In August 2004 Voula Zacharias visited Uganda on a missions outreach. As part of a YWAM Family Ministries team, she taught in seminars on counselling skills for community leaders, youth, pastors and carers. During her time there Voula was impacted by both the great need in the various communities, and the possibilities that existed to become involved in helping meet the need.
It started when she met children who had lost both parents through HIV/AIDS, and saw the squalor they were forced to live in, discovered their opportunity for education was non-existent, and their future was at best extremely bleak.
During her time there Voula was impacted by both the enourmous number of at-risk children, the great need in in the various communities, and the possibilities that existed to become involved in helping meet the need. In the time since our activites have commenced, we have grown, not necessarily in size as an organisation, but more importantly in the level of impact it has on the need in Uganda.
Since that first visit in 2004, the pace at which things have moved has been astounding. CARE4Kids (ISAU) was started with very little, except a strong commitment to make a difference. A small facility was initially rented and within no time it was overflowing. We soon recognised that the key to our work needed to be providing a future, not just a home for today.
ISAA has made a difference to the lives of hundreds of children, provided communities with sustainable development projects, supplied materials and provisions, supported numerous local schools, clinics, local NGO's, Children's homes and pastors. ISAA has also been able to facilitate the supply of computers and training to improve communication and future employment opportunities.
In many ways so much has happened in a few short years, but there is still so much more to do. So many more orphans and at-risk children who need to be helped, so many more communities who need to discover hope, and so many who need to know that there is a heavenly Father who cares for them and longs to be a father to the fatherless and provide homes for the homeless. Tax deductible funds from Australia are not used to fund evangelistic activities.