Georgia Manthey is working hard to return to her work with abandoned babies in Uganda.
Georgia Manthey is working hard to return to her work with abandoned babies in Uganda. Renee Pilcher

On a mission to care for Africa's kids

GEORGIANNA Manthey left her heart in an East African childcare centre she worked at for three months last year.

Now she longs to return to the abandoned babies she helped care for and came to love.

The 20-year-old Gympie woman plans to return to Uganda at the end of the year and, while she has been working hard to earn enough money to support herself while in Africa, she is hoping Gympie residents will support her latest fundraiser.

"I am working two jobs in my best efforts to raise funds, but I can't do it by myself," she said this week.

To help raise more funds, Georgianna is holding a silent auction of a painting by local artist Lyne Johnson, of RoseArt, at Optus at Centro Gympie.

Bidding for the 40cm x 30cm painting, titled Paper Daisies, will finish on November 30.

"I went through many challenges on my journey (in Uganda) such as political unrest during an election, riots, bomb threats and sadly even the death of a little boy whom I loved dearly," Georgianna said.

"For many people, this may be very off-putting, and they may never return.

"However, since I have returned to Australia, my heart has only been stirred and my passion for this ministry has only increased. I left part of my heart in Uganda and I long to return to continue loving these children and helping them find hope in what appears to be a hopeless world."

Georgianna Manthey with one of her charges, Cooper, at the Baby Watoto childcare ministry for abandoned babies.
Georgianna Manthey with one of her charges, Cooper, at the Baby Watoto childcare ministry for abandoned babies.

Her cost of living in Uganda is about $13,000 a year, or about $250 a week.

"This covers safe accommodation (i.e. with guards) food, transport, any medical issues that arise, and also a fulfilled dream of a young Australian girl wanting to make a difference," she said.

"I am not necessarily looking for people who have enough money to spare but people who want to be involved in missions, however could never see themselves in my shoes, or people who have always wanted to take that trip to Africa but haven't been able to.

"I am ready to serve in a country that I love and am really excited about the future, not only for myself but especially for the babies and children who benefit from the work I will be doing."

For more information, phone Georgianna on 0412 868 487 or gmant2@hotmail.com.

To learn more about Baby Watoto go to watoto.com/babywatoto.