Saturday, April 17, 2010

With Passion for Christ and Compassion for the Community!!!!!

At ACF today, it was a nice experience as we worked alongside the local people to clean our city Lungujja. With the charity race on the 27th - 03 – 2010 that not only helped us to establish our selves in ithe area, it also helped in a way of reaching to the local people with the love of Jesus and praying for our country and Africa at large. People call us “God sent People,”  we took a full five hours today to clean the area of Kintunzi town (near the ACF offices) to show how ACF is part of the local community.
One of the former presidents of our lovely country Uganda said that “ If you want to have a good and developing nation, educate the people, help the people live a disease free life and definitely the nation will develop.” These words, coupled with the theme of ACF of BUILDING A BETTER FUTURE FOR AFRICANS ONE PERSON AT A TIME, we had a day off to clean the town near our offices so that the people around us can live a health life thus fostering development in the area as a the major target for ACF Uganda.
 We are reaching out to many people in different ways. As it was in the days of Jesus Christ that the gospel was preached first to the Jews and then to the Gentiles so is ACF, first with the area of our roots and then to other areas of Uganda. This has attracted many people of the area where the we did our community work and this has give us the courage to plan and do many more community reach projects so as to help other people who are in need of our services.    

Thank you all for your support. May the living God richly bless you.

Friday, April 9, 2010

ACF community work on 17th.April.2010

Folks join us as we clean up our city on 17th.April.2010.
The Kampala district is composed of a good number of slums. Many people in the district live in slums like Katanga, Bwaise, Kalerwe, Kisenyi, Kivvulu, among others. Many “good and bad” Ugandans leave villages for greener pastures in cities. Yet in cities like Kampala people can find cheaper and affordable accommodation mainly in the slums. As a good neighbor to one of those popular places, I have been forced by their current state to jot down some of the pains such people account as part of their regular experiences.
Congestion is unavoidable in Kampala slums; shanty houses are too many and extremely close to one another. Yet most of these houses are rented out to people. Many people can afford renting only a room. The father, mother and children may occupy a room, which may also serve as the dinning, storeroom, bedroom, among other functions. Due to the large numbers in the room, some families force some of their children to sleep under the parents bed yet in more descent homes, a simple curtain separates the “master bedroom” from the children’s, which also doubles as a dinning room. The sourness or sweetness of the night is enjoyed by all the occupants of the room.
Moreover, congestion in the slums would not become such a menace if the buildings were descent and if such places had better infrastructure. However, to complicate the situation, the buildings and other infrastructures are otherwise. Most of the buildings in Kampala slums like Kivvulu are on get set just waiting for the go whistle yet some important facilities like toilets are scarce. Due to the scarcity of toilets, many people do “ease” themselves in polythene bags which are then thrown in nearby paths and water streams. The drainage system in such places is extremely substandard yet gullies dominate most of the slum roads.
The excessive rains which are currently experienced in most parts of Uganda have aggravated the situation in slums. Houses have been destroyed by floods, people have lost property and diseases like cholera are on rampage. Imagine a situation whereby somebody wakes up only to find his/her bed surrounded by dirty water as brown as “tonto” and most of the household items floating on the dirty and highly contaminated water. Water in the streams and other places is also stagnant, thereby providing ground for the rapid multiplication of mosquitoes, which makes the people more vulnerable to malaria.
More so, many children and adults move about bare footed in such a dirty environment. Children also find stagnant waters as good playgrounds. Half nakedness is so common amongst slum children because of the “itching poverty” yet hygiene and sanitation are also not a priority to many people since a good number of them still use unboiled water and put on dirty clothes among other things. Even in the local restaurants, sanitation is a problem.
Rats, bed bugs and cockroaches are recognizable family members in many homes and dogs patrol the whole slum all night in search for lovers and left overs.
Most people eat hardly enough food because of poverty. Most families enjoy only one meal a day and a balanced diet is still a dream to many. Not only does this affect slum people but also a good number of families in other parts of the country.