Alpha and Omega Children’s Ministry – Uganda, Africa!

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Welcome to the Alpha and Omega Children Section – The Children of Africa

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Introduction

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Since the early eighties Mrs. Robinah Lubwama has been involved with caring for children. 10 years back, she founded the Alpha and Omega Children’s Ministry, a registered non-profit organization in Uganda, commited to working with the children of Uganda, children born into slums and have little or no hope for their next meal, education, clothes and shelter and ophans.

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In the last six years we have focused on “the Kid’s born into  the Slums” of Kampala.

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Presently we run four different factions of Children

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  • Bugoloobi Children’s Ministry (Sunday school Church)…more than a sunday morning church. Meet   Ugandan children, Find out how it all Started, See how we find the Kampala Slum children, Orphans and all the disadvantaged ones. How we speak and touch hearts. How we’ve been able to impact lives. Learn how they walk on the streets, share, sing, dance, pray and their life styles.\r\n\r\n

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  • Alpha and Omega Junior School
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  • Kids corner
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  • Literacy outreach
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  • Jambo Children’s Choir
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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.)

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Life is simply hard for children since most families earn very little and in slums un-employment exceeds 60% or more, so parents or guardians have little money for the children, their education, clothing, shoes, housing, food, and much more.

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Alpha and Omega Children’s Ministry Education Centre

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Vision:

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Impacting children and future generations

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Mission Statement:To be an instrument of change from city to city by reaching communities, especially in the slums.

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Background:

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After having worked with children for over twenty years in Kampala, Uganda, the ministry founders realized that alpha childrendue to life’s challenges, the number of children in need of help was greater than ever before. Fortunately, the desire to help more needy children has also grown stronger. In today’s society where parents are busy with work away from the home, it is common for children to be left on their own or under the care of another individual. When they are sent to school, teachers are given the responsibility of taking care of children and sometimes children lack appropriate instruction to t help them in their journey into adulthood. Many times they are misled and end up making wrong decisions.

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We therefore believe that it is therefore important to “train up a child in the way he should go (and in keeping with his individual gift or talent) and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Prov. 22:6 (Amplified Bible)

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Education

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We currently run three schools (two primary and one secondary) where over 700 disadvantaged slum children IMG_0988are given an opportunity to learn and acquire skills for self-development in a loving and supportive environment. Children are encouraged to develop academically, spiritually, physically and socially and use their unique gifts and talents in ways that glorify God and benefit the community in general. We believe that with proper instruction and guidance, children will grow and develop into responsible and purposeful individuals who will in turn serve others.

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With more funds, we hope to increase our outreach to cater for more needy and underprivileged children across the nation, enabling them to have access to primary, secondary and post-secondary education.

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Our Feeding Program

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We operate three feeding centers in the city slums that also serve act as children’s church centers on The party w2weekends. Most of the children come from impoverished homes where hunger is a normal aspect of daily life. With donations and time from volunteers who serve at the center, children are assured of a meal when they drop in for activities such as singing, bible reading, sports, acting, movie watching and others. It is encouraging to see a smile on the face of a five-year-old child who is perhaps getting his only meal for the day. With the increasing number of children, it is not always possible to provide a full meal and sometimes a snack and glass of juice goes a long way.

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The Future:

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Performing Arts and Lifeskills Training Centre\r\nUganda is a culturally rich and diverse country and we intend to share this culture globally through establishing a performance arts centre where people from Uganda and around the world can come and experience the beauty and richness of Uganda’s culture by attending music and cultural programs at the centre.

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Uniquely gifted and talented children will also be given an opportunity to explore and develop their talents by enrolling in the different programs. These will include music, dance and drama; lifeskills training; craft making; environmental conservation and others. The centre will also develop and operate cultural and educational exchange programs which will promote international and intercultural communication and understanding.

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Skills training and entrepreneurship courses will also be offered to other community members in need e.g women and youth who have dropped out of school so that they are able to gain skills to improve their lives.

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Our Plan for Community Health Outreach

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Through community health workshops and seminars, participants will gain skills to prevent diseases. Topics will include HIV prevention, care and support; malaria prevention; child and maternal health; sanitation and basic hygiene. All workshops and seminars will be designed to specifically address health issues according to community needs.

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How to Get Involved

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We welcome support from individuals, schools, churches/faith-based organizations, colleges, universities, corporations and businesses in order to improve the lives of children and transform communities. Possible areas of partnership include:

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  • Child/teacher sponsorship – A contribution of US$ 30 per month would ensure that a child is able to attend school, get a uniform and a meal while at school; and also cover a teacher’s basic salary
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  •  Participation in a cross-cultural educational exchange program – we can host a visiting international group for a specified period of time as they attend any of our cultural/educational exchange programs. Advance planning will be made to enable individuals/groups to be matched to their desired areas of interest and skills
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  • Cultural tours – through the cultural exchange a performing team from Uganda will tour different parts of the world so as to share our culture with others
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  • Fairtrade – partnerships through creation of opportunities for distribution and selling of crafts and other artifacts produced by poor communities
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  • Fundraising – Support can be raised through hosting/promoting fundraising events
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