“These are our brothers and sisters”, says Semujju Timothy, one of the founders, who had nothing but a vision in 2008. There was a great need to improve the standards of living and impacting vocational skills into women and youth, strengthening child protection and structural mechanism, bringing closer social services to the society, providing information to people living with HIV/AIDS.
The organization is extending its services from wakiso district to Northern Uganda, after seeing the havoc of the 2-decade Joseph Kony War left on Northern Uganda. Two generations were not allowed to go to school, thousands of people were murdered, many fled out to Kampala ,Uganda’s capital, only to be exploited on the streets – financially and sexually. Many of them were children as young as five years old.
The war ended in 2006, yet northern Uganda is still behind of the rest of the country when it comes to infrastructures, education, even clean water. The project enlisted people from across the country after founding the Masajja Children Support Foundation (MCSF projects) in 2008. Together, we’ve worked diligently for the past four years from our main offices in Masajja(Kampala) to save people’s lives, give them tools and skills – and help them thrive.
- To improve the standards of living and impacting vocational skills into women and youth, strengthening child protection and structural mechanism, bringing closer social services to the society, providing information to people living with HIV/AIDS.
- Build permanent structures for accommodation, education and health in rural areas , so that residents will have access to them. For the case of Igel village in Lira District one of our current areas of operation, residents must walk for 6-30 kilometers to get to a school or a hospital, and structures – including homes – face dangers of collapsing due to heavy rains.
- Equip these structures with professional personnel and appropriate supplies, so that they have a greater impact. Currently, the only hospital in the region doesn’t have enough medications. Similarly, the teaching level at the only school in the area is low. Our structures will provide accommodations for the professional staff.
- Bring back the children who fled the war to Kampala’s streets. Reunite them with families – or place them in an orphanage if no family member is still alive – and provide them with education, healthcare and mentors.
- Educate the public on how to improve their health, and give them practical help. For this purpose, we have already taught breast cancer symptoms to women, provided condoms for safe sex – and much more.
- Drive the development to the area. Once we bring professional staff from across the country, have safe structures for people to live and give the local community skills and tools to re-create its own economy, infrastructures will improve and the work could be extended to the rest of northern Uganda.
- Collaborate with other organizations like world vision, Compassion and many others, to sponsor the children of northern Uganda and open up new worlds of opportunities to them.
We are grateful to have partnered with Arhipera Architects of Soros Foundation Romania. They designed the entire master plan for all the structures we intend to build. In addition, they provide us with technical support, which they will continue to provide until the construction projects come to and end. Read the Soros Foundation’s letter of support of MCSF.
Do you want to partner with us too? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how we can make a difference together.