Set Free Ministries Takes in Disabled Children in East Africa who Are Often Chained Up or Left to Die

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East Africa (MNN) — In East Africa, children with disabilities or mental health conditions are often severely mistreated. Parents don’t always know what to do with their disabled kids and even see them as curses or bad omens. So these children are often locked away or chained up. They are malnourished, abused, and cut off from the rest of society.

Dean VanderMey with Set Free Ministries says sometimes these disabled children are cast out and left to die, even as infants.

“They actually put them in the jungle and they let the wild dogs come and eat them at times. So it’s even worse than you might think. Sometimes they’re not just chained to a pole.”

Set Free has been working in East Africa since 2005. They were first invited to Uganda, then expanded to other countries in the region.

VanderMey says it was heartbreaking to see children who were cast out by their families. They knew they had to respond as a ministry.

Today, Set Free has founded or supported 17 Christian schools in Uganda, Kenya, and Sudan. Students of all abilities are welcome to attend the schools and are shown Christ’s love. Set Free also supports En-Gedi Children’s Home in Kenya for disabled children.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh


  • Pray for kids in East Africa with disabilities and mental health conditions, that others would embrace them and they would know Jesus’s love.
  • Ask God to bless the schools and children’s home supported by Set Free, that they can reach more children with the Gospel.
  • Pray for the health and safety of Set Free’s staff as they travel to and from East Africa.