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Child Welfare Guest House formally known as Kampala City View Guest House is a project of Child Welfare and Adoption Society (CWAS), a nongovernment organization under Kampala Archdiocese.

CWAS cares for abandoned children in Nsambya Babies’ Home and Kankobe Children’s Home, providing them with necessities that enable them to preserve, sustain life and grow to become responsible citizens.


Child Welfare and Adoption Society (CWAS) is a registered charitable non-Government Organization (NGO No. S.5914/504), which looks after vulnerable children. Its headquarters are located at Nsambya off Ggaba Road in one of the suburbs of Kampala. It was established in 1958 by Fr. Rawlinson, a priest of the Society of the Mill Hill missionary Fathers to coordinate the social work activities of Catholic Child Care Institutions in different areas of Uganda.


Due to long distances pregnant mothers used to walk to reach hospitals, some of them used to die and leave children behind, whose families could hardly be traced. Besides, the then high influx of refugees to Uganda from the neighbouring countries such as Rwanda also caused the number of abandoned children to rise. Fr. Rawlinson started collecting such abandoned children from the hospitals and on the streets and put them under the care of willing elderly mothers at a cost. These running costs would be facilitated by financial collections from various local and international sponsors.


Since these children were from different backgrounds; cultures, tribes and religious denominations, the name changed from Catholic Child Welfare and Adoption Society to Child Welfare and Adoption Society (CWAS) in 1964.  The Society had similar Homes in other parts of Uganda. Due to financial constraints, the Uganda Episcopal Conference agreed in 1966 that each Diocese should look after its local children. Therefore, CWAS remained under Kampala Archdiocese and its administration was entrusted to the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Reparatrix-Ggogonya, locally known as Ggogonya Sisters.


Currently CWAS is composed of:

  1. CWAS Head Office in Kampala District, Makindye Division.

  2. Nsambya Babies Home in Kampala District, Makindye Division.

  3. Kankobe Children’s Home in Mpigi District, Kayabwe town.

  4. Nateete family Group.

CWAS Head Office

   CWAS Head Office is the coordinating body of the three Homes and all CWAS projects. It is located along Nsambya Hospital road, off Ggaba Road. It is headed by the Director who works directly with the Office Administrator, the Accountant, and the General Projects Manager and support staff to oversee the overall smooth running of CWAS.

1.3 Nsambya Babies Home

   Nsambya Babies Home is located within the same campus as CWAS Head Office. It has a capacity of 30 babies/children. It receives from the Police officers or Probation Officers babies/children aged between zero to five (0 – 5) years, who are abandoned, neglected or orphaned, the majority of whose background is unknown.  Once admitted children receive various welfare services such as food, clothing, shelter, medical care and basic education.  The duration of their stay is transitory and highly variable depending on individual circumstances. In other words, children are supposed to exit the Home immediately after the completion of the process of their re-unification with their biological parents/relatives or fostering or guardianship. 

    Nsambya Babies Home is headed by a Home Administrator (Warden), who works hand in hand with the Director, Social Workers; children care givers and support staff to meet the day to day activities of the Home.

1.4 Kankobe Children’s Home

Kankobe Children’s Home is located in Mpigi district along Masaka Road, 80Km from Kampala city near Kankobe Catholic Parish and it sits on 60 acres of land. It admits children aged six to fourteen (6-14) years old, who have out-grown Nsambya Babies Home or those whose parents and relatives/families CWAS has failed to trace for. Its carrying capacity is 60 children. The children are brought in by the area Probation Officer. On admission children receive various services such as food, clothing, shelter, medical care and education. While at Kankobe, children are educated at the nearby (UPE) Kankobe Primary School and in other primary schools. The Home also supports some children on outreach program. 

Kankobe Children’s Home is headed by a Home Administrator (Warden) who, in collaboration with the CWAS Director, a team of Social Workers, child care givers and support staff strive for the smooth running of Home.

1.5 Nateete Family

     The Home looks after children 15- 18 years of age, mostly those who have outgrown Kankobe Children’s Home. These are either students in Secondary Schools, Higher Institutions of Learning or youth who have completed studies and have not yet established themselves independently. 


All children in the above mentioned Homes are supported mostly through the hard work of CWAS staff and groups and individuals of good will.

CWAS Activities

CWAS carries out the following activities among others:

  1. Admitting, caring for and protecting abandoned, orphaned or abused children.

  2. Tracing the parents/relatives of the abandoned children.

  3. Reunifying children with their biological parents or existing relatives.

  4. Arranging from the Homes fostering/adoption of children whose biological parents or relatives CWAS has failed to trace for.

  5. Following-up children who are reunited with their biological parents/relatives after successful tracing or those in the foster homes for a probation period or for children who are placed in different families just to grow up in a family setting.

  6. Counselling caregivers, abandoned children almost at every stage, couples that wish to foster or adopt children and the youth especially at adolescent stage.

  7. Providing education through people of goodwill, to children who have not been fostered or adopted into families.

  8. Giving Seminars/Workshops to children at different stages on any of the relevant themes such as spiritual life, life skills, positive behavior, how to avoid HIV/AIDS, cultural values, etc. Similarly foster parents are given input on such themes as how to cope with behavior challenges of fostered children, parenting skills etc.

  9. Organizing outreach programmes to cater for children outside the Homes of the Society.  These are children who are placed in various families to acquire family values and get sponsors to support them in schools.

  10. Networking with organizations and individuals who have similar interests and objectives for vulnerable children.

  11. Farming to improve the diet of the children and to promote self-reliance and reduce dependency and running other projects for self-sustenance.

1.7 Management and Administration

Child Welfare & Adoption Society is headed by the Board of Governors appointed by Kampala Archdiocese and its management activities are administered by the Director appointed by the GeneralGovernment of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Reparatrix-Ggogonya (IHMR) with the approval of the Archbishop of Kampala. 

The Head Office (Office of the Director) has three departments namely; finance and accounts, in charge of general Office Administration and Projects office.

Each Home has a Management Committee and an Administrator in charge of the day to day operations. They are appointed by their respective Religious Institutes namely: Nsambya Babies Home Administrator is appointed by the Ggogonya Sisters and for Kankobe Children’s Home by Good Samaritan Sisters. 

The Administrators (Wardens) and the Social workers of the respective Homes form the management staff of these respective centers. These are supported by the management committees as a government requirement whose members are appointed by CWAS Board of Governors.

1.8 Finance

CWAS activities and operations are financed by proceedings from its income-generating projects namely rental collections from the Millennium House, contributions from Child Welfare Guest House, earnings from the tents and chairs project as well as Agricultural projects at Kisoga, SsangoNabbingo, and Kankobe.

The Organization has also some donors who fund certain projects carried out at the respective Homes. 

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