About Pastor Isaac
Papa Isaac Wagaba and his wife Rebecca began the children’s home in 1996 with two abandoned children.
During the reign of infamous Idi Amin, when Pastor Isaac was laying on a heap of bodies, Shot and left dead, he had a voice “Isaac, I have saved your life so that you may save the lives of the fatherless children…….. Isaac. I will be the father of those children through you.”
Strengthened with energy from God, Pastor Isaac crawled from the pit and ultimately God fulfilled his promise, beginning with two abandoned children.
Today in Buziika, near Jinja (Uganda), Pastor Isaac serves God who saved him to be a father of the fatherless, by directing a growing and vibrant orphanage and home for destitute children- the invisible children of Africa.
In his own words
Canaan Children’s Home was born after the Lord gave me a vision when in a dangerous time and that was the time when Idi Amin was the ruler of Uganda. He closed all spiritual Christians churches in Uganda and he persecuted the church openly. Most our churches were burnt down and many of our Pastors were killed. I was one of the Pastors, who were persecuted but narrowly escaped by the Grace of the God, because I was invaded three times because I was a District Overseer and my name was on the death list.
On this third time, I was found at home with my family and they started shouting at us, looted my household property, bound me with ropes and I was put on their truck and taken to Kampala where they had a special place for killing people. On that truck I found five more Pastors whom I knew and we became six. We were kept in a room at the house which was called the Nile Mansion and the room was stinking with human blood.
When we arrived there, we found when they had just killed some Pastors including Bishop Jana Luwum of the Anglican Church of Uganda. We were told to stay in that room for three days. On the third day soldiers came and asked us to denounce Christianity and become Moslems so that we can save our lives. Because of torture and hunger, four of the Pastors accepted to be Moslems and they were circumcised and eventually set free.
The other pastors and I persisted and after three hours we were told to get ready for death. We were taken outside with our faces blindfolded; our hands held backwards and were shot at. My fellow pastor called John died instantly. I was shot on the right hand the soldier thought that I had died, and then we were left there. They never knew that I was still alive, so that is how I miraculously escaped death. After that about 25 of us were thrown on the back of a truck and the driver was commanded to take us to a pit dug in Kampiringisa Forest on Masaka road, then we were dumped in the pit as dead bodies. Late in the evening, I had a voice calling, “Isaac, I have saved your life so that you may save the lives of my fatherless children”.
In that state, I got a vision in which a lot of children were coming to me and these children hungry and malnourished. In fact they were like naked, moving skeletons and the voice went on to say, “Isaac, I will be the father of those children through you”. Immediately I felt strength in my life and stood up but failed; so I crawled on my knees from the dead bodies. I really cannot tell how, but I found myself in the home of a Herdsman who was looking after his master’s cows. I asked him to help me because I had come from a dangerous situation. He welcomed me and nursed my wound. He was my Good Samaritan and early in the morning I was taken on a bicycle to a place where I received first aid and that man paid the bill. I recovered after 5 days of treatment in that clinic. I requested my Good Samaritan to go and see my home but when he went there he found everything looted and my house burnt to ashes. My wife had gone to hide at her parents’ home with our children whom we had at that time; James and Samuel. I found myself homeless and I had no where to go. So many pastors were escaping into the neighboring country, Kenya. I also got an idea of escaping too and the Lord made it possible for me to go into Kenya by train. Within one week I had found my fellow pastors who were already in Nairobi and took me to the hospital where I was totally healed.
We spent 9 months in Kenya praying that God may give us a God fearing President and did hear that prayer. The government was overthrown in 1997; we started making arrangement to return to Uganda. The Spirit led me to go back to my Church at Buziika even after my home had been burnt down. I insisted that I go back to that place. I thank the Lord for the brethren in Kenya had contributed some money to help me build a small house to live in. The brethren in Buziika helped with putting up the small house.
In 1982, I had almost forgotten about the Vision and the words of the Lord in the forest, but one day a lady came to our church with two children and told us that the Lord had led her to come to our church. She stayed for three days and the fourth day she abandoned and escaped leaving the children behind. After 2 days that when we remembered the vision of becoming the Father of the fatherless; the two girls are now married. In 1986, a widower came to us and asked us to help his two sons because he was sick and old, within a few days the old man died and the children remained with us: one was 4 years old and the other was 8 years old. We stayed with them and took them to school until they became adults and self-reliant.
CANAAN CHILDREN’S HOME
In 1996 this was a year we found that a home was necessary because of the many children who continued to come to our church with the problem of orphans increasing and abandoned children continued to rise. I remember the vision in its full light and great conviction came to me to help these children. My wife and I rented 2 rooms near our house for those orphans. We started that home with 4 children. By July 1997 we had received 8 more aged between 4-13 years. We tried our best to clothe and feed them and met their health needs. To our surprise children continued to come and we could not stop them. By 1998, we had 24 children on roll and I was obliged to open another home at one of our local churches in the village called Seeta. We helped them with the little finances we could get from God. The most difficulty problem has been the education of these children but the Lord has been so good, we trusted his providing hand.
In 1999, Canaan home became a registered ministry with an orphanage of 30 children and that year was the year when our Ministry was low in finances and we found that we needed some real partners to give us a hand in this work of promoting the vision that God gave me.
GOAL AND OBJECTIVES
- Children are people too and Canaan Children’s Home’s main objective is to bring children out of the street and turn them into good Christians and responsible citizens. We desire that they come out of life they are leading on the street (i.e. drug abuse and bad moral behaviors).
- It is our desire that the orphans get helped to find meaning in life and to belong to the home.
- To help them not to think that life ended when they lost their parents. We desire to be the father of the fatherless as the Lord commissioned us.
- We desire that all these children get an education so that they may be self-reliant in the future and we want to train them to help other orphans.
- To give these children good health services by building a clinic at the Home and have a doctor available of them.
- To give these children a good education by building primary and secondary schools.
Birthdate: 06/18/05 At Canaan since 2008 Derrick’s father is unknown. The mother is infected with AIDs and unable to care for the boy. She handed over Derrick to the grandma who is also not able to care for the boy’s welfare. Therefore, because the grandma was a neighbor to Canaan Children’s Home, she sought for help from Rev. Isaac who accepted the boy into the centre. Derrick’s favorite color is red and his best subject in school is science. He likes to sing and when he helps with chores around Canaans he enjoys mopping the most. He wants to be a doctor when he grows! Suggested Sponsorship: $99 Sponsorship Levels: $29, $49, $99 Sponsorship Status: Derrick is currently sponsored at $50/mo Sponsor...read more
Birthdate: 06/04/05 At Canaan since 2010 Both of Joseph’s parents are deceased. The father died due to HIV/AIDS and the mother died in childbirth. The little boy was left under the care of his grandmother, who was also vulnerable in that she is to old to do any work to earn her a living. Together with the local council authority, she sought for helping Canaan and Canaan rescued his life. Joseph loves to play a game called sack ball. His best subject in school is English. He wants to be a pilot and fly airplanes when he grows up. His favorite thing about his home at Canaan’s is that he as a lot of brothers. Suggested Sponsorship: $99/mo Sponsorship Levels: $29, $59, $99 Sponsorship Status: Joseph is currently sponsored at $50/mo Sponsor...read more
Birthdate: 03/10/07 At Canaan since 2012 Enock was born at Matale village, Buikwe. His mother is Mbabazi Macbeth and his father is unknown. After she gave birth to Enock, his mother left him under care of a relative who later brought the child to Canaan because she wasn’t able to cater for the child on her own. Knock likes to sing and his favorite subject in school is English. He wants to be a pilot and fly airplanes when he grows up. His favorite activity is running and he is very fast! Suggested Sponsorship: $99/mo Sponsorship Levels: $29, $49, $99 Sponsorship Status: Enock is currently sponsored at $50/mo Sponsor...read more
Birthdate: 03/02/03 At Canaan since 2007 Pauline is Patricia Kugonza’s elder sister. Her mother died leaving her with her blind, helpless father. Canaan decided to save the lives of these children because no one would care for them since their father is blind and helpless. Pauline wants to be a judge when she grows up. Her favorite color is yellow and her favorite subject in school is math. She loves to sing and if she could tell the world any one thing she would say that “I want to be a hard working girl.” Suggested Sponsorship: $99/mo Sponsorship Levels: $29, $49, $99 Sponsorship Status: Pauline is currently sponsored at $50/mo Sponsor...read more
Birthdate: 07/12/04 At Canaan since 2010 Joshua comes from Seeta Nazingo in Mukono district. Joshua parents are alive but they are not able to provide for the boy. The parents relay on subsistence farming in the village and they cannot afford some of the basic needs of life for Joshua. It was through Pastor George Kasozi of Mukono who was helping the boy that Joshua was brought to Canaan children’s home. Joshua loves soccer. He likes Ronaldo from his favorite team: Express, a local team in Uganda and Arsenal in the international scene. He likes the color red and his best subjects in school are English and science. He has many friends at Canaan’s and says he wants to be an engineer when he grows up (or a pro soccer player!) Suggested Sponsorship: $99/mo Sponsorship Levels: $29, $49, $99 Sponsorship Status: Joshua is currently sponsored at $50/mo Sponsor...read more
Birthdate: 08/05/04 At Canaan since 2010 His father passed away from AIDS when Lucky was only two months old. Since then he has been raised by his mother, Annet who is a low-income earner and is HIV positive. When she realized her life is shortened and cannot invest enough for her son’s future, she struggled to look around for any organization that could help her to raise her child and give him a good future. Then, she heard about Canaan, she filled the forms and thank God, Canaan took him up. Lucky is a very happy young bright boy who values his education at his tender age. He is always reading in class. Canaan is proud of helping brighten his future. Lucky Tom has the most awesome name ever! He wants to be a doctor when he grows up. His favorite color is red and his best subject in school is social studies. He loves to play soccer more than anything else. If he could tell the world any one thing it would be to encourage everyone to “work hard” Suggested Sponsorship: $99/mo Sponsorship Levels: $29, $49, $99 Sponsorship Status: Lucky Tom is currently sponsored at $50/mo Sponsor...read more
Birthdate: 04/16/04 At Canaan since 2010 Eva’s mother is alive. Her father died of T.B. that he suffered for a long period of time. Most relatives associated the sickness to witchcraft and Harriet was convinced to sell all the land the husband had bought to give to witch doctors. After spending all the money she was left alone when the man died in a small house and did nothing for her survival. Pastor George Kasozi visited this mother, preached to her and led her to Christ. He also promised to contact any children’s home to take care of Eva, who had reached the school-going-age and was still at home with no hope of attending school. Eva wants to be a nurse. Her favorite colors are red and blue and her best subjects in school are math and science. She loves to read books and dance! Suggested Sponsorship: $99/mo Sponsorship Levels: $29, $49, $99 Sponsorship Status: Eva is currently sponsored at $50/mo Sponsor...read more
Birthdate: 05/15/02 Rosemary’s parents were residents of Kinaabi village, Njeru South Parish, Mukono District. Her mother died of AIDS in 2005 and left her with her stepfather who is helpless and an AIDS victim. Her father is not known, but suspected to have died of Aids also. She had been staying with the stepfather who was so sick and could not do anything to earn a living. When Rose arrived at Canaan, she had never attended school. We thank God for her life. She is a jolly girl who likes playing all games and making friends. She also enjoys singing, dancing and reading books. She wants to be secretary when she grows up. Her best subjects in school are math and English and she loves the colors pink and yellow. Suggested Sponsorship: $99/mo Sponsorship Levels: $29, $49, $99 Sponsorship Status: Rose is currently sponsored at $50/mo Sponsor...read more
Trevor needs a sponsor! Birthdate: 03/02/03 At Canaan since 2010 Trevor’s father died of AIDS after such a prolonged sickness that all investments made were lost and assets were sold off to cater for the medical expense. Trevor was left in the hands of the mother, no help after all the money was spent for the treatment. She could no longer afford even basic needs for her family. This situation forced Trevor’s mother to seek for help in any organization that could help her children. Through the Local Council and probation, Trevor’s mother was directed to Canaan Children’s Home that rescued the life of this child. Trevor is now living happily. Suggested Sponsorship: $99/mo Sponsorship Levels: $29, $49, $99 Sponsorship Status: Not sponsored Sponsor...read more
Victor needs a sponsor! Birthdate: 03/05/04 At Canaan since 2010 Victor comes from Pallisa, a district in Eastern Uganda in a remote village called Kamugu. Both of Victor’s parents are alive, but they are very needy. The parents of Victor live below the poverty line. By the time we received Victor, he was suffering from a very bad skin disease, but the parents could not afford to treat him. He was introduced to us by a Pastor in Pallisa District who was connected to Pastor Sam, who is Pastor Isaac’s son. Victor’s favorite sport is football (soccer). He enjoys learning math in school and says that when he grows up he wants to be a teacher so he can help kids learn. Suggested Sponsorship: $99/mo Sponsorship Levels: $29, $49, $99 Sponsorship Status: Not sponsored Sponsor...read more