There are estimated over 40,000 children living in institutional care in Uganda.
But four out of five children in orphanages have living family members.
Abide believes in family preservation.
I was privileged to spend some time with them while in Uganda, and learn so much about the orphan care world.
You see, Africa (any many other countries around the world) are filled with orphanages, and although there is need for a select amount of them, Abide has conducted a new approach.
They believe that if you support the mother you're supporting the whole family.
Many mothers in Uganda are reaching a vulnerable place of not being able to financially support their children, and are turning to the only option they see: to place their children in orphanages. This way they will be cared for, fed, possibly even educated. It's there best option.
But is it?
Or is a child remaining in the loving care of their family the best option?
If the children are completely taken care of in an orphanage why would families be eager to get them out of the orphanages. The families are just given a hand out, it is not empowering them to keep their family together.
But what other option is there?
This is where Abide comes in.
They have an incredible program where they house, feed and educate mothers for a period of time so that they can get back on their feet, learn new skills, create their own business and support their family.
Abide emphasises that they are not here to do everything for them, the mothers have to work hard, Abide are simply coming alongside them.
In short, Abide is helping create sustainable families that can support themselves.
Because children belong in families.
The women who come to Abide choose what career they want to partake in, anything from hairdressing, agriculture to owning their own business. Abide encourages them that if they are passionate about their work they will succeed. They learn not only the skills needed but also business strategies of how to sell successfully.
We visited Elizabeth + Sylvia - two women who have completed the Abide program and now run their own businesses.
Elizabeth has 4 children.
She was stranded with her family, not knowing where to turn.
She cringed, and looked at the ground as she told us that she even thought about drowning her children because it would be a better option then starvation.
Without abide this would have been her only option.
But now, having completed the program she is not only empowered + running her own successful business, but says she's "so, so happy that she can provide for her children."
Sylvia, has 2 two baby girls - 3 and 5 years old.
She told us that she had a plan to put her children in an orphanage and then move somewhere where there was work (Sudan)
But then she heard of Abide.
Now she runs her own successful business of making bags + selling clothes.
She told us excitedly that she is so happy and so proud of herself, and has only accomplished this because of Abides help. She now tells all her friends about Abide.