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Ministry Highlight: Uganda
Posted By Web Team On February 17, 2012 @ 3:41 am In Country Staff | 5 Comments
We began our ministry in Uganda in 1980 with the Child Sponsorship Program. In 1999, we started the Leadership Development Program, and the Child Survival Program followed in 2006.
We are privileged to have had many new programs and innovations begin in Uganda. For example, the second Alumni Association was started here and the Child Survival Program was piloted here. In addition, we celebrated the 1000th Leadership Development Program graduate in 2009.
Our country director in Uganda is Herbert Turyatunga. Herbert started with the ministry as a program facilitator in 1999. He became country director in 2010. Prior to joining us, he worked as a salesman in a soft drink bottling company.
Herbert has a passion to equip young leaders. His dream is to start a leadership resource center to equip young men and women in Africa to solve the leadership problem in the continent. He believes that once the leadership problem has been addressed, poverty will be resolved as well.
Herbert holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Makerere University in Kampala, a master’s degree in child development from Daystar University in Nairobi, and a higher diploma in marketing from Makerere University Business School.
Implementing Church Partners
Implementing Church Partners are local churches in Uganda with whom we work to deliver child development programs and frontline ministry in the field.
They also provide monetary contributions, labor, knowledge and experience, and their solid reputation in the community.
Child Survival Program
We utilize the Functional Adult Literacy curriculum which covers topics such as basic hygiene, income-generating skills, simple math, reading, writing, simple accounting and bookkeeping skills.
Some of the skills we offer include bead making, soap making, baking, catering, hair dressing, shop keeping, agriculture, animal rearing, mushroom growing, bee keeping, poultry farming and tailoring. The frequency of the trainings varies between Child Survival Programs.
Some Implementing Church Partners are able to negotiate reduced rates for health services, and some are able to negotiate payment plans or delayed payment for services. The Implementing Church Partner covers the costs of medical services and then requests reimbursement from the country office.
We pay for all medical expenses incurred by the caregivers and children in the Child Survival Program. There are a few services that are provided free of charge at the government health centers, such as immunizations, de-worming and vitamin-A supplements.
As they receive support, the Implementing Church Partners also help caregivers develop a sustainability plan, such as developing land to grow food or learning an income-generating skill so that if they continue to need nutritional supplements at the end of the six months, they will be able to afford them.
We train all caregivers on infant feeding practices, food preparation, balanced diets, fruit and vegetable gardening, modern farming methods, animal rearing and income-generating skills. The caregivers use these skills to earn money and buy nutritious food for their family.
We hold Spouse’s Day and recognize the fathers who attend group activities as well as have a celebration of fathers.
For the caregivers, we hold classes where they can develop a plan utilizing their income-generating skills as well as discuss ways to improve their livelihood and their role in caring for their children.
Child Development Through Sponsorship
Your sponsorship of a child in Uganda provides a variety of benefits.
Many children ages 12 and older attend boarding school and are away from home for 3 months at a time. In this case, each Implementing Church Partner has the freedom to organize a “catch-up” program that meets the needs of these children. For example, they might meet 3 days a week, 8 hours a day during their school holiday. Regardless of the schedule, each Implementing Church Partner should offer 48 weeks of program activities.
Children who have special nutritional requirements receive three to six months of nutritional therapy, meaning that their caregivers are taught how to prepare certain foods at home with ingredients provided by the child development center.
We provide regular meals for the children at the center because some do not have nutritional meals at home; in fact, some do not have meals at all. Plus, the children are at the development center for eight hours at a time, so they need to be fed.
It is the responsibility of the parents to ensure their children are receiving the proper vaccinations. The Implementing Church Partners support the government’s effort to educate parents about the importance of vaccine programs.
We offer these skills to give the students opportunities to generate income — especially for those who do not finish high school. The skills offered to these adolescents have been relevant to the Ugandan culture for some time; however, skills such as radio and computer repair are beginning to be more marketable.
At this time, the students are learning skills only at a basic level, because there is not enough funding to offer certification.
Voluntary counseling and testing and HIV training are done when a child development center is started and later on if needed.
Leadership Development Program
Some examples of service activities include cleaning the residence halls or washing dishes at their universities, teaching Sunday school at their child development center, and holding work camps where they build churches in their communities.
Compassion’s core Child Sponsorship Program, while comprehensive, cannot address all obstacles to a child’s healthy development. Compassion’s Complementary Interventions program works in harmony with the holistic child development model to provide additional services as needed, such as the AIDS Initiative, Bibles for All Children, disaster relief and water projects.
Typical Complementary Interventions in Uganda include:
They are also given insecticide-treated mosquito nets.
Additionally, several child development centers received support for ventilated improved pit latrines.
The plan is for caregivers to get improved seeds and share the seeds with others after the harvest.
Highly Vulnerable Children
Our primary Highly Vulnerable Children need is providing a home for the children who are homeless. There are also children living in child-headed homes who are in need of appropriate shelter and in need of school fees. We are addressing these needs through foster care, income-generating activities, shelter interventions, livelihood skills development and food security.
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