Youth Development

Grace International Childrens Foundation USA, Inc.

aka GICF, Lulwanda Children's Home

Richmond, TX


GICF will establish sustainable, loving homes for orphans in East Africa that develop children to reach their full potential.

"Rescued, Loved, Changed. Giving hope to orphans in Uganda, East Africa."

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GICF Vision Statement

Through God's grace, GICF will abide by Christian principles of unwavering integrity and commitment in all that we do. Our vision is captured in the following six themes.

Stewardship: We are committed to stewardship of finances and transparent accountability to our donors and supporters. Our vision is to instill these values in the children under our care.

Care of the Children: Our vision for Lulwanda Children's Home (LCH) is to provide a safe, loving home environment for the children God has entrusted to us, including nutritious meals, creative playtime activities, superior education and complete medical care.

Education: Our vision is to build and operate a complete Primary School where English, math, science, computer and life skills will be taught. We will care for the children until their ability-appropriate level of education (secondary school, trade school, university) is complete, then provide one year of living expenses. These endeavors will prepare the children to enter the Ugandan workforce as self-sustaining productive citizens.

Community Outreach: Our vision is to seek ways to demonstrate God's love for others in East Africa, thereby extending the impact of GICF. This includes admitting children from the local area into Lulwanda schools, the Good Neighbour Program, and numerous humanitarian efforts

Medical Care: Our vision is to provide health care and education through the Hesed Health Centre located at LCH, which will serve the LCH children and staff. We will seek ways to provide health education programs to the surrounding community.

Additional Children's Homes or Programs: Our vision is to continue developing LCH with a longer-term view of establishing additional homes as we are blessed with provision and funding. Although a different living arrangement model may be adopted, Lulwanda Children's Home is the base from which future child care will be administered and training provided for future staff.

Ruling Year



Mr. Larry Hoelscher


John Waggoner

Main Address

5121 FM 359

Richmond, TX 77406 USA


orphans, Africa, Uganda, children, HIV/AIDS, school, medical clinic, Lulwanda





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Centers, Clubs, (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose (O20)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Health Treatment Facilities (Primarily Outpatient) (E30)

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What we aim to solve

Dire. The problems that create orphans in Uganda are long-standing and persistent, resulting in 2.5 million orphans, 1.2 million of whom were orphaned because of AIDS, according to UNICEF in 2014. This is a tremendous number of children who, through no act of their own, are in a desperate situation. We are working to help just a small fraction of these, but with the hope that generations to come will make the institutional changes needed to control and minimize the problems that create orphans in such great numbers.

Our programs

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Operation of Lulwanda Children's Home

Operation of Lulwanda Primary School

Lulwanda Tendo

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Grace International Children's Foundation aims to establish sustainable loving homes in East Africa for orphans or children who are without adults willing or able to care for them. The goal of these homes is to develop children to reach their full potential and become productive citizens of Uganda.

A key strategy to help the children under our care reach their full potential is providing a good education. Grace International Children's Foundation is committed to educating or training each child to the highest level he or she is capable of achieving. GICF also provides quality living arrangements to physically, spiritually and emotionally nurture the children under our care.

Grace International Children's Foundation USA, a nonprofit registered in Texas, raises the funding necessary for GICF projects and operations in Uganda. The Board of Directors of GICF USA provides long-term strategic direction to the organization, and identifies, prepares and sends missionary staff to assist with operations in Uganda.

Grace International Foundation, a Ugandan registered NGO, was created to operate the orphan care facilities day to day. We currently employ about 45 national staff who run the Children's Home itself as well as Lulwanda Primary School. The teenage children are placed in secondary boarding schools in keeping with Ugandan practice. Three missionary families introduce and train the national staff in Western practices such as financial accountability, and provide specific skills such as medical care.

The Management Team in Uganda is responsible for evaluating each child as to his or her educational progress and physical development. Individual review processes and standardized government-sponsored educational testing allow GICF to determine whether each child is healthy, physically and socially maturing, and succeeding in their education. Progress is also measured in terms of periodically taking in additional young orphaned children, and by our ability to adequately prepare the older children to successfully enter the Ugandan workforce.

Grace International Children's Foundation (GICF) has continued to grow the number of orphans under our care since the start of operations in 2004. The children continue to thrive and see Lulwanda Children's Home as their home and family. Lulwanda Primary School continues to be ranked in the top 10% of schools in Uganda. The recent opening of Lulwanda Tendo in nearby Mbale offers next step housing for the older children, and opened space at the original facility to accept 12 more young orphans. In 2018, GICF undertook a building program to transition from dormatory-style housing to a village of homes model. Each of the 8 new homes will house 10 children and a house mother, or mother and father when possible. By the end of the first year, 4 of the 8 homes were completed, and contributions have been strong enough build several more in the second year. Originally estimated to be a 3 year building program, all of our children will be in these small homes within the next year or two.

External Reviews


Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2011

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2012

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2013

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2014

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2015

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2016

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2017

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2018



Grace International Childrens Foundation USA, Inc.

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