Meet Sarah Asayo: Founder of Asayo’s Wish Orphanage

December 7, 2009 at 9:52 pm Leave a comment

Sarah Asayo with orphaned children

Sarah Asayo with orphaned children

For decades Uganda has been ripped apart by civil war and political coups. Violent guerilla groups like The Lord’s Army have subjected the Ugandan people to sexual slavery, murder, and abduction. Additionally, much of the adult population has been ravaged by AIDS. All of this has resulted in an orphan population that numbers in the millions. The orphans roam the streets, simply trying to survive from day to day. In these bleak circumstances, one woman is proving that a single person can make a difference and inspire change.

Sarah Asayo understands the plight of Ugandan orphans. Her own father was exiled during Idi Amin’s rule, and forbidden ever to return to Uganda. Sarah and her mother, sister, and brother were turned out of their house because they could not prove ownership. They survived by moving from house to house, sleeping on floors, and going days without food. “I remember the feeling of hopelessness,” says Sarah. “As if it were yesterday, I remember feeling trapped, despondent and afraid.”

Fortunately, Sarah’s mother and brother found a way to London and then sent for her and her sister.  Sarah grew up in England, married, had a son, and earned college degrees in business, finance, and information technology. She eventually moved to the United States, and  is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Project Management.

But Sarah still remembers. “I have never forgotten the plight of the children of Uganda; the memories are burnt into my mind.” When her relatives in Uganda described the horror that many of her countrywomen face, Sarah said it brought back images and memories she had tried for years to bottle up. “At first, I could not listen; it was much too disturbing. For many years, I had lived in fear of returning to that reality. Nevertheless, I was deeply affected by my relative’s descriptions of the conditions in northern Uganda, especially Kaberamaido, which is my native village. These are my people.”

To help alleviate the suffering of Uganda’s orphans, Sarah created Asayo’s Wish Foundation, which concentrates on providing shelter, food, clean water, clothing, educational opportunities, and a surrogate family structure to orphans, as well as physical and emotional security. The Asayo’s Wish Orphanage supports 150 orphans, and the Foundation feeds an additional 150.

Children decorating the shop at Asayo's Wish Orphanage, September 2009

“I was once in the same position that the children in my orphanage are in,” Sarah said. “Asayo’s Wish Foundation was formed to grant a child’s wish—a wish to survive, to have hope, to be loved and valued, to have a place to call home, to have a reason to look forward to tomorrow.” Trivani Foundation is a proud partner of Asayo’s Wish Foundation and helps support over 300 children attend school every month.

To learn more about Sarah Asayo and the Asayo’s Wish Foundation, visit


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