Ian Giovannetti, a Fulton native and sophomore at Champlain College in Burlington. Vt., will be spending three weeks during the month of May volunteering at an Ugandan orphanage.
Through the Service and Civic Engagement Center at the college, Giovannetti signed up to volunteer at the Malayaka House Orphanage in Entebbe, Uganda.
While there, he will spend his time teaching at the school, farming, and helping with general maintenance projects.
The Malayaka House Orphanage was started in 2005 by American tourist Robert Fleming while visiting the country of Uganda.
Through a series of unusual events, he found himself with the responsibility of being the care-taker of an abandoned new-born baby girl. This child was soon joined by others brought to him the Ugandan authorities who felt their only choice was to ask an American tourist to look after them.
The non-profit orphanage was then created. Currently, the orphanage is home to 36 children ages newborn to 17 who were abandoned, abused, or orphaned.
The mission of the Malayaka House Orphanage is to raise these children in an environment of love and support so that they may grow up to overcome their horrific beginnings and become healthy and happy members of society.
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