The Gem Foundation is a home in Uganda for children with special needs who have been abandoned, orphaned or abused. We currently have the incredible joy of caring for 39 precious children. Our youngest is just 8 months old, and our oldest is 16 years old. All of our children have varying special needs which include: Cerebral Palsy, Hydrocephalus, Brain Trauma, Autism, Down Syndrome and Epilepsy. Caring for our children (we like to call them Gems!) is an absolute joy! Each day we celebrate new milestones that are reached while hidden personalities emerge. (IVO is the USA nonprofit and The Gem the Uganda NGO.)

We are currently renting a home on half an acre in the city of Kampala, Uganda. Although our facilities have served us well, we have outgrown them. We have also found that being surrounded by air pollution is difficult for our Gems who struggle with heart and lung disease. Learn more