Welcome to Abaana Uganda
Welcome to Abaana Ministries Uganda Limited (AMUL). Below you will find a brief summary of our work. Abaana UK is the main funding arm of Abaana, and here in AMUL we are very grateful to all the sponsors and donors who play such a vital role in our work of reaching out to vulnerable children and communities.
The highlight for the past few months has been the preparation of the Abaana New Life Choir to travel to the UK for their tour beginning the start of February. The children were engaged in rehearsals every day during their third term in St Juliana boarding school, where they studied together instead of returning to their various schools in different locations. They then returned to the Guesthouse for intense training in December and January, and during the time, received the wonderful news of approval of British and Irish visas. Recording was also carried out for the New Life Choir CD which will be sold as part of the merchandise for the tour. The preparations culminated in a send off concert on 27th January, when the children’s parents, teachers and well wishers came to witness the children’s talents, as well as to participate in praying for the children. The excitement built until finally on 29th January they successfully flew out of Entebbe and landed in Belfast. We thank God for His faithfulness in every way throughout this project, and pray that the choir will have a wonderful experience ministering in UK and Ireland. 150 new children will hopefully get a new sponsor in early 2017, due to the choir project.
The New Life Home boys enjoyed attending Scripture Union camps in December, where they learned many new things regarding sexual purity and Godliness, and had the opportunity to interact with very many people, which built their esteem and social skills. The majority of children then went home to visit with their families during the long school holidays, though 4 were unable to travel to their families for various reasons. A Christmas party was held at the Homes before the boys departed and a great celebration was had, with the boys being very excited to receive gifts and share a cake.
A number of older boys who have passed through New Life Homes were supported in their small businesses as they were prepared to live independently, outside of the care of Abaana. These boys had finished various vocational courses and are striving to provide for their own needs. It was encouraging to see some had already started businesses that were doing well and making them economically self–sufficient. Abaana assisted with a small injection of capital to boost the businesses of 5 boys, as well as encouraging them to manage them well, and to make good life choices.
A value Abaana loves in instil is the need for care for others, and be concerned about those in n eed or trouble. It was a blessing to see the children in Buyobe take great care to help treat their fellow pupils who were afflicted with jiggers (a creature which buries in a foot and causes discomfort). Other children in other schools did their part in charity activities as they participated in cleaning up village centres, clearing wells, picking rubbish, and planting trees, as well as cleaning the homes of some elderly people who were unable to manage themselves. It was a joy to see the children delight in serving others.
Abaana Ministries Uganda Limited (AMUL) is a registered NGO in Uganda, number S.5914/7949
An Africa where every child has their needs met, their rights upheld and their dreams fulfilled.
Abaana Ministries is a Christian charity organisation in Uganda that works with communities to address the educational, physical, spiritual, and psycho–social needs of vulnerable children so their hope is restored and lives are transformed.
Abaana Uganda currently runs the following projects:
New Life Homes – a place where a maximum of 40 boys, who were formerly on the streets, receive Christian care and counsel, as well as having their physical needs such as food and clothing met, as they receive Primary, Secondary and tertiary education. Boys are reconciled to their families as soon as possible and the ultimate aim is that each boy would have a safe and healthy long term home situation.
Sponsorship – Abaana provides sponsorship to over 1000 children who would otherwise not be able to attend school, in 12 schools situated in various districts – Busia, Amuru (near Gulu), Mukono, Kampala Mayuge, Kayunga, Ngora, and Pallisa. Fees are provided, as well as basics such as uniform and scholastic materials. Abaana staff regularly visit the schools to ensure that the children are getting the relevant support and help with special needs such as medical cases where possible.
Education and School Support – additionally to sponsorship, Abaana provides support through partnerships in 13 different primary schools, primarily through helping with building projects so that the infrastructure is in place for each school to effectively provide education in the community. Abaana also desires to build capacity in the schools through training teachers, providing resources such as text books and linking schools together to learn from each other, in order to help them run more effectively.
Teams – Abaana Uganda provides opportunities for people to come on short term teams to Uganda, to engage in activities such as building, painting and children’s work. Please refer to the main Abaana UK website pages if you are based outside of Uganda and interested in joining the work on such a team.
Abaana also works with other organisations in a variety of ways, mainly through Street Children Outreach activities and also being a conduit for support for other projects. Through this, Abaana plays a role in supporting many more vulnerable children. We are always interested in establishing new partnerships with like minded organisations to share resources and network more effectively.
We are based in Kito village, Kira Town Council. From Kira town council, take the tarmac road at Kira Primary School (there are many signposts, including one for Abaana Guesthouse and Office) and continue for around 1 1/2 kilometres. At the first (small) crossroads, at a large signpost for Abaana Guesthouse and Office, take a right (the road is called Kagimu Close). Take the next right and the Abaana office gate is straight ahead.
AMUL has a Guesthouse which is used primarily by our visiting teams and volunteers, but which is open for anyone who would like a quiet, homely, peaceful place to stay, with delicious continental and local dishes. We also welcome other organisations or companies who would like to run conferences or workshops in a serene environment, with a large meeting, sheltered veranda, and large garden available for various group activities. Please contact us for more information.
Please call 0312–266076, or the Programme Manager Wanjala on 0772–788574, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
AMUL has 4 Directors, Scott Baxter (the Abaana founder), Jackie Kyomugisha Zimwanguyiza, Emmanuel Muwazi, and Eric Settuba. The Directors provide direction, accountability and oversight to the operations of Abaana Ministries Uganda.