In 1990, Sanyu Babies’ Home acquired a plot of land in Mityana District. The plot of land is approximately 25 acres in size. It takes approximately 1 hour to travel from our Sanyu Babies’ Home site in Mengo, Kampala to the farm. We use this land to grow a variety of crops. The main crops we grow are maize, beans, cassava and sweet potato.
Two things happen to the produce that we grow at the farm. The produce is either used at Sanyu or taken to market. At Sanyu, the items are used by the Kitchen – Catering Department and help ensure that our children and staff members eat a healthy and balanced diet. When we have excess produce, we sell it at market and generate an income for Sanyu.
We visit our plot of land regularly to ensure that it is being cared for and the crops are growing well. The farm visits are mainly done by Sanyu’s Accountant and Farm Supervisor and the Sanyu Driver, with the help of any other available staff members and volunteers. As we are not able to visit the farm daily, we have employed a caretaker from the local area who ensures that the land is well cared for and oversees the planting and production of crops. The caretaker is also responsible for hiring workers from the local villages to assist with farm work when necessary.
The Sanyu Craft Shop is located just inside the Sanyu compound at the end of the car park. The Sanyu Craft Shop is one of Sanyu’s projects that provides a small source of income for the home and is run by Evelyn. The Craft Shop is home to many beautiful locally made items that make wonderful gifts and memoirs for you from your trip to Uganda.
The Sanyu Craft Shop also sells lots of useful items for volunteers like colourful kitenge print aprons, volunteer t—shirts, laundry soap, sodas and some small snacks.
All items are priced very reasonably, and any purchase you make will support Sanyu to provide essential care to our beautiful children.
Get in touch if you have any questions!
The Sanyu Guesthouse is just a stone’s throw away from the main Babies’ Home building and has been operating since 1997. The Sanyu Guesthouse is a safe, clean and hospitable environment that welcomes both volunteers and non-volunteering guests from all over the world. The Guesthouse is run by Guesthouse Manager Joel. Joel is responsible for cooking and cleaning for the guests and is often the first person that guests meet upon arrival.
The Sanyu Guesthouse can host up to 14 people at one time, with a mix of twin and single rooms. The Guesthouse is comprised of 3 smaller buildings, each with its own bathroom including a shower/bath and toilet. There are two kitchens, one for Joel and one for volunteers, and two comfortable sitting rooms with a sofa and dining table in each. Each guest is provided with a soft blanket, bed sheets, pillows, a towel and a mosquito net.
Joel cooks a variety of dishes including both local and western food and can cater to different dietary requirements. He cooks dinner every night apart from Sunday. There is a range of breakfast items available for you to make your own breakfast including bread, eggs, tea, coffee, milk and different spreads.
At the back of the guesthouses, you will find washing lines to hang your laundry and also Joel’s garden! Joel grows a variety of fruits and vegetables and you can often find him working there in his spare time. He grows peppers, lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, eggplants and even strawberries – if you are lucky you might even get a taste of his fresh produce in his cooking!
The Sanyu Guesthouse is one of the main sources of income for Sanyu Babies’ Home. So not only will you enjoy a pleasant stay, but you will also be supporting us in providing essential care for our wonderful children.
Please get in touch with us if you have any questions or would like to book a stay – we look forward to meeting you!