“They [Amani Ya Zion] said we were blessed to have this chance,” adds Sylvia, who works for a telecoms company, and lives in Kampala with her husband, Alex, and their toddler, Lenz.
The Guardian has learned that Amani Ya Zion was registered as a retail business, run by Canadian Ross Duncalfe and his Ugandan wife, Angella Duncalfe (nee Nakalema).
On Facebook Amani Ya Zion is described as a community organisation and contains photos of children, fundraising events and comments from Duncalfe encouraging friends to visit the children.
That year saw a record 276 adoptions from Uganda to the US – the highest number in records dating back to 1999.
Amani Ya Zion paid for one term of school fees for Success.