Watoto Child Care Ministries

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Summary

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: Gary Skinner

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


Purpose

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.


Statement of faith

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Transparency grade

A

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating114 of 102216 of 128
Fund acquisition rating239 of 102534 of 128
Resource allocation rating186 of 102516 of 128
Asset utilization rating325 of 102238 of 128

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20212020201920182017
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
4%2%3%2%3%3%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
4%2%3%2%3%3%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
98%100%99%96%97%95%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
5%3%3%2%3%3%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
2%0%1%4%3%5%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20212020201920182017
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
84%92%92%93%92%92%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
92%85%100%102%95%96%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
76%78%91%95%87%88%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
8%15%0%-2%5%4%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
11%29%1%-6%14%12%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%5%5%5%5%5%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20212020201920182017
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.131.521.972.292.172.05
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.271.371.551.651.621.54
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.632.083.053.783.513.16
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20212020201920182017
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
21.0271.59118.9423.3123.5717.72
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.040.010.010.040.040.06
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
6.795.693.903.043.273.59
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20212020201920182017
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
8%8%17%15%16%20%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%7%17%13%14%17%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
79%60%42%37%39%39%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20212020201920182017
Cash$2,764,071$1,691,945$1,536,185$1,571,178$1,363,616
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$237,814$289,622$287,897$454,902$422,343
Short-term investments$331,062$334,813$270,711$248,313$401,831
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$3,332,947$2,316,380$2,094,793$2,274,393$2,187,790
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$1,219,405$1,277,220$1,369,749$1,409,781$1,172,393
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$1,219,405$1,277,220$1,369,749$1,409,781$1,172,393
Total assets$4,552,352$3,593,600$3,464,542$3,684,174$3,360,183
 
Liabilities20212020201920182017
Payables and accrued expenses$46,553$19,475$89,885$96,482$123,474
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$46,553$19,475$89,885$96,482$123,474
Debt$324,271$600,099$444,165$498,826$559,053
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$324,271$600,099$444,165$498,826$559,053
Total liabilities$370,824$619,574$534,050$595,308$682,527
 
Net assets20212020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$2,200,186$2,016,424$2,190,753$2,103,537$2,026,524
With donor restrictions$1,981,342$957,602$739,739$985,329$651,132
Net assets$4,181,528$2,974,026$2,930,492$3,088,866$2,677,656
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20212020201920182017
Total contributions$8,115,123$7,050,819$7,472,184$8,126,667$6,856,969
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$29,320$7,408$3,979$1,417$42,649
Other revenue$413$38,492$270,496$275,064$328,110
Total other revenue$29,733$45,900$274,475$276,481$370,759
Total revenue$8,144,856$7,096,719$7,746,659$8,403,148$7,227,728
 
Expenses20212020201920182017
Program services$6,355,412$6,486,865$7,361,073$7,343,113$6,374,717
Management and general$381,230$364,490$379,470$430,456$345,884
Fundraising$196,541$216,073$180,743$211,498$182,348
Total expenses$6,933,183$7,067,428$7,921,286$7,985,067$6,902,949
 
Change in net assets20212020201920182017
Surplus (deficit)$1,211,673$29,291($174,627)$418,081$324,779
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,211,673$29,291($174,627)$418,081$324,779

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Brent SmithDirector of Development$124,737
William DanielsCreative Director$114,559
Eugene StutzmanChief Executive Officer$97,772
Valerie KingChief Financial Officer$74,808

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2020


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History

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.


Needs

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.