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 that plays a role alongside the government and other development agencies in addressing poverty–related issues, primarily through promoting access to education and supporting street–connected children. Abaana (meaning ‘children’ in Luganda) emphasises faith–based, 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, with projects in eight districts, and partners with many other agencies and government offices in its interventions.
· Abaana Ministries is a registered NGO – FORR79492485NB
· Permit number (issued 23rd July 2019, valid for five years) – FORP74092485NB
· Company limited by guarantee number 98523
As the school term and year draws to a close, Abaana is praying for the best for the various sponsored students who are sitting national exams. With concerns about ebola, we also pray that there won’t be a major disruption to the social and educational life that has just stabilised after the COVID–19 season of lockdowns. We were blessed to have a visit from Scott Baxter, the Abaana founder and Abaana UK CEO, in early October and it was good to have him on ground after a hiatus of 2 ½ years. Thank you for your interest in Abaana’s work in Uganda and please read on for the latest special interest stories.
An exciting new project called Zuri began in September through a pilot scheme in three central schools. This involved a 6–week life skills course presented to Primary 6 children in menstrual hygiene, sexual health and making good choices. Girls also learned how to make their own washable pads. The classes have been going on very well, with a notable difference in children’s attitudes and knowledge as the weeks have progressed. After the project is completed, a review will be done, with the hope that it can be rolled out to other schools next year.
Keeping children safe has been the theme of the last quarter, with much effort being put into raising awareness and capacity in all Abaana workers about how to keep children safe. A manual was printed for the Abaana–supported schools and training of Child Safeguarding Committees shall be done in the last quarter of the year. Abaana joined the UCRNN, a network for children’s rights organisations, and as part of this, conducted a self–audit, with a visit made by the network staff to support Abaana in implementing safeguarding standards at all levels.
Donations to schools
Due to COVID–19, there was money that could not be spent on school fees in 2021, and thus arrangements were made with Abaana–supported schools to buy the necessary resources to improve education. Various schools have benefitted from classroom furniture like desks and chairs, textbooks including the new primary curriculum, and posters. Children were excited to see the brightly coloured materials which will aid their learning.
Shoes for the first time
Lipsy is a little girl who attends Tek–oo Nursery and Primary School in Northern Uganda. She was fortunate enough to receive a special gift, and the family decided a goat would help them to earn a little income. Thankfully there was a little money left over, and staff came to know that for all the time she had been at school, she had never owned school shoes but always walked to school barefoot. Her huge smile spoke volumes as she was blessed with smart shoes for the first time.
In partnership with Vineyard of Grace and Child Evangelism Fellowship, various partner primary and secondary schools in the central reason were visited for special sessions to share the gospel and disciple children. Each was very successful and we pray for faith to be built in the children’s lives.
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 where street–connected children can receive Christian care and counsel, as well as have 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 ongoing sponsorship support in their Primary, Secondary and tertiary education.
Sponsorship – Abaana provides sponsorship to over 1,900 children from pre–primary to tertiary level who would otherwise be unable to attend or complete school. Fees are provided, as well as the provision of basics such as uniforms and scholastic materials. Special projects such as the distribution of sanitary pads and Christian teaching, including access to a Scripture Union/Child Evangelism Fellowship (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 16 different primary schools in various districts – Busia, Amuru, Mukono, Kampala, Mayuge, Kayunga, Ngora, and Pallisa. Abaana does this primarily by building classrooms and other buildings so that the infrastructure is in place for each school to effectively provide education in the community. Abaana also builds capacity in the schools to improve standards by training school leadership, providing resources such as textbooks and monitoring the school in various areas.
Teams – Abaana Uganda provides opportunities for people to come on short–term teams to Uganda to engage in activities related to Abaana’s work with vulnerable children. 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 supports many more vulnerable children that are part of other agencies and is 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 two children’s choirs to UK and Ireland, in 2017 and[GO1] 2019, with plans to send a third in 2022. The 4–month tours showcase the work Abaana does in low–income communities and give an opportunity for current and potential sponsors to connect with Uganda through song, dance and testimony.
Abaana Ministries Uganda has a guesthouse used primarily by visiting teams and volunteers but is open for anyone who would like a quiet, homely, peaceful place to stay with delicious continental and local dishes. We particularly welcome other organisations or companies who would like to run conferences or workshops in a serene environment, with a meeting room, sheltered veranda, and a large garden available for various group activities. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0773–748819 for more information.
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.
Phone and email contacts
Whatsapp/phone (also mobile money): 0773 748038
Abaana relies on donations to serve vulnerable children in Uganda. Should you be interested in supporting our work, please contact us for banking details or to discuss how we could partner together.
List of Directors
Abaana Ministries Uganda has nine company members/directors: Mr Stephen Kaheru (Chairperson); Mr Scott Baxter (the Abaana founder); Mrs Bibian Muganguzi (Secretary); Mr Sam Tukei; Mr Wilfred Wabwire; Mr Julius Ananura; Mr Ambrose Hans Ahanga; Mr John Nsamba and Mr Wilberforce Ssempijja. The Directors provide direction, accountability and oversight of the operations of Abaana Ministries Uganda.