In 2006, while visiting Uganda from the UK, Bev Murrill stood over the crib of a deathly ill, HIV positive child. Impacted by the social stigma and mortality rate associated with children suffering from HIV, Bev returned to the UK with a burden for what she saw and a dream to start an organization to help these children. When arriving back in the UK, Bev shared the story of what she experienced with her church, and thirty members felt called to the cause. Out of the original 30 philanthropists, nine of them traveled from the UK to Uganda to organize and plan. Rachel Parsons was appointed as the leader of the group, and just one year later in 2007, the first children arrived, marking the official opening of Cherish Uganda.
Cherish Uganda is a faith-based, Christian NGO, that exists to bring hope and a future to children living with HIV. We are governed by a board of directors including both Ugandan and international members. Our leading team and management are made up of both National and International staff, united by purpose, passion, calling and faith in Christ.
Cherish Uganda is affiliated to Christian Growth International, a network of churches from which the vision and inspiration for Cherish Uganda was birthed.
We are based in Bulega Village in Wakiso District, Uganda. The work of Cherish Uganda begins with our homes. a place where to demonstrate that if children living with HIV/AIDS are cherished, they can embrace futures of promise. Currently, we have over 40 children living on-site, where they live in homes headed by Uganda house mothers, receive the necessary medical attention and grow up in an environment flooded with the love of Jesus. We desire to disciple the children living on-site with the message of the Gospel and raise up future leaders. It is our hope that our homes will be the foundation on which we can advocate for and be a voice for children living with HIV/AIDS.
Cherish Uganda is also the home of Cherish Primary School, which educates the children living in our homes, as well as the most vulnerable children living in the surrounding communities that lack access to education. We believe that every child should be cherished and supported with the essentials to achieving their dreams. Cherish Primary School strives to afford such opportunities to vulnerable individuals and embrace the privilege of sharing the Gospel through education.