Watoto Child Care Ministries

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Watoto is a family made of people from all over the world who are working together to ensure that the forgotten have a place to belong.

Watoto brings hope and healing to vulnerable women and children in Uganda and South Sudan.

We rescue and raise children in a loving family and empower vulnerable women, so together, they can become leaders who impact their communities and rebuild their nation. Our prayer is that we give each woman and child a chance at a better future-a future full of promise.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Watoto US Office
13617 N. Florida Avenue
Tampa, FL 33613

Website: watoto.com

Phone: 813-948-4343

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 593445250

CEO/President: Eugene Stutzman (US Executive Director)

Chairman: Julius Rwotlonyo

Board size: 10

Founder: Gary and Marilyn Skinner

Ruling year: 2004

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2012


In over 35 years, the challenges facing Africa have changed, but our vision remains the same. We are a local church committed to celebrating Christ and caring for community.

Watoto Villages - A Watoto village is a safe place where orphaned and vulnerable children can truly experience the love of a family. Our villages provide homes, families and holistic care to over 3,000 children who receive everything they need to grow up healthy and whole-food, clothing, medical care, education and most of all the love of a mother.

Baby Watoto - Rescuing orphaned and abandoned babies, giving them a bright future.

Watoto Neighborhood - Returning dignity to Africa's greatest resource, her women. Many women throughout Africa are left to bear the brunt of war, disease and poverty. We embrace these women with love and empower them with skills so they can be mothers to their children and leaders in their community.

Keep a Girl in School - Every girl matters and every girl has a right to stay in school. Many girls in Africa drop out simply because they can't afford feminine hygiene products. Together, we're changing this by coming alongside local schools to provide sanitary pads and help keep girls educated so they have the opportunity to fulfill their potential.

Watoto Church - Watoto is a local church that celebrates Christ and cares for community. At Watoto Church we've seen the love of Jesus Christ in action, transforming thousands of lives. It's this love that compels us to embrace those hurting in our world.

Watoto Children's Choir - a vibrant worship experience that brings healing all over the world.

Mission statement

Watoto brings hope and healing to vulnerable women and children in Uganda and South Sudan. We aim at the pain in our communities and invite you to join us.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating194 of 111227 of 146
Fund acquisition rating327 of 111350 of 146
Resource allocation rating193 of 111326 of 146
Asset utilization rating503 of 111257 of 146

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$246,591$237,814$289,622$287,897$454,902
Short-term investments$463,884$331,062$334,813$270,711$248,313
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$3,354,206$3,332,947$2,316,380$2,094,793$2,274,393
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$1,163,245$1,219,405$1,277,220$1,369,749$1,409,781
Other long-term assets$10,121$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$1,173,366$1,219,405$1,277,220$1,369,749$1,409,781
Total assets$4,527,572$4,552,352$3,593,600$3,464,542$3,684,174
Payables and accrued expenses$5,276$46,553$19,475$89,885$96,482
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$5,276$46,553$19,475$89,885$96,482
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$310,259$324,271$600,099$444,165$498,826
Total liabilities$315,535$370,824$619,574$534,050$595,308
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$2,062,182$2,200,186$2,016,424$2,190,753$2,103,537
With donor restrictions$2,149,855$1,981,342$957,602$739,739$985,329
Net assets$4,212,037$4,181,528$2,974,026$2,930,492$3,088,866
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Total contributions$7,062,282$8,115,123$7,050,819$7,472,184$8,126,667
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$31,160$29,320$7,408$3,979$1,417
Other revenue$3,797$413$38,492$270,496$275,064
Total other revenue$34,957$29,733$45,900$274,475$276,481
Total revenue$7,097,239$8,144,856$7,096,719$7,746,659$8,403,148
Program services$6,364,813$6,355,412$6,486,865$7,361,073$7,343,113
Management and general$375,967$381,230$364,490$379,470$430,456
Total expenses$6,999,551$6,933,183$7,067,428$7,921,286$7,985,067
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$97,688$1,211,673$29,291($174,627)$418,081
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$97,688$1,211,673$29,291($174,627)$418,081


Brent SmithDirector of Development$148,723
Eugene StutzmanChief Executive Officer$105,954
Valerie KingChief Financial Officer$75,229

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2022

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 2/16/2024. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


In 1984, during a time of civil war, we planted a local church in Kampala, Uganda to speak hope and life to the nation. Since then, we've rescued orphaned and abandoned children, placing them in loving families. And we've come alongside vulnerable women, equipping them with skills and empowering them to be the mothers and leaders God has called them to be.

To help our hurting neighbours, we also expanded our reach into South Sudan-embracing our sisters and brothers with the love of Jesus, and helping meet their most critical needs.

In the 1980s, Uganda was a broken place in the midst of a civil war. Watoto was launched to bring healing to its people, and help rebuild the nation. We started as a local church to share the love of Jesus. In over 35 years, we have been meeting the greatest needs, wherever we find them.

1984 - Gary and Marilyn Skinner planted Watoto Church in Kampala, Uganda.

1988 - Gary Skinner heard God whisper about the orphan crisis as a result of AIDS.

1994 - The first orphan child was rescued. The Watoto Children's Choir was birthed and began their first tour.

1995 - The first home was built at a temporary location-Olive Gardens, Kampala.

1996 - The first Watoto village was built and named Buloba. This village has since been repurposed and now provides housing for our retired Watoto mothers.

1998 - The first home was built in the second Watoto village, named Bbira.

2003 - The first home was built in the third Watoto village, named Suubi.

2007 - Baby Watoto was started to meet the specialized needs of children rescued between the ages 0-2 years old.

2008 - We launched Living Hope, which is now called Watoto Neighbourhood, to equip vulnerable women to care for themselves and their families.

2009 - Project Gulu was started in response to the 25-year civil war caused by the insurgence of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). The first home was built in the fourth Watoto village, named Laminadera. Baby Watoto Gulu was built.

2010 - In order to raise awareness about the child soldier crisis in northern Uganda, we created a production called "Restore Tour: Child Soldier No More", sharing the testimonies of children who were rescued. Baby Watoto Suubi was built.

2012 - We launched Watoto Church in Juba, South Sudan. As part of our efforts to meet the greatest needs in our communities, we started our Keep a Girl in School initiative in Gulu, Uganda.

2016 - We scaled up our efforts to empower vulnerable women through Watoto Neighbourhood, including assisting with their children's education.

2018 - We began our community care initiatives in Juba, launching Watoto Neighbourhood and Keep a Girl in School.

2019 - We celebrated 25 years of traveling the world, and sharing the story of God's healing and hope through our Watoto Children's Choir.

Program accomplishments

Our villages provide homes, families and holistic care to over 3,000 children who receive everything they need to grow up healthy and whole-food, clothing, medical care, education and most of all the love of a mother.


Areas of Need:

For many girls in Africa, education isn't just important for a brighter future, it's critical to their survival. Yet, girls often drop out of school simply because they can't afford feminine hygiene products. Together, we can change this. With your help we can keep girls in school, educated and empowered.

Education is vital to raising future leaders, and our teachers go above and beyond to love, train and educate over 3,000 students. Your donation will help us equip our children with necessary school supplies and textbooks. It will also help meet additional educational needs for our classrooms and libraries.

Our medical team plays a key role in ensuring we provide holistic care to all our babies, children and mothers. Your donation will help us treat medical issues, and also provide much needed preventative measures such as immunizations, mosquito nets and nutrition and hygiene education.

With three busy villages, full of families, we're working towards self-sustainability. Our Watoto farms provide fresh vegetables and eggs for our villages, and goats milk for Baby Watoto. By donating, you're helping us provide wholesome food for our mothers and children.