Children’s ministry launch

Funding required: $25,035

This project will help: 250 children in Ogen Rwot, Uganda

Child development centre: UG1088, Ogen Rwot Child Development Centre

Executive summary

In the community of Ogen Rwot, Uganda, many children have little hope for the future. Most caregivers work as fishermen, which does not provide enough income to meet all the needs of their children. Harsh, hot weather conditions have caused recent droughts in the area, killing crops and causing a food insecurity crisis among families living in poverty. Children suffer from preventable diseases and lack access to health care services.

Many children also lack an education—most schools are too far to walk to, and the area does not have adequate transportation services. Caregivers are often supportive of children leaving school to work in the fishing industry instead. Without access to improved health care, education, vocational skills training and support and care from supportive adults, many children will continue to repeat the cycle of poverty of their parents.

But the local church in Ogen Rwot has a deep desire to reach out to their community with the transforming gospel of Christ and respond to some of the most pressing needs of children.

By opening a child development centre, children will have access to health care and will receive supplementary food as needed. Through your support they will also have the opportunity to go to school and receive vocational training, age-appropriate Christian teaching and discipleship, as well as education on important topics like health, hygiene and how to form healthy relationships. Along the way, they will also receive personal attention, guidance and love from caring members of the Christian community.

Real and lasting change happens when children are developed to become the adults who will create change in their community. In Compassion’s program, children learn they are loved, develop hope for their future and realize that God wants to use them to help others. These children grow up to be givers and leaders in their community.

Help children build a new future free from poverty and full of promise by launching a holistic children’s ministry!

Children’s ministry launch

Help a church in Uganda open a holistic child development ministry.

Church name: Pentecostal Assemblies of God Ogen Rwot Church

Community information: Ogen Rwot is a community in Uganda bordering the Nile River. Because of its proximity to the river, many caregivers work as fishermen and children and youth are encouraged to pursue fishing as their source of income. With more people pursuing fishing over formal education, the illiteracy rate has risen in recent years. Living close to the Nile provides access to food and income, but it has consequences too—the area experiences high rates of malaria and fly-borne disease.

What is provided through this gift

Your gift will provide:

  • Centre staffing
    • Staff recruitment and training
    • Staff salary
  • Child registration and caregiver orientation
    • Initial caregiver meeting
    • Registration day items
    • Camera/Phone
  • Minor building enhancements
    • Roof and wall repairs
    • Purchase and installation of doors and windows
    • Other: pit latrine and generator
  • Administrative equipment and supplies
    • Office computer and printer
    • Office filing cabinets and shelves
    • Office desk and chair
    • Office supplies and safe
  • Classroom furnishings and supplies
    • Tables, desks and chairs
    • Toys, games and minor sports equipment
    • Teaching resources and supplies
  • Kitchen furnishings and supplies
    • Tables
    • Cooking pots, pans and cooking utensils
    • Cups, bowls and cutlery
    • Cooking fuel and kitchen scales
  • Health checkups and supplies
    • Initial health screenings
    • Height and weight measurement tools

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.