Love Uganda Foundation is a non-profit christian faith based organization operating currently in Uganda, offices located in Kampala capital city, Plot 1490 Gayaza Road Kubiri Roundabout. LUF Home/orphanage is located in Mukono district, Kalagi subcounty about 25 miles from Kampala capital city.
Love Uganda Foundation began in 2006 as a small outreach ministry operating in both Kampala town and Mukono town. It was founded by the Late Emmanuel MacMillanKitumba. Emmanuel had a passion towards helping the needy around his community, right from his childhood it was his dream that when he made whatever kind of fortune, he would go back and make his society a better place in regards to helping the needy.
His parents Pastor Sam Sekirime and Mrs. Robina Sekirime helped nurture Emmanuel and his dream through the ways of the lord, as the scripture says; “Train up a child in the way he should go, that when he or she is old, they will not depart from it” Proverbs: 22:6. With this strong foundation upon Emma’s life, it was so undeniable to see such a fruit birthed from him.
In 2008, Emmanuel completed his theological course after which he decided to ask his sponsor Mr. Andrew McMillan of how he would repay his gratitude towards him whose name McMillan Emmanuel had adopted as well. Mr. Andrew McMillan said, “Do to Others what has been done to you”, this was a perfect confirmation of what the lord had placed within Emmanuel for such a long time.
Emma surely started a process towards officially opening up the foundation, and in 2012, Love Uganda Foundation officially got recognized by the government.
As of now Love Uganda Foundation addresses major issues affecting our communities at large, of which includes; Early marriages and pregnancies among teenage girls, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS pandemic, Child abuse, poverty eradication programs, widows and women empowerment, disabled program, environmental conservation among many more others. Mainly and currently, we have a childcare center/home where we look after 15 children.
The major objective of the foundation is to empower the children through provision of quality education and mentor-ship to save the next generation. These services are to be provided to children within and around the community. It was during this period that the foundation carried out some new activities to support and achieve this objective. Community mobilization and sensitization, home visiting and care, monitoring families with such children and support supervision, resource mobilization and planning were developed among other programs.
In the same year in an annual general meeting, members resolved that the orphanage should focus on addressing the education development issues more directly from primary to tertiary level. In 2012, LUF recognized the need to broaden the scope of the interventions to cover other social economic poverty issues and health in a holistic and sustainable manner. LUF has already made a long-term commitment that considers the root causes of insufficient education. This area of care will be the pilot project area as it helps many orphans, street and needy children with low levels of community awareness on education.
We believe that each and every one of our children must be exposed to at least five core competences that we consider necessary for one to excel in this world today and these include the following;
- Ethics and integrity
- Spiritual development
- ICT and environmental literacy
- Talent development.
As we embark on Love Uganda Foundation becoming a first class children center, it will be our commitment to provide these core competences to all those who will emerge from this institution.
CHILD ADVOCACY AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH
This activity area includes all interventions relating to empowerment of children in especially difficult circumstances. The series also involve all activities aimed at realizing commitment and action from community towards the empowerment of children / young people. The following will be done;
- Counseling, child recovery and re-unification
- Advocacy for children through media coverage
- Child care and protection, organizing children in groups
- Skills development
- Maternal and child health care
- Parental attitudes and behavior
- Parental skills and guidance, Parental literacy, Cultural identity
- Equipment for child activities & Monitoring and evaluation.
- CHILDREN PROFILE
Love Uganda Foundation enrolls almost equal numbers of female (52%) and male (48%)
Our children reflect a rich tribal diversity with children from different parts of Uganda both under our external program(outreaches) and in the internal program(orphanages) Currently the children under our orphanage care program come from districts of Mukono, Wakiso, Kampala, Kabale and Gulu.
Love Uganda Foundation looks after children between the ages of 3yrs-15 yrs. These are normally children abandoned by parents; orphans among others. Children are currently accommodated in a bungalow house rented by funds from the proceeds that come from our sister organization, Love Uganda Safari and well wishers. The house has 3 rooms each with the capacity of over 8 children. It also contains an indoor store, with a sitting room/lounge and a dining hall where various activities are conducted. There is also a room for the caretakers, outside are located the washrooms/pit-latrines and a well spaced compound where our children get an opportunity to play and exercise their skills.
This strategic plan therefore considers the option of building more houses so that our children are given the best care and services.
- GOVERNANCE OF LOVE UGANDA FOUNDATION.
LUF is still a small children foundation though it has to set up all the organs expected of a modern children’s center. The role of each organ will be defined in the governance policy document but the following are the governance organs at Love Uganda Foundation.
- The Founders’ Board.
The fountain of governance is vested in the foundation board of Directors that must be comprised of experienced, cultured and imminent personalities committed to steer Love Uganda Foundation to excellence amid the challenges of the 21st century. The founder’s body is the body of proprietors and board of directors. The board members who also serve as trustees of Love Uganda Foundation which members are to be nominated at the annual general meeting.
However, currently we do not have an existing Board of Directors. Being that we have been and are still in the process of re-establishing the company after the passing away of our beloved founder the Late MacMIllan Emmanuel Kitumba.
Currently, LUF has 9 full time employees and a number of volunteers. Our full time staff comprises of one Center administrator, two care takers. Volunteers are normally University Students who aim at giving back to society. They come from Makerere University, Multi-tech Business School and Church members.
Below is a list of our staff and their duties;
|Mr. KYEYUNE ROBERT PAUL||Team Leader|
|Mr. KISAAKYE JOSHUA||Administrator|
|MR. KALEMA ABRAHAM||Social Worker|
|Mr. MUKISA DEO||Coordinator- Mukono region|
|Mr. KYOYITA ISRAEL||Programs Coordinator|
|Mrs. MURUNGI BRENDA||Creative Arts Cordinator/Social Worker|
|Mrs. NALUBEGA JOSEPHINE||Social Worker|
|Mr.JOSEPH TOPACH||Coordinator- Gulu region|
|Mr.MANDELA WILFRED||Coordinator- Gulu region|
In this strategic plan, we shall give priority to human resource enhancement i.e. increasing our staff will give an efficient and effective system of managing the center.
- MAJOR STAKEHOLDERS TO SEEK AFFILIATION IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS
For the next five years LUF plans to strengthen its partnership and affiliations with local based, international children organizations and government agencies such as Ministries in line with children affairs. The following will be the organizations to seek collaboration and partnership from for the next Five years.
- Care International
- Child Fund International
- Elevate Children Funder’s Group (ECFG)
- Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Gender, Labour and social development and Water and Environment because we want to build an ideal environmental project in theme of “’facilities as green as possible.”
- Church Leaders.
- Community Leaders
- Development partners in the same line of activities in other countries.
- Academic institutions for research and publication
- Media houses for advocacy, public relations
- Ambassadors of Good will locally and internationally
CURRENT STATUS OF THE HOME:
Currently the home is no more, after the death of Emma unknown people claimed ownership of the house which was lost to them. The children and everybody residing in the home then dissolved, some being returned to particular relatives who were still alive and others handed over to other orphanages in Mukono which took them in.
In July 2016, Love Uganda Foundation was re-established by Emma’s big brother Robert Paul Kyeyune who felt the need to continue with his Late brother’s vision and need. With the help of his little brothers, Kisaakye Joshua, Kyoyita Israel and few friends they were able to process the documents that were as well lost in the building accident that claimed LUF offices and the founder’s life and yet had no home to accommodate the children. The system was back to its roots of door to door outreaches in the villages and respective areas where the need was met.
In July 2017, a generous lady by the names Ms. Joan Belford from the US donated towards the re-establishment of the home to cater for the children. With this fund, we were only able to rent a house monthly and not purchasing it fully. After inserting a few stuff in the home, we were able to bring in 15 children on the 1/07/2017, who till date stay in the house with a caretaker/mother that takes care of them. Our vision however is to expand by constructing our own home such that we can lessen on the expenses.
- Currently the Foundation is paying fees for 30 students under our External Program in the community schools located in the various regions our Love Activity team visits.Our social work team identifies children/orphans from poorest families in a community that have failed to access education due to poverty, and are enrolled in education program. Currently, external program/education is ongoing in 3 communities; Ruhijja- Kabale, Paichor-Gulu, Kateete- Mukono under the campaign “Keep An Orphan In School” and we hope to increase the number of children by 70% in the next 3 years of our strategic year plan 2018/2020.
- We have been able to establish various community outreach programs which tackle various issues affecting Widows, Elderly, Disabled, Girl-child. These have so much benefited the communities. Our widows’ projects in Gulu, Kateete and Kalagi have availed an opportunity to widows/women to gain skills and earn a living out of them.
- Not only do we train them skills but also teach them life aspects which include; Health and Sanitation, HIV/AIDS Sensitization, poverty eradication methods alongside godly principles. This has greatly impacted the women league alongside other categories of people reached out in our External Program. We as well donate basic life materials to them as this is one step to restore hope and empower these great mothers.
- Infrastructural Development: Access to space is a basic requirement of a children center. It’s because of this that LUF gave top priority to acquire space in a good location. LUF operates in kalagi town council where we are in position to rent a big bungalow house that currently accommodates 15 children.
- Orphaned children, both single and total orphans under our internal and external programs.
- 20 family household at village level, local community at large
- Elderly women and widows from the districts of Gulu and Kateete – Mukono.
Local NGOs, extension workers, teachers and decision markers.
CHALLENGES FACED BY ORPHANS IN UGANDA.
Over the past decade, the number of orphans and vulnerable children living in Uganda has been escalating at an alarming rate. In 2004, the number of orphans was estimated to be 1.8 million, in 2009 that number had grown to nearly 2.6 million. Over one million of those children have lost their parents to HIV/AIDS-related complications and the following are their problems.
- Extreme Poverty: Many of these children are deprived of their basic needs due to high levels of poverty. Nearly half of the population lives below poverty line, out of which 19% are children. Uganda’s rural areas in particular struggle with a very high poverty rate.
- Caretaking: After their parents die or become disabled by illness, orphans and vulnerable children as young as five years old become both mother and father to their younger siblings. Those whose parents suffer from HIV/AIDS face an additional burden of care as complications develop and worsen over time. Children are forced to drop out of school as they try and provide basic necessities for their siblings.
- Unfair wages: Orphans ought to find work wherever they can due to their lack of education and resources: laboring in fields, tending cattle, carrying water, or other back-breaking tasks. When they are able to find work, orphans are often paid unfair wages because they have no alternative but to accept whatever is given. When there is no work, they must beg for or steal food to ward off starvation. Survival becomes a daily struggle.
- Exploitation: Living in extreme poverty without the support of their parents, orphans are vulnerable to additional kinds of exploitation. Neighbors and occasionally relatives can take advantage of them because they know that there is no longer an adult to enforce the children’s property rights. Orphans are also vulnerable to physical abuse. These children are beaten, and sometimes mutilated, after they are driven by hunger to steal small amounts of food to eat. Girls are subject to sexual exploitation when they face the hard choice of selling their bodies for food or watching their families go hungry.
- Isolation: Many of these children live in communities where there are widespread misconceptions about the causes of HIV/AIDS. After their parents die from HIV/AIDS-related complications, they are shunned by neighbors and community members for fear of catching the disease. Orphans find themselves isolated within their communities, surrounded by those who are unwilling or unable to reach out to them.