s citizens are in desperate need of assistance.
Daniel Riveiro is no stranger to philanthropy. As an alumnus of Jesuit High School in Tampa, Daniel learned to be a leader and a man of faith from an early age, so joining forces with Watoto seemed like an obvious choice. Now, he plans on taking a trip to Uganda in the near future so he can help ease the people’s suffering. The Watoto program provides a range of services, including medical care such as HIV/AIDS treatment, education to help develop the next generation of leaders, trauma counseling, and spiritual discipleship.
There are many ways to participate in the program according to Watoto.com. One can donate toward the cost of vehicles, technology, or medical equipment. There are also a number of sponsorship options. One can sponsor an individual baby, child, or housemother or make a contribution to the Living Hope program, which focuses on abandoned or widowed women, some of which are HIV positive. But Watoto is about more than just fundraising: those with the means can travel to Kampala, the war-torn capital of Uganda, and visit the Watoto church to see firsthand how the program has improved people’s lives since it began in 1983.
Uganda’s people have suffered terribly at the hands of corrupt rulers, and nearly one million people have been killed in the fighting that has plagued the country for years. Even worse, 20,000 children were abducted and forced to be child soldiers, according to Watoto.com. Thankfully, there are people like Daniel Riveiro who are willing to help the Ugandan people get back on their feet again.
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