More than a third of the inhabitants live below the poverty level. Children are the primary victims of this deplorable economic situation as their families cannot ensure their health or well-being, particularly in remote regions of the country and slums in the city. Some children are sent to live in towns and cities as it is thought that they will be better off living in urban areas. Instead, they often end up living on the streets. Astonishing is that 50% of the population in Uganda is under the age of 14. With such a low age, it is the world’s youngest country. The average life span of Ugandans is 50-60 years.
Due to extreme poverty, access to education is a privilege from which only the most fortunate children benefit.
The objective of our program in Uganda is to help children between 6-18 years of age. It is designed to assist young underprivileged population to attend school by providing them with school tuition, uniforms and supplies, as well as casual clothing. The outreach has begun in 2017 supporting 11 beneficiaries with plans to expand as resources permit.
With the mentors in the Reaching Beyond Words-Uganda who are committed to seeing the children succeed, positive results have already been seen. The mentors visit the children both at home and at school with an objective of checking on the social behavior, spiritual life, and health of each child, establishing the challenges/issues the child is experiencing both at home and at school and seeing the way forward on how to help him/her.
Reaching Beyond Words-Uganda organizes regular Center Days with the beneficiaries. Through these Center Days the children are getting more familiar with the purpose of Reaching Beyond Words existence as a new family to them. The children are taught Bible stories and Biblical principles and have the opportunity to ask many questions.
Even though our program in Uganda is relatively young, we can already see positive outcome in the lives of the families we serve. The overall attitudes have been changing not only in the children but also their parents/guardians. A case in point is Samuel’s mother, Ms. Annet. She never used to greet people in her neighborhood and when other people greeted her, she would not respond. However, since her son was enrolled in the school, she has transformed completely and now she smiles at people. Her neighbors testify to this transformation.
We thank God for the great change He is causing in the lives of these children and their families. We look forward to witnessing more testimonies as we continue our program in the years to come.
We provide children between 6-18 years of age, with opportunities for obtaining good education so that they may have better perspectives and break free out of the spiral of poverty and be self-reliant. We provide them with school tuition, uniforms and supplies, as well as casual clothing.
Raising a generation based on Godly Christian principles.
RBW is dedicated to re-build confidence and trust among orphans and other needy children, young adults and widows/single mothers in Uganda through sound education. To instill in the beneficiaries hope that God who began a good work in their lives shall bring it unto completion. (Philippians 1:6)
Reaching Beyond words Uganda is managed by a Board of Directors comprising individuals who are committed Christians, from diverse backgrounds and expertise. The board is formed for a period of two years; members of this board meet once every quarter.
Doubtless, education is the most powerful catalyst for social transformation. RBW is dedicated to re-build confidence and trust among orphans and other needy/under privileged children, in Uganda through sound education. To instill in the beneficiaries hope that God who began a good work in their lives shall bring it unto completion.
Education is both the means as well as the end to a better life: the means because it empowers an individual to earn his/her livelihood and the end because it increases one's awareness on a range of issues and in the process help him/her evolve as a better citizen.