The Lulu Tree prevents tomorrow’s orphans by equipping today’s families through the local church — so that they, in turn, can care for the most vulnerable, such as orphans and the elderly.
Our goal is to preserve families whenever possible, equipping communities to care for their own children through the local church. Poverty and abandonment pose a threat to the family unit and can create orphan situations, even when a mother’s deepest wish is to care for her children.
In South Sudan, the civil war has ended the lives of many parents, and in the refugee camps, thousands of children live in what is termed “child-headed homes.” Children as young as nine are put in charge of younger siblings, even as their mother’s grave sits freshly dug beside their clay hut.
In the summer of 2019 Pastor Santos decided to take in 18 of these children, in addition to the 6 he was already caring for in his tiny “turkool” or thatched-roofed hut. To learn more about this man and his heart for the orphans of South Sudan, please go here.
Additionally, Pastor Santos is caring for the “jajjas” or elderly widows in the camps by pairing them with the children; so he is putting a jajja or grandmother with each child-headed family, with him acting as a father to them all.
It is our hope that many pastors in the camps will join Santos in being a father to the fatherless and a defender of the widow (Psalm 68:5).