MISSION: Amaha We Uganda are planning mission to Uganda in 2016

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

AMAHA WE UGANDA ARE PLANNING MISSION TO UGANDA IN 2016

 

WHEN                         2 weeks in late July returning early August

 

WHO                           Open to all ages, but :-

under 18s should be accompanied by a parent

You should be in reasonable health

Please note that we will be running a series of preparation meetings in 2016 and attendance is required

MISSION OBJECTIVES

To celebrate the past 10 years work

To lay a framework for continuing support

To have fellowship and worship together

Introduce more people to the 2-way blessings

Contributing to Projects and review process

 

OUTLINE PLAN            Lasting c14 days in late July / early August 2016

Elements:

Understanding our hosts way of life

Projects

Worship and Fellowship

A short period of R&R

Likely to be staying with our African Hosts – houses or schools

 

HOW MUCH (draft)    We are still working out the budget which will depend on the cost of flights (not yet announced). Our current working budget is £1800-£2000 per person. Accordingly, you have plenty of time for personal fund raising!

 

TIMETABLE                 Now:   provide preliminary indication of interest

October:

sign up and pay deposit

Interviews

Autumn: possible fund raiser and introduction session

2016:

Series of upto 6 preparation sessions

Pay balance of money (date will depend on travel agents)

Sending out by Parish

On return – some form of debrief and celebration

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

Hope for Uganda, an informal grouping of interested people, was formed after a team led by Rev Neil Lambert returned from Uganda in 2005. Since then 2 further missions and several other visits have been undertaken to Kasese where the work is centred. The charity was formed in 2013 to carry on this work.

Work is Kasese and the surrounding villages is undertaken by a NGO, which is funded by Amaha We Uganda UK and led by Benjamin Masereka with a team of 5 evangelists. Benjamin is aiming to build a people of integrity – or as he terms it, a Joseph Generation. This vision is biblically based and started to form in the period following the significant upheavals in Uganda during the Amin and Obote years; the objective being to improve the style and quality of life for the Bakango people, whose tribe straddle the Uganda and nearby Congo border.

The work is directed mainly at women’s groups as this is often the way to get things done in Africa. After 10 years of our involvement with support (spiritual and financial), the project has grown –

  • 36 Women’s groups of 20 people each – so counting their family members, we are reaching well over 3000 people
  • Support for Street Kids in Kasese
  • Introducing a range of projects to help with education needs and quality of life issues
  • Use of micro finance / loans – nearly all repaid, and then recycled to others as need be
  • Lasting relationships between former visitors and Ugandan friends

We have been engaged in a wide range of projects, which change from time to time. The latest one involves the use of Briquettes made of combustible waste as a substitute to charcoal, which is causing environmental issues (as a result of despoliation and a growing population). More details of this and other projects can be found on our website.

 

WHY THE MISSION:

Everyone who has been out to Uganda has returned marvelling in some way at the experience – whether it is the hospitality of our hosts, their way of life or their faith – all of which can be very humbling. Whatever the reasons, we consider that there a range of two blessings which drives us to want to develop our mission further. The 10th anniversary of the founding of the initial grouping seems an apt time to celebrate the achievements to date and plan for the next generation of work.

These two-way blessings might be shown as:

  • From the UK perspective:
    • Able to visit and contribute
    • Welcomed into their homes
    • Prayer and fellowship
    • Effective stewardship use of funds
  • From African viewpoint, perhaps
    • A partner who can provide help and advice
    • Funding (for micro finance and projects)
    • Prayer and fellowship together
    • Improved education achievements and improved quality of life
    • “No longer visitors, but friends” & “No longer beg salt from my friends” – these are actual quotes from some of the Women’s groups when we met them in February 2015.

SOME INFORMATION ON UGANDA:

 

  • Uganda lies on the equator
  • The temperature is fairly constant all the year round and there are two wet seasons (a long one and a short one!)
  • People mainly living on the land & in villages – but this is changing
  • Key crops: – Coffee, Tea and Bananas, so affected by global downturn of 2008 due to impact on prices
  • Country was badly affected by violence in 1970s and 1980 – upto 0.5m people were killed (the Idi Amin and Milton Obote years). More recently the Lords Resistance Army were ejected in 2005/6. Much of the wildlife was killed or displaced during these times – now the main Game Parks are situated on the perimeter of the country.
  • There is a multi party system of government, but Mr Muserveni has been in power for 25 years
    • Population : 41 m – growing fast (2015 est), 2012 – 36m
  • Life expectancy < 60 yrs (figures vary!) – this has increased markedly over past 10 years
  • All but 5% profess a religion – 42% Anglican, 42% Catholic
  • Muslim pop growing – c 5%
  • There is pressure on facilities for health and schools and land!
  • Aids used to affect 30% of population, now down to <10% (Source BBC 2015)
  • Other health issues – growing hepatitis B problems

THE COUNTRY FACES SEVERAL ONGOING CHALLENGES:

 

  • Growth in population
    • Impact on secondary and tertiary education
    • Impact Land ownership – leading to more metropolitan homes. Traditionally, land is divided between the sons of the family which can lead to very small or uneconomic plots especially as family sizes grow
    • Land erosion – partly to build and plant crops on and partly to cut down wood to make charcoal from
  • Oil – to be exploited with Chinese know how around Lake Albert
  • Health & More wealth
  • Religion
    • Scriptural differences between African and first world Anglican churches
    • Impact / Rise of Islam?

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION OF INTEREST FORM: Application Form v1
 AND RETURN TO ROBERT@AMAHAWEUGANDA.ORG

WASINJA!