1. About Us
2. About Asayo (Sarah Asayo's History)
3. About Uganda
Wish is a registered US Charity with a mandate to educate, inspire,
equip and facilitate people of all ages to challenge them to take
notice of the 1.2 billion children at risk due to poverty, homelessness,
child labor, slavery, sexual exploitation, aids and plagues, and
war. In partnership with proven, seasoned organizations
we fight to save dying children by sponsoring orphans; building
orphanages and schools; developing micro-enterprises; advocacy;
prayer; and arranging visitations for people to see first-hand the
desperate situation that many of our world's children live in, and
to help at an orphanage or other mercy project.
Asayo's Wish was conceived to meet the need for a strategy to connect
thousands of people who have a heart for 'children at risk' to the
ground-level organizations who are actually doing the work - running
orphanages and schools, rescuing children from slavery, feeding
the poor. Many times, people have a desire to do something to help
needy children, but have no idea how to go about it. Asayo's Wish
provides the compassionate with step-by-step directions on how to
gather those in their sphere of influence and, together, do something
life-saving and life-changing!
Asayo's Wish is structured in
such a way that 100% of all donations for children's homes or projects
go entirely to the designated project. This is possible
because we have businessmen and individual sponsors that specifically
fund the administrative costs, staff and overhead, so that every
dollar that is intended to help a child at risk can go directly
to the need. We can issue tax receipts for all donations
to download Asayos Wish Proposal in a Adobe PDF format or go
to Our Focus for more details.
Sarah Asayo’s History
When the plight of the children and women of northern Uganda came
to my attention, I tried to look away. But I could not. I was deeply
affected because I grew up in northern Uganda. Kaberamaido was my
native village. I was a child there, and these are my people.
My family left Uganda nineteen years ago because of the conflict
in northern part of that country. Now, war has been raging there
for twenty one years. I remember losing our home. My mother could
not prove that she owned it, so the Military took it away, leaving
us homeless. We had nowhere to go. We lived with different friends
in Kampala. I remember moving from house to house, sleeping on the
floor on mats. I remember going for days without food. I felt hopeless.
As if it were yesterday, I remember feeling trapped, despondent
and afraid. I was there and once in the same position that the children
in my orphanage are in.
I was fortunate that my mother and younger brother were able to
leave Uganda and make their way to London, England, where my sister
and I joined them later. My family still lives in London England
where they are now British citizens. I attended school in London,
and I graduated from secondary school with an A-average equivalent
high school diploma. Thereafter, I went to college where I earned
an Associates Degree in Business and Finance. In London, I met and
married an American from Utah. We moved to Utah, and I had a son
when I was 20 years old. Unfortunately, my husband and I were from
two very different worlds and we divorced after four years of marriage.
I returned to London with my son to complete my education so I could
better support my son. I enrolled at London Guildhall University
and graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business and
Information Technology. My son and I returned to America and settled
in Salt Lake City, Utah, where I work as an Implementation Project
Analyst. I am pursuing a master’s degree in Project Management.
Despite my comfort living in America, I have never forgotten the
plight of the children of Uganda; the memories are burnt into my
mind. Most people around the world do not know the level of poverty
and misery that these children experience. The Ugandan government
does not acknowledge their existence; hence they are called “shadow
children.” They are considered an embarrassment, a burden
that should not be acknowledged; therefore they remain hidden. Many
die alone and unnoticed. Northern Uganda is a place filled with
human despair and desperation; people will do anything to survive
even it means selling their children into servitude. Some people
are so desperate that they will eat deceased rats. Having been a
Ugandan and once in their shoes, I identify with these children.
If my family had not been able to leave Uganda, my son could have
been one of those children, and I could have been one of the hopeless
I feel extremely blessed, and I am honored to be in a position to
make a difference in the lives of these people. Maybe I was rescued
from their despair and poverty to return and make a difference in
their lives. I can never forget my humble beginning, and to those
who are experiencing the same, I want to leave a legacy of compassion
and love. For this reason Asayo’s Wish Foundation exists.
I have enlisted in the noblest of all battles--the battle for mercy,
justice and humanity. To save the world’s children from poverty,
homelessness, child labor, slavery, sexual exploitation, AIDS and
plagues is my cause. I can no longer ignore the dying children on
Each of us, regardless of age or circumstance, can take action.
I echo Henry Ford’s words: “There is no man living who
isn’t capable of doing more than he thinks he can do.”
Asayo’s Wish Foundation was formed to grant a child’s
wish--a wish to survive, to have hope, to be loved and valued, to
have a place to call home, to have a reason to look forward to tomorrow.
These children are suffering because they lack the basic necessities
of life, simple basic human needs like clean water, adequate nourishment
and simple kindness.
Area: Uganda is just slightly smaller than Oregon, 241,038 square
km. It has been called "the Pearl of Africa" and is home to Lake
Victoria, the source of the Nile. Uganda is bounded by Kenya to
the east, Sudan to the north, Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
to the west and Rwanda and Tanzania to the south.
Climate: Generally warm throughout the year although nights and
areas at higher altitudes can be cool. March to May and September
to November are rainy seasons. The dry seasons are between December
and February and June to August with the north of the country substantially
drier than the south
Uganda was the only sub-Saharan African country to have subdued
a major HIV/AIDS epidemic. UNAIDS reported that adult HIV rates
continued to fall -- from 8.3% at the end of 1999 to 5% at the end
of 2001, to 4.1% in 2003. An estimated 880,000 children were orphaned
by AIDS by the end of 2002.
Violence kept about 1.6-2 million Ugandans internally displaced,
including at least 50,000 who were newly uprooted that year. About
20,000 Ugandans were refugees, with around 10,000 in Democratic
Republic of the Congo, 5,000 in Sudan and 5,000 in Kenya.
Uganda was host to approximately 175,000 refugees at the end of
2001. About 150,000 were from Sudan, with smaller numbers from Rwanda,
Democratic Republic of the Congo and Somalia.
The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), which has waged a war in northern
Uganda since 1987, wants to overthrow the government and rule Uganda
by the biblical Ten Commandments. It aims villagers and kidnaps
children to use as sex slaves and soldiers
During the insurgencies the rebels abducted hundreds of children,
used them as pack animals and systematically raped many of them.
Many of the children are now HIV positive or have AIDS, some were
so badly beaten and/or raped that they have been scarred for life
both mentally and physically. Consequently some of the girls have
been left with babies (even though they are still children themselves)
and they have no means of supporting themselves or the babies.
A number of children have been fortunate enough to find living
family members. But there are those who have become street children.
These street children are currently in the most desperate need of