UCSS is 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.
UCSS started its ministry in Bulike in January 2011 with an initial budget of $112,000 which has grown to $250,000. Since then the organization was able to report the following success stories:
- Clean Water Wells: UCSS built 6 water wells. Each well serves 400 people per day. UCSS recently acquired a water well drilling rig which is expected to be operational in 2016.
- Medical Care: UCSS built a permanent medical clinic that has 2 full-time nurses all week and a doctor visits once per week. Mobile clinics are also held in the community.
- Education: UCSS has built 6 buildings that now educate 760 children from pre-school to 8th grade.
- Economic Development: UCSS has purchased over 80 acres that has been cultivated with the use of a tractor. Villagers are working side by side with UCSS staff to grow various income-producing crops such as corn, coffee, bananas and pine apples. Groups have been organized to empower people to engage in income-generating projects. The projects range from piggery, goat rearing, planting of oranges, vegetables, bananas, crafts and knitting. For the first time, many people are working, providing for themselves, saving money, learning team work and developing hope for a better future. The excess income has already started to offset the cost of the ministry.
- Counseling: Over 500 people have received face to face counseling by our team of trained counselors. As a result we have been able to reconcile relationships, alleviate addictions, and instill hope in people’s live.
- Evangelism: Over 10,000 people have given their lives to Christ. Twenty lay leaders are leading their local congregations and meeting in temporary structures and small church buildings.
Plans for 2016 and Beyond
While the accomplishments to date have been impressive, the need is far greater. To tackle this challenge, UCSS is very specific about its plan and how to measure outcomes. Here is UCSS’ plan for 2016 with a $245,000 budget:
- Clean Water Wells: To satisfy the water needs of the entire village, UCSS needs to drill about another 20 wells. In early 2015 we purchased a well-drilling rig in Texas and shipped it to Uganda. This was a major capital expense but it will reduce the cost per well from $7,000 to $2,500. It would also be contracted out to generate additional income.
- Education: The final school building is being built right now which will accommodate the 8th and 9th grades. We are currently seeking another $5,000 to completely finish the school building.
- Medical Care: UCSS has already started the process of involving the government to take over the operation of the medical facility.
- Economic Development: UCSS has purchased additional acreage to expand its income-producing agriculture. Irrigation is a major need because harvests are too dependent on rains and very inconsistent. UCSS will be using the well-digging rig to irrigate several of its fields. It costs about $13,000 to irrigate 10 acres (including the drilling of the well), and we have enough funding for about 10 acres. UCSS would like to irrigate ALL of its fields to maximize their output.
- Evangelism: We would like to continue to train more lay leaders. We need at least one, larger permanent church building because the temporary one is leaking and inadequate to house everyone. Because the region is so vast, multiple smaller church buildings would also help.
We believe that making Bulike self-sufficient within 2-3 years is a realistic and exciting possibility. In fact, the budget for 2016 is $30,000 less than the previous year. We have already started work in a new community called Buluya.
About the 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 Dr. Ronald to study there, and he graduated with a double Masters degree in ministry and counseling. He created UCSS and assembled an impressive 20-member board, including Dr. John Begley (former President of the College) as the board chair. He is receiving support from the Methodist Conference of Columbia KY and speaks at many churches when he visits the US. After raising $120,000, Ronnie was able to return to Uganda to start his ministry in January 2011.
How to Get Involved
If God is moving you to support this ministry, there are three things you can do now:
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