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 2022 has started with a lot of hope, as finally schools have reopened for all pupils, a huge step forward since school closure began in late March 2020. It is challenging for many schools as teachers have left the profession and a lot of resources are needed to re–start, but there is overall a great sense of relief that finally education is possible again in the school setting. Atukubui school which was built during 2021 is most excited to be opening its doors for the new academic year.
Abaana staff have been working hard over the lockdown period to keep children engaged with studying through distribution of workbooks, textbooks and home tutoring for some. However, it has been challenging for many sponsored children, many of whom have struggled to study at home due to lack of parents’ literacy, no electricity or other resources, and the fact that they have been engaged in other things like gardening, housework and petty jobs. Effort was made to ensure that all children were visited at home during the last quarter of the year, to encourage families to persist in education. Continuous mobilisation will be done to motivate some children who have become apathetic towards education after the long closure. Older students who feel they are getting beyond school years will divert to apprenticeships or vocational training, so at least they have a skill to earn an income in future.
All sponsored children received a Christmas gift package, to their great delight. This included a board game, sweets, a bucket, rice and beans for the family, and a school bag. The children had previously in the year received saucepans and a blanket as a ‘child gift’ to support the family during lockdown during the time school fees couldn’t be paid. This continuous effort to enrich the child holistically has been appreciated by all stakeholders.
Families of the children who travelled overseas with the New Life Choir in 2017 and 2019 received a boost of income as capital support or otherwise to help them manage their home. One mother, to a girl called ‘H’, was so grateful for the help offered.
When she was visited, one of the problems H’s mother shared was having was not having any source of income. H, her sister and her mum stay with a well–wisher. H’s mum said, “I feel bad being housed by somebody, and I can’t even buy a piece of soap or salt to support the home. I have tried casual work here and there, like washing people’s clothes, but this is not forthcoming because of COVID. I just sit home the whole day.” The Abaana social worker discussed options with her, and she felt she could sell fruits at a market stall. With good fortune, shortly after, she found someone who was selling her old fruit outlet and could hand over the place of work to H’s mum. With the money required paid, she started work immediately and is so thankful to be earning whatever little income she can.
The New Life Homes boys benefited from various special sessions run by specialist partner agencies related to their spiritual and emotional well–being. At the New Life Homes, children were taught about the ‘umbrella of care’ and how there were people in their lives to whom they could reach out. They were also taught about forgiveness and how important this is.
One boy noted, “I attended all the counselling sessions. I was so challenged with the forgiveness topics. My mother took me to the city and left me there to look for my father when I was seven years. When I failed to get my father, I lost the way home and that was how I ended on the streets and lived on the streets for seven years. This made me to develop hatred towards my mother because she sent me away to the streets. I had promised never to forgive my mother, but after the sessions of forgiveness, I realized that I have to let go my bitterness and forgive her. Uncle Oscar (Counsellor) told us that forgiveness is possible with God’s help so I started to pray for God to help me and after three weeks, I talked to my mother and told her I forgave her.”
Older boys also received career guidance training and input to help them in decision–making as they progress through senior and tertiary education, and this has helped them have focus and hope for the future.
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.