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Our History

 

Esther meets Alex, Steven, and Moses

If you ask our founder, Esther Taylor, when the vision for Samaritan’s Hand began, she can tell you the exact date: October 9th, 2007. On that day, she met Alex, Steven, and Moses, precious little boys who were severely malnourished.

In addition to being malnourished, the boys had malaria. Their mother had no resources. Moses was the most critically ill, and was close to death when Esther met him.

Esther’s response was to postpone her trip home. She had come to Uganda on vacation, but now she had a mission: to save these little boys.

Esther stayed in Uganda until the boys were healed and out of danger. Her heart has been there ever since. Esther will never stop loving at-risk children in Uganda.

 

 

Esther finds a school

In the same village, Esther found a school that had 100 children packed into a classroom that only measured 12 feet by 12 feet. It was just a temporary shack made of papyrus reeds, attached to the back of a mud church.

The classroom had no desks, benches or other furniture. The children sat cramped together on the floor. None of the children had books or supplies. The school only had four pencils which all the children shared.

Esther responded in the simplest way. She gave each child a pencil.

The response was unexpected. Not only were the children overjoyed, the adults in the village noticed. They reasoned that if children in Esther’s school had their own pencils, it must be a good school. Enrollment increased immediately.

Through the years, Esther has made improvements to the school, and with each improvement more children enroll. Today there are over 300 students.

 

 

Meet Esther Taylor

Our founder, Esther Taylor, has always loved children. And who couldn’t love Alex, Steven and Moses?

At the time they were severely malnourished, stricken with malaria and near death. Esther used her personal resources to bring them back to health.

From that time on, Esther has been on a mission to touch and change young lives in Uganda.

Esther’s love affair with the children on Uganda began earlier when the Lord brought a son into her life. Like Hannah in the Bible, Esther had prayed for a son. The prayer remained unanswered for many years until one rainy night people heard a baby crying on the doorstep of their church. It was a baby boy that had been abandoned with a note attached, “Take good care of him.” The church notified Esther who immediately adopted him and gave him the name Samuel.

Esther herself was born and raised in Uganda. She came to the United States in 1986 and settled in the San Diego area where she lives with her husband Melvin.

For the last 20 years she has worked as a social worker in San Diego County focusing, of course, on the needs of children. She uses her vacation time and personal resources to advance her passion: helping impoverished children and their families in Uganda.

 

 

Our Mission Statement

Our purpose is to benefit, nurture, and empower families that are in deep despair. This includes orphans, widows, outcast, those hurting and broken. We provide food, clothing, medical care, education and safe housing.

Inspired by Mathew 25: 35-36
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.

Moses when Esther met him.

Moses 6 months later.

School children holding their pencils. Please note the tiny papyrus shack behind the mud church.

Esther with her children. From left to right they are Samuel, Alex, Steven and Moses.

Our History

 

Esther meets Alex, Steven, and Moses

If you ask our founder, Esther Taylor, when the vision for Samaritan’s Hand began, she can tell you the exact date: October 9th, 2007. On that day, she met Alex, Steven, and Moses, precious little boys who were severely malnourished.

In addition to being malnourished, the boys had malaria. Their mother had no resources. Moses was the most critically ill, and was close to death when Esther met him.

Esther’s response was to postpone her trip home. She had come to Uganda on vacation, but now she had a mission: to save these little boys.

Esther stayed in Uganda until the boys were healed and out of danger. Her heart has been there ever since. Esther will never stop loving at-risk children in Uganda.

Moses when Esther met him.

Moses 6 months later.

Esther finds a school

In the same village, Esther found a school that had 100 children packed into a classroom that only measured 12 feet by 12 feet. It was just a temporary shack made of papyrus reeds, attached to the back of a mud church.

The classroom had no desks, benches or other furniture. The children sat cramped together on the floor. None of the children had books or supplies. The school only had four pencils which all the children shared.

Esther responded in the simplest way. She gave each child a pencil.

The response was unexpected. Not only were the children overjoyed, the adults in the village noticed. They reasoned that if children in Esther’s school had their own pencils, it must be a good school. Enrollment increased immediately.

Through the years, Esther has made improvements to the school, and with each improvement more children enroll. Today there are over 300 students.

School children holding their pencils. Please note the tiny papyrus shack behind the mud church.

Meet Esther Taylor

Our founder, Esther Taylor, has always loved children. And who couldn’t love Alex, Steven and Moses?

At the time they were severely malnourished, stricken with malaria and near death. Esther used her personal resources to bring them back to health.

From that time on, Esther has been on a mission to touch and change young lives in Uganda.

Esther’s love affair with the children on Uganda began earlier when the Lord brought a son into her life. Like Hannah in the Bible, Esther had prayed for a son. The prayer remained unanswered for many years until one rainy night people heard a baby crying on the doorstep of their church. It was a baby boy that had been abandoned with a note attached, “Take good care of him.” The church notified Esther who immediately adopted him and gave him the name Samuel.

Esther herself was born and raised in Uganda. She came to the United States in 1986 and settled in the San Diego area where she lives with her husband Melvin.

For the last 20 years she has worked as a social worker in San Diego County focusing, of course, on the needs of children. She uses her vacation time and personal resources to advance her passion: helping impoverished children and their families in Uganda.

Esther with her children. From left to right they are Samuel, Alex, Steven and Moses.

Our Mission Statement

Our purpose is to benefit, nurture, and empower families that are in deep despair. This includes orphans, widows, outcast, those hurting and broken. We provide food, clothing, medical care, education and safe housing.

Inspired by Mathew 25: 35-36
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.

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