Equip Churches in Uganda to minister to children.
THIS PROJECT WILL HELP: 1,082 children at four Compassion centres
ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE: October 2016
The route to the small village of Malonga, Uganda, looks more like a ditch than an actual road—and feels like one, too, jostling passengers for hours once they’ve left the last traces of city life behind. Here and there mosque minarets just above the rugged landscape, pointing out nearby villages where countless women bend over small patches of land, scratching out a living from the dust.
People in Malonga and the surrounding areas earn the equivalent of $18 a month as subsistence farmers. Their land is prone to drought and famine is no stranger. Children here follow in the footsteps of their parents, working the land and surviving one day at a time with little education and few opportunities to break the generational cycle of poverty.
But in Malonga, there is a light: the church. Each week children of the community gain the chance to rise beyond their circumstances through the open doors of the church. But running Compassion’s program in such an isolated community takes a huge amount of work. With no access to the national electric grid, the centre relies on generators that are thirsty for fuel and prone to breaking down, sapping the centre’s resources. Communication is also a struggle, and every week staff make the treacherous drive to the nearest city to connect with the Compassion Uganda office and prepare lessons for the children, such as printing and making paper copies.
But you can bring a sustainable source of power to Compassion’s church partner in Malonga—solar power. This initiative will provide solar power systems to four Compassion church partners in this region, helping the centres save money on fuel and transportation, and implement programs in an efficient and sustainable way. And with a reliable source of power, they will be able to provide computer classes to children in the future to help them develop skills and earn better jobs.
Give the gift of solar power and help children build their futures!