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Blessed in the City; Blessed in the Country

We are so excited to start this year off with good news – good news that is made possible thanks to the prayers and support of people like you. When God put the vision in my heart several years ago to take His word and His unconditional love to the people of Bulike and Buluya, I listened. The evidence of His hand in this work amazes me daily.
 
While there are obstacles yet to overcome, when I see God blessing his people – not just with the most precious gift of all, the salvation of their souls, but with physical evidence that He is hearing their cries and meeting their needs now as seen in this video – my heart is glad, and I’m encouraged that we are on the right track.
I’ll leave you with this scripture: “All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you obey the LORD your God: …Blessed shall be… the produce of your ground and the offspring of your beasts, the increase of your herd and the young of your flock…Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.” (Deuteronomy 28:2-7)
 
Thank you for your prayers and for being a part of this vision. If you have not yet become a monthly partner, or if you’d like to make a one-time donation, would you consider doing so today? God is not finished, and there is much yet to be done. We are looking forward to what lies ahead. Come, let’s build His kingdom together.

If God is moving you to support this ministry, there are three things you can do now:

Thank you for all of your prayers and support!

Dr. Ronald Kaluya

Planting on Purpose

Greetings!
 
There is a riddle: If a tree falls in the woods with no one around to hear it, does it make a sound? While this saying has amused philosophers and intellectuals for centuries, whether one hears it or not, the effect of the loss of trees has been anything but amusing in Bulike, Uganda. Because people have cut down the trees for money, it has adversely affected the soil and growth of our crops.
As you can see in the video, your generous support and love for UCSS is helping turn this situation around, and we have planted thousands of trees with your help. By God’s grace, you are the root of UCSS, extending your heart to the people of Bulike and Buluya, and because of you they are learning not to fear tomorrow but rather to put their trust in Lord. As the scripture says:
 
“For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; But its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:8)
 
Thank you for the difference you have helped make possible. Please make the commitment today to help us continue to improve the lives of the people in Bulike and Buluya as we help them grow, not only trees and crops, but also grow in their faith and love of Jesus Christ. Become a UCSS Lifer today with your monthly donation of any amount. May God’s favor be continually upon you and your family.

If God is moving you to support this ministry, there are three things you can do now:

Thank you for all of your prayers and support!

Dr. Ronald Kaluya

Greetings and Merry Christmas!

As 2017 comes to a close, and we celebrate Jesus bringing the light of salvation into this world, I celebrate you, our UCSS partners, for with your help and God’s mighty hand, together we have seen the cycle of poverty and hopelessness begin to loosen its grip in Bulike and Buluya.
It’s been a good year thanks to you, our partner and friend. Your prayers and support make UCSS possible.
As you saw in the short video above, we are blessed with passionate teachers and eager students, but there is still much to be done. Our classrooms are full, and some students have to sit on the floor; supplies are scarce, but we are still thankful. Thank you for joining your heart with ours and changing lives.

Your immeasurable gift as prayer warriors and supporters is going deep into the heart of Uganda, and the people once living in darkness and death have seen a great light (Matthew 4:16). The greatest gift you can give to UCSS is to help us continue shining His light in the darkness. If you are not already, become a UCSS Lifer today with your monthly gift of any amount.

If God is moving you to support this ministry, there are three things you can do now:

Thank you for all of your prayers and support!

Dr. Ronald Kaluya

Training Them for Life!

There’s an old saying, give a man a fish and feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime.
 
The generosity of you, our partners, makes this possible for the people of Bulike & Buluya – not with fish, but with farming.
 
Staying true to our purpose of moving communities toward self-sustainability, UCSS has been chosen to take part in a program sponsored by Agromax(u) Ltd, a World Bank affiliated organization. We were specifically chosen because of our tenacity and commitment to working with deeply depraved communities and transforming lives in ways that have surpassed others. This would never have been possible without your help.
 
God’s timing and favor is, once again, to be praised. This first group of 20 youth, upon completion of their agribusiness training, are in position to design, install, and manage irrigation systems, greenhouses, commercial nurseries as well as start-up and own agribusinesses across the agriculture value chain.
 
These skills provided to our youth is a needed investment in their lives as they are the future of Bulike & Buluya, providing leadership and championing the change in their communities. They are expected to set up a demonstration farm to showcase their new methods of farming; greater still, they are expected to plant gardens at their homes which will be supplementary sources of income to finance their education and meet their basic needs.
 
If you haven’t already, become a UCSS Lifer by partnering with us for any amount monthly, and help ensure that life-changing skills such as this can continue to be taught to those who would, otherwise, be destined to the cycle of poverty and hopelessness that prevails in much of Uganda. Thank you for your continued prayers and support.

If God is moving you to support this ministry, there are three things you can do now:

Thank you for all of your prayers and support!

Dr. Ronald Kaluya

Medical care for all (but it didn’t used to be that way)

Six years ago, the areas around Bulike had no medical services. Community members had to travel 15km to the nearest facility. From the children to the elderly, people of all ages were suffering ill health and malnutrition.

Uganda Counseling and Support Services (UCSS) provided medical services to this community while also recruiting some workers and securing medicine. At first, UCSS offered free medical services under a Muvule tree until December 2011 when we were finally able to move to a temporary church structure. At this time, the number of patients quickly increased to over 200 a day from neighboring areas.

Because of the overwhelming number from neighboring areas, UCSS decided to open up mobile clinics. However, due to major cases that necessitated more advanced technology, UCSS resorted to conducting comprehensive monthly clinics in the above-mentioned areas and over 600 patients were attended to each day.

 

In 2013, with your generous support, UCSS built the Nana Health Centre providing antenatal, family planning services, and other nursing procedures. Immunization is done monthly, and counseling services are held twice a month. Reports are submitted to the district monthly; hospital equipment and drugs are also secured.

Nana Health Centre is now able to provide services that were only available at the hospital so far away that help rarely came in time. Despite the progress, there is still more work to be done.

With your help, we hope to have a fully functional unit with enough staff, hospital equipment, furniture, a fully equipped laboratory, a lighting system, signpost, fully equipped maternity section, an emergency transport system and many more services in order to fully serve the community of Bulike and her neighbors.

If God is moving you to support this ministry, there are three things you can do now:

Thank you for all of your prayers and support!

Dr. Ronald Kaluya

MHF story from a participating Pastor.

As a Pastor, it is very important to be able to detect mental health needs of the members of your community and have ways to assist with challenges related to their emotional or psychological well being. For Pastor Denis Mwebaza, this was always a challenge because he lacked the necessary skillset to tackle traumatizing experiences. When a member of your congregation comes to tell you that he just tested HIV+, sometimes simply quoting for him Bible verses and joining hands in prayer is not enough.

In 2014, when UCSS introduced the Mental Health Facilitator (MHF) Program, Pr. Denis was blessed to be among the participants. From this, he acquired helping skills and mental health knowledge. He was better able to deal with different emotional and psychological issues and this has made him a better pastor altogether.

Recently, a young lady lost a close family member in an accident. Pastor Denis found out that she was devastated and even considered self-harm. The pastor fully equipped with the gospel and his MHF skills went to visit her. After his meeting with her, she started improving and even had a balanced meal with the pastor. He is still in contact with her and her life has had a positive turn of events.

After MHF, it has been easier for the pastor to understand the emotional and psychological issues that the congregation and the entire community go through. The lessons changed his life for the better. He prays that everyone gets a chance to have these lessons to fully impact lives.

Our mental health trainings are so critical to making the communities self-sufficient, and Pastor Denis is a great example of the difference it’s making

If God is moving you to support this ministry, there are three things you can do now:

Thank you for all of your prayers and support!

Dr. Ronald Kaluya

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Note: Bookmark the page for ease of returning each time you shop. Supporters of UCSS are loving the fact that they can shop for things they need knowing that a portion of their spending goes to support work being done in Uganda through UCSS.

A little accomplishes much when many are involved.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support. You are making a difference for the Kingdom of God.

Sponsor a Student in Uganda (like John)

Five years ago, John Mbatya and his age mates used to walk 5-15 miles to the nearest school because there was none in Bulike. John and his classmates only consisted of 15% of the total number of children of school-going age in his community and the other 85% were not bothered with education. John and his classmates made this journey in fear of witch doctors that usually kidnapped them for sacrifice. When UCSS came to Bulike, we were requested by parents to open up a school. John and his classmates started having their classes under trees.

However, John and his classmates sat their Primary Leaving Examinations last year in a permanent well-painted classroom block. He emerged the best in the school with division one 25 of his classmates passed in Division II. It was because of this performance that Bulike Community Primary School had a turn-up of 200 new pupils, knocking at its doors this year. John aspires to be a medical doctor and this has given hope to other children in the community to aspire to be the best versions of themselves. However, John and his classmates would not dare to dream if it was not for the sacrifices made by their teachers and you, our dear stakeholders.
 
When UCSS had just begun teachers taught selflessly for three months under trees in the rainy season without salary. The Government of Uganda was supposed to take over management of the school, which it has not yet done. This has greatly stretched the budget of the organization and teachers’ salaries are not paid in time.
 
When you help sponsor a child like John, it is a holistic package where he and other children in his community go to school receive a quality education, his teacher is paid on time, he and his community have access to clean water and health care.
 
Fortunately for John, he has a sponsor but there are many children who would like to be like John but are not as lucky because they do not have sponsors. Help another child start the journey to their dreams like John. Sponsor a Student in Uganda (like John)
 
Please consider giving $25 per month by donating online.We believe that one of John’s motivations is that there is someone who committed to sponsor him at school so that he can achieve his dream of becoming a doctor.If God is speaking to you to GIVE, then please do so through the link below.
 

If God is moving you to support this ministry, there are three things you can do now:

Thank you for all of your prayers and support!

Dr. Ronald Kaluya

How we can save more children in Uganda

Children have a very special place in our heart here at UCSS. So much of what we do is geared towards helping build up our next generation because children are Uganda’s future. Unfortunately, Uganda is challenged with high child mortality, but we are committed to save as many children as possible.

I wanted to quickly outline our plan to take care of our children and keep them healthy.

  • UCSS will need to educate the rural people about how to provide decent shelter and food for their families from extremely limited resources, avoid preventable illnesses to their children, and when and how to seek medical care . Specifically, UCSS will continuously educate women about health and disease issues relating to prenatal care, basic hygiene, nutrition and immunization.
  • We will focus our education on the leading causes of infant mortality, which include: birth asphyxia, pneumonia, pre-term birth complications diarrhoea, malaria, measles and malnutrition.
  • We will reduce birth asphyxia by ensuring that there are effective resuscitation at birth facilities near the rural places.
  • We shall strive to prevent pneumonia by ensuring that the children are vaccinated, provided with antibiotics and oxygen (to those children already suffering from pneumonia), and encouraging mothers to breastfeed their babies.
  • We will mitigate the problem of pre-term birth complications by encouraging mothers to keep low-birth-weight babies warm by skin-to-skin contact with the mother, and providing free wrappings to keep the baby warm.
  • We will prevent diarrhoea by encouraging mothers to breastfeed and by providing oral rehydration salts combined with zinc supplements to treat the sick children with, We shall tackle the malaria problem by supplying insecticide-treated bed nets and encouraging mothers to use them.
  • We will tackle measles by providing timely vaccines to all children. Finally, we will meet the malnutrition challenge by emphasising to mothers what their children should be fed on to attain a balanced diet from the food resources in the community.

How We Will Save More Children

For UCSS to successfully intervene in these critical areas, it will use its healthcare team of a doctor, nurses, clinical officers and community healthcare workers to lead the women education programme, in partnership with district and Ministry of Health officials. The team will work closely with the community and address key issues such as ensuring the children are fed the right foods, they are taken for vaccination, all the people use clean and safe water, the bathrooms are kept clean at all times, and the garbage is disposed of from the home environment. Importantly, team members observe the WHO strategy of delivering Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by providing appropriate home care and timely treatment of complications for newborns, complementing health authorities by participating in the expanded programme on immunization, and promoting infant and young child feeding. Equally important, the healthcare team will adopt other interventions for maternal health, such as expert care during pregnancy and childbirth. We will collaborate with other health staff from the Ministry of Health and other partners to look after mothers’ health during pregnancy to prevent deficiencies in Iron, Iodine and Vitamin A.

UCSS will also keep installing water wells in vulnerable communities to give mothers a chance of providing clean water for their children. We will also strive to continue providing quality life through various interventions for marginalised areas, in line with our vision.

If God is moving you to support this ministry, there are three things you can do now:

Thank you for all of your prayers and support!

Dr. Ronald Kaluya

Major improvements to health care (thanks to you) but challenges remain

 

When Uganda Counseling and Support Services (UCSS) arrived in the community of Bulike, there was no medical care, and people were dying daily of malaria and diarrhea that are so easily and cheaply treated here in the United States.
 
In addition to drilling fresh water wells, one of the first things we did was tackle the lack of medicine by offering free mobile clinics which then grew to more comprehensive clinics that treated over 600 patients per day. 
 
In 2013 we built and opened a permanent medical center that provides antenatal, family planning services, and other nursing procedures. The center also offers treatment of a host of diseases including; malaria, pneumonia, upper respiratory tract infections, peptic ulcers, hypertension, pelvic inflammatory diseases, skin infections, eye cases, intestinal worms and dental cases. Dozens of children receive immunizations and counseling is available continuously.
 
In February 2013 UCSS started construction of a permanent block for the health facility in Bulike and commenced static medical services at the unit in July, providing the community with drugs, paying heath workers and also buying hospital equipment.
 
Today, the number of deaths have dropped from at least one per day to one per week or even less, and it continues to improve as we reach more and more people.
 
But the need is still bigger: we don’t have enough staff to deal with the demand, we don’t have the right equipment or enough beds. The lighting system is insufficient which and our maternity ward is ill-equipped. We have no way of reliably transporting people quickly to the center.

If God is moving you to support this ministry, there are three things you can do now:

Thank you for all of your prayers and support!

Dr. Ronald Kaluya

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