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Uganda is a country slightly smaller than the state of Oregon, USA and is home to more than 35 million people. Uganda, while having a relatively stable government and substantial natural resources, is still a country with much suffering. The 44 year average life-span is evidence of the harsh social climate, alarming levels of Unemployment and Poverty, Diseases and Wars have taken the toll of the people of Uganda.

Uganda has been through several Humanitarian Crisis including Civil Conflict, Food Crisis, Floods, Land sliding, Refugee influx, Persistent Droughts, Human Trafficking, Absolute Poverty, HIV/AIDS Pandemic etc. This has left the people in Uganda in Great Need of Resources, including Medical Resources to help with the Major effects these Crises have had on the overall Health of the Nation.

By 2011, more than 1,500,000 children under the age of 14 had lost their parents to HIV / AIDS. Many others have lost their parents to war. Thousands live in tent cities and the situation in some parts of Uganda is considered to be one of the worst humanitarian emergencies in the world. With an estimated 54% of the population living at or below poverty line, and are desperate for our help! Please fill and return to us the Volunteer Registration Forms in the Downloads of the website.

 

VOLUNTEERS CHANGING THEIR WORLD FOR BETTER

ABA Foundation - Volunteers are making a difference in some of the world's poorest communities, living and working alongside local people on projects of lasting value.

Volunteers join us at different stages of their lives and with different passions. Yet they all want a challenge and they are united by their determination to make a difference. Typically, they walk away with a broad set of skills that help them to make progress in their personal and professional lives and carry on making a positive contribution to the causes they really care about.

These skills include the ability to negotiate, to motivate, to listen and learn from other cultures, to plan and manage budgets and so much more. Half the world is under 25. We know that with the right opportunity, young people have huge potential to make an impact in their communities. With ABA Foundation, you can be part of this experience too and show yourself and others what you're made of.



WHAT VOLUNTEERS DO AT ABA FOUNDATION?

Volunteer Projects includes:- Supporting local hospitals with Medical Teams, Operating Mobile Clinics, Conducting Voluntary Counseling and Testing in Schools and at Medical Centers, Volunteer builders to help in construction of houses for Elderly, Destitute Children, Disabled and other Needy Groups, Build water tanks, Wells, Toilets at Social Centers etc, Social Workers to support our Orphans, Elderly and Other Needy Groups, Evangelism, Training single Mothers and Widows – Tailoring, Weaving Art and Crafts, Carpentry and Joinery at our Vocational Training Center, Modern Agricultural Techniques, etc. Teacher Volunteers to support and teach in our local elementary Schools.

(Needy Groups refers to:- Destitute Children, Orphans, Street Kids, Abandoned Kids, Dumped on garbage kids, Unwanted kids, Widows, Disabled, Deaf, Blind, Mute, Widowers, Downtrodden, Elderly, HIV/ AIDS patients, Poor families affected by HIV/AIDS etc). Film maker Volunteers to help profile our Organization. Website Designers to help re-design to improve on the quality and standard of our organization’s websites. Volunteers help to sensitize local communities on the dangers of child sacrifice, Child Prostitution, and HIV / AIDS which is increasing in Uganda especially in Urban Centers. Volunteers work on the ongoing construction of our Children Rehabilitation Centers in Uganda.

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ACCREDITING COUNCIL FOR THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION IN AFRICA

Beloved in Christ,

For your information, the mission of ACTEA is to promote quality evangelical theological education in Africa by providing supporting services, facilitating academic recognition, and fostering continental and intercontinental cooperation.

Accreditation of institutions, while an important aspect of our ministry; is only one facet of our broad scope of activities benefiting theological education. While over 125 institutions around the continent are related to ACTEA, only a minority of those are actually accredited.

As you may well know, accreditation is achieved by a school after a demanding process of rigorous self-examination and external verification in order to demonstrate achievement of standards which can be internationally recognized.

A school not yet prepared to meet the rigors of accreditation may still be formally linked to ACTEA to benefit from its non-accreditation and networking services as an "ACTEA Correspondent Member", and it is this category of relationship which I would recommend that you consider at this initial stage. In fact, Correspondent membership would be preliminary to any further discussions regarding accreditation.

As ACTEA does not have any documentation regarding your school, we will be grateful if you could send us some published information regarding your institution including a copy of the current prospectus. Upon receipt, I will send you additional information on ACTEA and how your school may be formally linked with us.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sarah Fundulu
ACTEA Administrative Assistant
P.O. Box 250100
Ndola - Zambia

 

CHILD SACRIFICE IS INCREASING IN UGANDA

Child sacrifice is increasing among the Uganda Communities both rural and urban areas. Some cases have been reported to the authorities and its believed many other cases have passed unnoticed thus leading to not only severe suffering of innocent children but also death.

All the culprits who have been caught in this criminal acts claim that the innocent children are sacrificed for wealth in local shrines and at construction sites to appease the gods.
However, this is a barbaric, inhuman criminal act that has violated the rights of innocent children and traumatized the parents of these victims.

This act therefore, calls for total condemnation and a serious sensitization campaign where respect for child rights can be the main subject and how the public can be watchful for the culprits. Therefore, we are inviting friends and well-wishers to join hands with us to fight this increasing criminal act in Uganda.

ABA Foundation will be running supplements in the newspapers and television stations not only to condemn these inhuman acts of defilement and child sacrifice but also to educate the public on how to respect child rights. We appeal to everybody to financially support this noble cause. A friend in need is a friend indeed!

We thank our partners, friends, donors and well-wishers from the depth of our hearts for supporting this noble cause and for all your efforts to promote the objectives of ABA Foundation.

We are looking forward to continue working with you to fulfill the objectives of ABA Foundation.

NIV: James 1:27. “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world”.

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ABA FOUNDATION LUNCHES ANTI-MALARIA AND MICRONUTRIENT DEFICIENCY DRIVE IN UGANDA:

The ABA Foundation has begun distributing Insecticide Treated Mosquito Nets, Vitamin A, Albendazole and other Deworming tablets to children below five (5) years and Pregnant Mothers countrywide.

The Mosquito Nets and the Vitamin Angels Micronutrient are being given to children under five, pregnant mothers and other vulnerable needy groups in Uganda.

Uganda is considered to have the highest rate of Malaria transmission in the region, with an average of 1,565 mosquito bites per person per year, the latest UNICEF report has revealed.

Surprisingly, some people have used the nets as wedding gowns instead of protecting themselves against the Anopheles Mosquito, a vector that carries Malaria!

Uganda’s Minister for health said “while other countries have been able to drastically reduce or eliminate cases of Malaria, 15 people die of the disease every hour”.

Each Malaria death represents a needless loss, an unacceptable loss, when we know they can be prevented. And in the fight against the disease, we are deploying our biggest weapons here!

We thank M/s. Vitamin Angels USA for supporting our work to help alleviate the micronutrient deficiency in Uganda.

 

CHILDREN’S REHABILITATION CENTER

The majority of the girls we have helped and turned away from prostitution face social stigma, family rejection, shame, fear of retribution and loss of future economic prospects.

So far, our organization is rehabilitating a big number of these girls. We are building for them a rehabilitation home/ center with vocational skills training for their future sustainability. It is a pity because most of the have contracted HIV/AIDS. We make it our duty to visit those on antiretroviral drugs often, to ensure that they do not default on dosage.

According to a recent report by the United Nations Children’s Fund, it was estimated that up to 35% of teenagers in some Ugandan Urban centers are involved in casual sex for cash. The report said poverty was the main reason the trade was thriving among young girls in Uganda. We really concur with UNICEF’s observation.

Another child prostitute, Barbara said that poverty drove her into the business. “Where else do you think I could get money for my bills, which include shs.35,000/= ($10) for rent, then food, hair makeup among others? God has called us to reach the needy and hurting people but we cannot do this work alone. Ecc.4:9–12.

Could it be that child prostitution in Uganda is suffering from the “bystander effect”? In 1960s, a young woman on the streets of New York City, in the United States of America was stabbed to death over a period of 30 minutes while as many as 40 witnesses did nothing; despite her pleas for help.  Psychologists explain it as the “bystander effect”. In the face of an emergency, a person is less likely to intervene when others are present. It’s our nature to assume that the next person will act, thus relinquishing responsibility.

This description sounds a lot like the international community’s response or lack thereof surrounding this situation in Africa. They adopted a wait and see approach as events unfold, yet when everyone expects the others to take action, no one will. The greatest British Politician Edmund Burke once said that the only thing necessary for evil to trump is for good men to do nothing!

 

VOLUNTARY COUNSELING AND TESTING SERVICES IN SCHOOLS

The increasing HIV/ HIDS prevalence among teenagers has prompted ABA Foundation to introduce mobile VCT (Voluntary Counseling and Testing) Services in primary and secondary schools, where children are counseled and then tested with the consent from their parents.

It is not easy to counsel young people compared to grownups. The stigma within them is real, and we think we need a special sensitization and awareness program targeting this particular age group to cub the vice.

Children need a chance in life, being born into the slums of Africa simply means absence; absence of toilets (60 of children in slums have no toilets or pit latrines), absence of clean drinking water (water costs money and is carried in jerry cans which often develop mold and mildew and often lack a closure), absence of proper hygiene due lack of water, absence of schooling due to lack of money in the family even though education in countries such as Uganda is free for primary education, it costs money for many other things (67% of girls drop out of primary school in Uganda and 38% of boys do the same.)

Life is simply hard for children since most families earn very little and in slums un-employment exceeds 78% or more, so parents or guardians have little money for the children, their education, clothing, shoes, housing, food, and much more.

These pages show both needs and results; take a look, stories that touch the heart and the pictures will speak volumes to you. They are not there to evoke pity in you but an empowering spirit of compassion that might make a difference in the life of a child.

 

ABA FOUNDATION DONATES BICYCLES TO LOCAL COUNCILS

The 70 bicycles, which were given to 47 Local Councils (LCs) and twenty two (22) to Women Rights’ Committees by ABA Foundation are aimed at Enhancing the Accessibility, Identification, Reporting and Responding to Cases of Child Abuse and Gender Based Violence in the Community.

Speaking during the ceremony, the Executive Director of ABA Foundation Dr. Joseph Kiyimba said the vice can only be curbed through a concerted effort and asked leaders to stop settling defilement cases outside courts of law.

“The challenge we have is that some leaders have lost commitment and responsibility in fighting social problems,” Dr. Joseph said.

MEDICAL MISSIONS OPPORTUNITIES

MEDICAL MISSIONS OPPORTUNITIES AT ABA FOUNDATION

Uganda is a country slightly smaller than the state of Oregon, USA and is home to about 40 million people. Uganda, while having a relatively stable government and substantial natural resources, is still a country with much suffering. The 44 year average life-span is evidence of the harsh social climate, alarming levels of Unemployment and Poverty, Diseases and Wars have taken the toll of the people of Uganda.

Uganda has been through several Humanitarian Crisis including Civil Conflict, Food Crisis, Floods, Land sliding, Refugee influx, Persistent Droughts, Human Trafficking, Absolute Poverty, HIV/AIDS Pandemic etc. This has left the people in Uganda in Great Need of Resources, including Medical Resources to help with the Major effects these Crises have had on the overall Health of the Nation.

By 2011, more than 1,500,000 children under the age of 14 had lost their parents to HIV / AIDS. Many others have lost their parents to war. Thousands live in tent cities and the situation in some parts of Uganda is considered to be one of the worst humanitarian emergencies in the world. With an estimated 54% of the population living at or below poverty line, according to a recent report by UNCEF.

Volunteering Opportunities at ABA Foundation

VOLUNTEERS CHANGING THEIR WORLD FOR BETTER

ABA Foundation - Volunteers are making a difference in some of the world's poorest communities, living and working alongside local people on projects of lasting value.


Volunteers join us at different stages of their lives and with different passions. Yet they all want a challenge and they are united by their determination to make a difference. Typically, they walk away with a broad set of skills that help them to make progress in their personal and professional lives and carry on making a positive contribution to the causes they really care about.


These skills include the ability to negotiate, to motivate, to listen and learn from other cultures, to plan and manage budgets and so much more. Half the world is under 25. We know that with the right opportunity, young people have huge potential to make an impact in their communities. With ABA Foundation, you can be part of this experience too and show yourself and others what you're made of.


WHAT VOLUNTEERS DO AT ABA FOUNDATION?

Volunteer Projects includes:- Supporting local hospitals with Medical Teams, Operating Mobile Clinics, Conducting Voluntary Counseling and Testing in Schools and at Medical Centers, Volunteer builders to help in construction of houses for Elderly, Destitute Children, Disabled and other Needy Groups, Build water tanks, Wells, Toilets at Social Centers etc, Social Workers to support our Orphans, Elderly and Other Needy Groups, Evangelism, Training single Mothers and Widows – Tailoring, Weaving Art and Crafts, Carpentry and Joinery at our Vocational Training Center, Modern Agricultural Techniques, etc. Teacher Volunteers to support and teach in our local elementary Schools.


(Needy Groups refers to:- Destitute Children, Orphans, Street Kids, Abandoned Kids, Dumped on garbage kids, Unwanted kids, Widows, Disabled, Deaf, Blind, Mute, Widowers, Downtrodden, Elderly, HIV/ AIDS patients, Poor families affected by HIV/AIDS etc). Film maker Volunteers to help profile our Organization. Website Designers to help re-design to improve on the quality and standard of our organization’s websites.


Volunteers help to sensitize local communities on the dangers of child sacrifice, Child Prostitution, and HIV / AIDS which is increasing in Uganda especially in Urban Centers. Volunteers work on the ongoing construction of our Children Rehabilitation Centers in Uganda.

The Christian Martyrs of Uganda

The arrival of the Christian missionaries, Anglican and Catholic, set the stage for new developments, and marked a turning point in the religious life of the people of Buganda; as well as the political structure of the kingdom and the region at large. The history of Buganda from this point on took a different turn. A social revolution that was to transform all aspects of people's lives had set in, and the events that followed, unpredictable as they were, added to the discomfort the new changes had brought about. The untimely death of Mutesa I in 1884 just a few years after the arrival of the missionaries, left the kingdom in the hands of Mwanga II, a youth whose ruling style fell far short of the charisma and political astuteness his late father had demonstrated in dealing with the foreigners.

Mutesa had the astuteness and maturity of dealing with conflicting forces that struggled to influence his court. The Arabs (the Moslems), the Catholics (the French or Bafaransa as they were locally called) or the Protestants (the English or Bangereza) operated, of course not without constraint, with some minimal success during his reign. He let his subjects of all ranks to join any creed of their choice. The Arabs also having seen the Christian missionaries' efforts to convert the local people also diligently started to teach Islam. There was a competitive struggle among the preachers of the new creeds each attempting to assert more influence and recognition among the most influential officials in the inner circle of the king's court. The king himself never committed to any single creed. The Moslems denounced him for his refusal to be circumcised, and he could not be baptized in the Christian denominations because he did not want to give up polygamy. He died still a traditionalist.

The Christian religion was received with much excitement by the converts but it came with its own requirements. It denounced all the native religious behavior and practices as heathen and satanic. Therefore joining it meant a commitment to break away from the old life style, make and adopt new alliances, and adjust to new moral and religious standards, adherence and allegiance. The new flocks of believers (abasomi, or readers, as they were called) therefore, were seemingly regarded as 'rebels' who had transferred their loyalty to new religious systems thus abandoning the old tribal traditions.

Although Mwanga had shown some love for the missionaries as a young prince, his attitude changed when he became king. The once lively and enthusiastic prince in support of the missionaries turned into an intolerant and vicious persecutor of Christians and all foreigners. He felt, with good cause, that the powers and authority his predecessors had enjoyed were dwindling, and had disintegrated under the influence of the missionaries and their converts. The converts had diverted their loyalty to some other authority and their allegiance at all costs could no longer be counted on. For Mwanga, the ultimate humiliation was the insolence he received from the pages when they ( the least subservient of servants) resisted his homosexual advances. According to old tradition the king was the center of power and authority, and he could dispense with any life as he felt, hence the old saying Namunswa alya kunswaze (the queen ant feeds on her subjects). Although homosexuality is abhorred among the Baganda, it was unheard of for mere pages to reject the wishes of a king. (It is alleged that Mwanga learnt or acquired homosexual behavior from the Arabs). Given those conflicting values Mwanga was determined to rid his kingdom of the new teaching and its followers.

It was hardly a year after Mwanga's assumption of the throne that he ordered the execution of Yusufu (Joseph) Rugarama, Makko (Mark) Kakumba, and Nuwa (Noah) Serwanga the first three Christian martyrs, who were killed at Busega Natete on January 31, 1885. In October of 1885 the Anglican Bishop James Hannington recently dispatched to head the Eastern Equatorial Africa, headquartered in Buganda, was murdered in Busoga on his way to Buganda. Mwanga had ordered his death. Hannington's crime was to attempt to come to Buganda through Busoga, a shorter route than that employed by earlier visitors who took the route from south of lake Victoria. Buganda's kings regarded Busoga as a backdoor to Buganda and thought that any one coming through the backdoor must have evil intentions towards the kingdom.

Joseph Mukasa Balikuddembe, a senior advisor to the king and a Catholic convert, condemned Mwanga for ordering Hannington's death without giving him (Hannington) a chance to defend himself as was customary. Mwanga was annoyed that Mukasa would question his actions, and he had him arrested and killed. On Nov. 15 1885; Mukasa became the first Catholic martyr, when he was beheaded at Nakivubo. Between December of 1885 and May of 1886 many more converts were wantonly murdered. Mwanga precipitated a showdown in May by ordering the converts to choose between their new faith, and complete obedience to his orders. Those unwilling to renounce their new faith would be subject to death. Courageously, the neophytes chose their faith. The execution of twenty six Christians at Namugongo on June 3, 1886; was the climax of the campaign against the converts. The last person killed in this crusade, was Jean-Marie Muzeeyi, who was beheaded at Mengo on Jan 27, 1887. The complete list of the known martyrs is given below. The list of forty five known Catholic and Protestant martyrs includes only those who could be formally accounted for, many more murders went unreported and without a record.

Child Abuse Takes New Dimensions

Nakatekere was born lame and cannot stand. But this was not something to worry about before her mother’s death in 2006. Until now, she has no one to provide for her the necessities.

It’s not a busy stage at Namataba just a few meters away from Mukono District town where you alight from on a bus headed to Jinja. As you move deep to Nagojje Sub-county, you wonder about the souls that enjoy the cool breeze that welcomes you from Mabira forest.

But there lies Jane Nakatekere, a 14-year-old girl, who according to Ms Maimuna Mugambe, the Nagojje Community Care chairperson, has been neglected for the jiggers to feast on.

VCT SERVICES IN SCHOOL

The increasing HIV prevalence among teenagers has prompted ABA Foundation to introduce mobile VCT Services in primary schools, where children are counseled and then tested with the consent from their parents.

It is not easy to counsel young people compared to grown ups. The stigma within them is real, and we think we need a special sensitization and awareness program targeting this particular age group.

We are currently caring for a big number of orphans in the region and entirely depend on donations from friends and well wishers. You too can be a blessing to God’s People by supporting projects of ABA Foundation.

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