About the Founder
After several years of neglect, Joseph Mbwaga left his home of Igamba at the age of 15 to find more support and a more hopeful future elsewhere. While passing through villages, finding food in trash piles and sleeping under trees, he finally arrived in his future home of Kibaha on top of a livestock transport train.
In Kibaha, Joseph put his special gift for music to good use, landing a job as a pianist at local church in exchange for sleeping on the church pews during the week. While playing one Sunday, he met a touring Australian man who would forever change his life.
After learning of Joseph's homelessness, the man took Joseph under his wing and offered to pay for his secondary school. Because of the man's generosity, Joseph managed to graduate and teach himself English and computer repair.
He later opened a successful internet cafe and computer repair center in Kibaha and lives there with his wife and children. However, he felt called to return to Igamba and help the orphans in the same way he was lifted up by someone else. Thus the creation of Help the Orphans Foundation.
With your help and generosity, Joseph hopes to build up this orphanage to accommodate as many children as there are on the streets of Igamba and the surrounding regions. He knows first hand how far a little generosity can go for those in such desperate situations.
Asante Sana na Mungu Akubariki!
"Thank You and God Bless You" in Swahili