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
On 6th June 2021, only one week after S2 children had reported back, and just before P1 to P3 could return to school after over 15 months at home, a new COVID–19 wave brought a second lockdown, with the closure of schools meaning home–school was a reality once again for Abaana’s over 1,800 sponsored children. This was frustrating and disappointing, and for Abaana staff, many activities were once again put on hold as travel was restricted.
Thankfully, similarly to 2020, a COVID–19 appeal to raise money to support people struggling in the lockdown was seen to be very successful, (https://www.abaana.org/what-we-do/covid19-response/). This enabled Abaana to reach out to over 1,000 families with food parcels, as well as giving hygiene items to selected health centres. Additionally, Abaana was once again a key partner in a KCCA–led initiative to temporarily house street–connected children in a hostel for rehabilitation. Some of these boys were resettled home after their stay while others were supported in vocational skills training to help them forge a good future.
Other things have also been possible to continue, as for example, at New Life Homes, boys have been doing various activities alongside home schooling, including learning sewing to help build their capacity in vocational skills. They have also accessed various group counselling sessions to improve their mental health and build resilience in these difficult days.
“I am 14 years, I have attended all the mental health life skill series with Uncle Oscar of Mantle of Hope Ministries and I enjoyed the topic of how to access people we trust. I have drawn my umbrella of trust and I know people to reach to in case of any problems. I also enjoyed topic of reaching my goal, I want to be an Engineer and I will work very hard to reach this goal. The training has changed my life, I have learnt a lot of things like reaching my goals, trust, forgiveness. Thank you Abaana for helping us learn these skills.” (I, NLH resident)
For children still at home, Abaana has been giving out learning materials for home schooling. Over 140 children sat for PLE exams, including 5 children who travelled with Choir 1 in 2017, and 7 New Life Homes boys, and we pray for the best for each child as they wait for their results from home until the time they can join Secondary. Additionally, children who finished PLE were given a Bible, which not only will be needed in Secondary school but also to encourage them in their spiritual growth during this season.
Additionally, despite the lockdown, Abaana has had the privilege of seeing the completion of Atukubui Primary School, under Kumi Church of Uganda Diocese in Ngora district, and so when schools do re–open, hundreds of children who used to attend classes in very uncomfortable surroundings will enjoy a more conducive environment for studies. Some of the funds for this building were raised through the ‘6000 miles’ walking challenge in which Abaana staff and partners participated in late 2020, so a big thank you to everyone who donated to his cause.
‘Special Gifts’ have also continued to be delivered over the past months, with one wonderful achievement being the construction of a simple home for one girl, called ‘N’, who lives in Northern Uganda.
Owning a permanent house in sponsored girl N’s village is for posh people; so with the gift of a new house as funded by her sponsor, their family is counted as one of the very few ‘posh’ people in the village. It is hard to express the family’s happiness. The risk of house fires has been put to an end, the hassle of always looking for grass to replace the roof every now and then has ceased, the space inside has greatly enlarged, and now the family can gather water drained from the roof, hence reducing the burden of collecting water. What a benefit and joy that the family has received.
“I don’t know how to express my gratitude because this is so overwhelming but just commit all to God to reward (the sponsor). Few people can have such a generous heart to give such a big gift. I pledge to stay by N’s side and ensure she study hard and finish university,” said N’s mother Christine.
“I am proud of my sponsor; he has done far more than what even other sponsored children get. Am so happy that am going to sleep in a permanent house for the first time. I can now comfortably revise my books in a clean cemented house,” said N.
As the final quarter of the year begins, Abaana staff are focusing on delivering home study materials and textbooks to children in their communities, with teachers supporting children through personal tutoring where possible. Plans are underway to also deliver personal gifts to children in lieu of the money that would be spent on school fees, with blankets, saucepans, school bags, food and a Christmas gift to be delivered before the year ends to all sponsored children.
At the New Life Homes, some boys have been staying with family, others have returned to school, and some have been residential at the Homes doing home–school as they await their turn to join the phased re–opening. There have also been some children temporarily housed at the Homes while tracing has been done by a Local Government Social Worker, being abandoned children who require emergency shelter support.
As an organisation we were glad that we were fulfilling our statutory obligations through completion of the Audit from 2020, which was adopted at an Audit on 8th April 2021. We pray for enough funds for the year ahead and the continued wisdom to spend all donations in the most efficient and effective way.
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.