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UCSS’s mission is to improve the quality of life and spread God’s love to people in remote communities of Uganda by providing social services, counseling and spiritual development – one community at a time. UCSS is using a holistic approach that addresses clean water, medical care, education, economic development, counseling and spiritual development.
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Bringing Hope to Uganda – One Village at a Time
UCSS’s mission is to improve the quality of life and spread God’s love to people in remote communities of Uganda by providing social services, counseling and spiritual development – one community at a time. UCSS is using a holistic approach that addresses clean water, medical care, education, economic development, counseling and spiritual development. UCSS’s chose to start its ministry in the region of Bulike because its 48,000 residents have nothing, no clean water, medical care, schools, electricity or sewage system. The goal is to help each community become self-sufficient to the point where outside resources are no longer necessary. People will enjoy a higher quality of life and over time will become more tolerant and caring. The vision is to replicate this model from one community to another using a “train the trainer” approach so that over time all of Uganda is transformed.
Before, 15% of the children of Bulike would walk 5-12 miles to the closest school. But this journey was dangerous because of frequent kidnappings by witch doctors for child sacrifice. Parents saw no value in education and made their children work at home. UCSS school now provides an education for 550 children between the ages of 4 and 16 years. Now about 60% of the children can read. Adult classes improved the parents’ literacy from 5% to about 40% now.
When UCSS first arrived in Bulike, one death per day was common due to malaria and water-born diseases. The village had no source of fresh water, and villagers would walk miles to dirty ponds to collect water. UCSS now has 6 water wells that are each providing clean water to over 2,400 people per day.
When UCSS first arrived in Bulike, one death per day was common due to malaria and water-born diseases. Free medical services are offered to over 500 people per week in mobile medical clinics, which operate 4 times a week and a more comprehensive clinic is offered once per month. A permanent medical facility has completed and is staff with full-time nurses and a doctor once per week. Before, when people got sick, they paid a witch doctor to seek a cure. Now, every person in the village can receive free medical care, which has reduced mortality rate by 85% and made many people’s lives more bearable.
Before, witch craft was the only religion. Witch doctors were feared by the community because they could curse people if they didn’t seek them out for cures and pay for their services. Animal and even child sacrifices were common. UCSS introduced the love of Jesus Christ to the people of Bulike through evangelism and counseling. UCSS now has 4 churches in the area that meet in temporary structures and 19 Bible study groups with 65 members each. UCSS distributes free Bibles and has trained 22 local leaders for ministry. 4,000 people in and around Bulike have accepted Jesus as their Savior, giving them a hope they have not had before.
The best way to get involved and see what’s going on in remote Uganda is to visit. If you do, we’ll take care of secure transportation to the Bulike mission house, a western-style house that will be your headquarters during your stay. 4 bedrooms with 2 bunk-beds and private bath per room plus kitchen and common area. Our staff will provide all meals from locally-sourced ingredients. We look forward to welcoming you in Uganda!
Before UCSS, the primary economic activity was alcohol production and peasant farming, and malnutrition was rampant. Women and children were expected to provide for the family, and men did very little but drink. Men would eat first and the women and children would get what was left over. UCSS purchased land for a model farm that provides resources and training for villagers to become economically self-sufficient. There are now 21 co-ops with 12 members each that participate in activities such as growing crops and raising pigs and chickens. Vocational skills training such as knitting and tailoring is also being offered.
About Our Founder, Dr. Ronald Kaluya
Dr. Ronald Kaluya was an accountant in Uganda with a big vision to help his people. He felt that a graduate degree from the United States would help his mission. Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia KY paid for Ronnie to study there, and he graduated with a double Masters degree in ministry and counseling. He created UCSS and assembled an impressive board, including Dr. John Begley (former President of the College) as the board chair, several ministers and businessmen. After raising $120,000, Ronnie was able to return to Uganda to start his ministry in January 2011.