Dwelling Places: who we are
Dwelling Places (DP) is a Christian NGO dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of street children, abandoned babies and high-risk slum families. Through holistic care, these children are relocated into safe, loving homes back in society.
Dwelling Places, started by Rita and William Nkemba in August 2002, follows a holistic program to restore and rebuild the children and families in its care. The ‘Restore’ program is dedicated to rescuing vulnerable children and rehabilitating them through healthcare, education and reconciliation with their families. The‘Rebuild’ program is dedicated to helping families welcome their children back into the home and to enable alumni to develop and enjoy a sustainable way of life after leaving Dwelling Places.
First registered on 22nd August 2002, Dwelling Places is now a fully-fledged Ugandan NGO. Since inception, 1,059 children have been reintegrated back into families and overall, 1373 have received various forms of support in their families, including educational support and provision of basic health care and psycho-social support)As at 31st Dec 2017). Of these,335 children are receiving support within the Karamoja sub region, with 90% coming from Napak district.
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Rita has also been a vocal advocate for Dwelling Places, using her international musical trips to spread awareness about and gather support for Ugandan street children. Dwelling Places now has a large international volunteer base, mainly in the United Kingdom, United States of America and Canada. As a committed Christian Rita continues to dedicate her life to caring for and developing her children holistically.
William Nkemba is the Chairman of the Dwelling Places Uganda Board of Directors and provides invaluable direction, vision and support to the organisation.
Dwelling Places was founded in 2002 by Rita and William Nkemba. Born and raised in Uganda and a social worker by profession, Rita found inspiration in the Book of Isaiah and started a series of initiatives towards helping the most vulnerable and needy in society as a way of serving God. These initiatives came together as Dwelling Places in August 2002, a name they decided on after this verse