Welcome to Abaana Ministries Uganda Limited (AMUL)! Here in Uganda, 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. Abaana Ministries Uganda is a local registered non–profit organisation which is playing a role alongside the Government and other development agencies in addressing issues related to poverty, primarily through supporting street–connected children and promoting access to education. Abaana (meaning ‘children’ in Luganda) believes in emphasising holistic care for each child, within the context of the child’s family and community. Abaana Uganda’s head office is in Kito, Wakiso district, and works in 8 other districts, and partners with many other agencies and Government offices in its interventions.
· Abaana Ministries is a registered NFO – FORR79492485NB
· Permit number (23rd July 2019 valid for 5 years) – FORP74092485NB
· Company limited by guarantee number 98523
The year 2020 came to an end none too soon for many people, but at Abaana we were blessed that we were able to make the Christmas and New Year season a time to celebrate, despite the many challenges still being faced. A Christmas hamper consisting of basic and luxury food items, soap, masks, a basin, a watch, and a sweater was given to each sponsored child’s family in a mass distribution exercise with quite extraordinary logistics, as the items firstly needed to be delivered to the Abaana premises before being sent out on large trucks to various school premises for parents to come and pick – and 4,000 kilos each of beans and rice takes up a lot of space! Everything went well, and the gratitude displayed made all the hard work and effort worthwhile. Earlier in the year, each child also received a mattress and 2 mosquito nets, to make their sleeping conditions a little more comfortable.
At the New Life Homes, residential boys were able to benefit from other special activities like skills training in soap making, counselling, and phonics lessons and the boys also enjoyed a Christmas party with special food. Candidates who were able to return to school in October went home to be with their families for a short holiday.
Now 2021 has started, there is a lot of uncertainty still in many spheres of society, not least with Uganda in a presidential election season. It remains to be seen whether schools will reopen for all classes, or just for candidates, and when this will be. At Abaana, we are starting the year trying to plan for different scenarios as we pray for God’s direction, as we also lift up the Uganda Government in prayer so they are also guided in the critical decisions that need to be made related to the on–going management of the pandemic.
A Christmas Hamper for the Sponsored Children:
New Life Homes Christmas Party:
Mattress Delivery to Every Child:
Food Being Distributed:
Our boys at the New Life Homes making masks
Summary of projects / locations of work
Abaana Uganda currently runs the following projects:
New Life Homes – New Life Homes is a licenced temporary Children’s Home in Uganda for street–connected children to receive Christian care and counsel, as well as having their physical needs such as food and clothing met. 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. Each boy that is registered receives on–going sponsorship support in their Primary, Secondary and tertiary education.
Sponsorship – Abaana provides sponsorship to over 1600 children who would otherwise not be able to attend or complete school. Fees are provided, as well as the provision of basics such as uniform and scholastic materials. Special projects such as the distribution of sanitary pads as well as Christian teaching, including access to a Scripture Union / CEF camp, are part of interventions so that each sponsored child is helped holistically. Abaana staff regularly visit the schools to ensure that the children are getting relevant support and help with special needs such as medical cases where possible.
Education and School Support – Additional to sponsorship, Abaana provides support through partnerships in 15 different primary schools, in various districts – Busia, Amuru, Mukono, Kampala, Mayuge, Kayunga, Ngora, and Pallisa. Abaana does this 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 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 – you are most welcome.
Partnerships – 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 that are part of other agencies. We are always interested in establishing new partnerships with like–minded organisations to share resources and network more effectively. Abaana is a member of CRANE (Children at Risk Action Network) and the national NGO forum, as well as registered with each district in which it operates.
Choir – Abaana has sent 2 children’s choirs to UK and Ireland, in 2017 and 2019, with plans to send a third in 2021. The 4–month tours showcase the work Abaana does in low–income communities and gives an opportunity for current and potential sponsors to connect with Uganda through song, dance and testimony.
Our Physical Address – Abaana Ministries Uganda is 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 1.5 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.
Abaana Ministries Uganda 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 meeting room, sheltered veranda, and large garden available for various group activities. Please contact us for more information.
Phone and email contacts
To get in touch, please feel free to contact us using the information below.
List of Directors
Abaana Ministries Uganda has 6 Company Directors: Mr Eric Settuba (Chairperson); Mr Scott Baxter (the Abaana founder); Mrs Edith Kateme–Kasajja (Vice–Chairperson); Mr Sam Tukei; Mrs Monica Mpairwe and Mr Stephen Kaheru. The Directors provide direction, accountability and oversight to the operations of Abaana Ministries Uganda.