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Katie Davis: 22-year-old Super Adopter

BY RELEVANT ISSUE 64 / LIFE June 24, 2013

In 2007, Katie Davis went to Uganda for what was supposed to be a one-year mission trip. The idea was to volunteer in an orphanage, then return to the U.S. for college. But her plans took a strange turn, and today, at 22, Davis lives in the village of Jinja, running Amazima—her nonprofit that feeds and educates some 1,800 Ugandan children. And she is the mother of 13 Ugandan girls.

She was teaching in Uganda, but her students kept dropping out when their parents died or they ran out of money for school fees. So Davis gathered enough donations to launch Amazima, which provides hot meals and education for Ugandan students. Today, it pays for the education of 600 students and provides meals for about 1,200 more.

Davis divides her time between administrative work for Amazima and home schooling her 13 children, so she’s tabled any idea of a normal life. “If some crazy dude wants to move to Uganda and wants this many children and God ordains that, then great,” she told USA Today. “But I am happy and content where I am.”

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