Marilyn Skinner is the vibrant and energetic wife of Gary Skinner and together they give leadership to Watoto Church, a Community Church in Kampala Uganda with over 20,000 people gathering each week to celebrate the life and hope they’ve found in Jesus Christ.
Marilyn and her husband Gary founded “Watoto Childcare Ministries”, an International Organization in 1994 in response to the plight of Africa’s millions of children orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS. Currently they are caring for over 2,500 Ugandan children in children’s villages where every child is raised in a family setting rather than an institution. Their vision is that these children will be raised to become future leaders of Uganda.
More than 2,100 women have experienced an improved quality of life through Living Hope which Marilyn founded in 2008. Many of the women have been victims of human trafficking, abducted from their homes as little girls and distributed amongst rebel soldiers as sex slaves. The comprehensive psychosocial support these women receive has given them purpose, dignity, and a future.
Drawing from her deep and tested faith, Marilyn is a passionate speaker, encouraging women all around the world to stand up against inhumane practices such as human trafficking, child soldiers, HIV/AIDS stigmatization and all forms of injustice. Through her inspiration women from all walks of life and faith are mobilized to work together to make this world a better place.
Canadian born, Marilyn has lived in Kampala, Uganda for 30 years with the love of her life, husband Gary. She is the mother of three children and grandmother of four.