Safe shelters

Funding required: $93,800

This project will help: 16 children and their families from three centres in Uganda (96 people)

Estimated completion date: July 31, 2019


Levi couldn’t believe his eyes. Everything was gone. His second set of clothes, the mat that he slept on each night, and his most prized possession—his sponsor’s letters. But the most shocking part to Levi, a 10-year-old boy in Busiu, Uganda, was that his home had been completely destroyed.

His house only had one room. It was made of mud walls and a dirt floor. But to Levi, it was still home. He shared it with his parents and five siblings. Although the space was crowded, it was a place of love and laughter. The night before, a devastating landslide struck his village. Levi’s family barely escaped before their home collapsed.

Levi wondered how his family would recover. His parents earned C$1 a day. They couldn’t afford a new house. He felt like his whole world had collapsed with the house. “Where will we live?” he thought. “Will I have to drop out of school and start working?” Levi knew God loved him, so he cried out, asking God to send help—as soon as possible.

Sadly, this situation is common in the Ugandan villages of Bududa, Busiu and Bumasikye. During heavy rains, water from the mountains runs down steep slopes at high speeds, causing homes to collapse. Since many homes are unstable, they fall easily, leaving families homeless and putting precious lives in danger.

Today, 16 children in Uganda need your help. Their homes have been destroyed and they need shelter immediately. Your gift will provide stable homes for these children and their families, so they no longer live in fear of their homes collapsing. Caregivers will also be trained on preparing for natural disasters, money management and maintaining hygienic homes, which will help keep families healthy.

*Levi’s story is a composite, typical of a child living in the Ugandan villages of Bududa, Busiu and Bumasikye.

Give families in Uganda safe housing and a new beginning, in Jesus’ name!

Safe shelters

Help families in Uganda rebuild their homes—and their lives.

Summary: This initiative will provide quality homes for 16 children and their families in Uganda (96 people). These families recently lost their houses during landslides and need shelter immediately. Caregivers will also be trained on preparing for natural disasters, diversifying income and maintaining hygienic homes, which will help keep families healthy.

  • Child development centres impacted: UG-804, UG-820 and UG-813
  • The problem: In April 2018, severe flooding and landslides struck the Ugandan villages of Bududa, Busiu and Bumasikye. Throughout the spring, 69 homes were damaged or completely destroyed. Most homes in these areas are unstable and collapse easily during storms. The area is heavily populated, so many families were left homeless. Praise God that everyone escaped their homes in time, without being hurt. But this dangerous situation places precious lives at risk. The government tried to address the issue by helping families move; however, moving every household is nearly impossible. When the flooding occurred, Compassion’s church partners worked with the government to supply families with emergency food and tents, which were pitched on school grounds. But when school started, many families were forced to leave. Today, these families desperately need permanent, safe shelters.
  • What is provided through this gift:
    • 16 quality homes for Compassion-assisted children and their families (96 people): 5 homes in Bududa, 5 homes in Busiu and 6 homes in Bumasikye
      • Building materials, substructures, superstructures, wall construction, roofing with iron sheets, shutters, windows, doors, flooring, plastering, scaffolding, painting and finishings
      • Labour, transportation and supervision
    • Training for caregivers on preparing for natural disasters, financial management and maintaining hygienic homes


  • Local contribution: US$2,556.34; caregivers will also volunteer their time to help with labour.
  • Monitoring: Church partner committees, as well as caregivers, will be responsible for monitoring the work. Compassion International Uganda staff members will also work hand-in-hand with the committee. Church partner committees will report progress to the partnership facilitator.
  • Handling of funds: Leadership at the three centres will be in charge of hiring local contractors and purchasing materials.
  • Follow-up: Centre staff and church leaders will follow up with families to ensure they are flourishing in their new homes. Caregivers will be responsible for future home maintenance costs.

No less than 80 per cent of your donation will be used for program activities and a maximum of 20 per cent for fundraising and administration. If we exceed our funding goal for the initiative shown, the remaining funds will be used to fund other programs where the need is greatest.