Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Africa Mission Trip to Uganda [Summer Missions]

Go on a Mission Trip to Africa.  Greater Impact.  Make A Difference.  Have Fun.
Looking for a Mission trip to Africa? Consider Uganda with ACF Missions.  Located in Eastern Africa, Uganda has a history of civil war, war crimes against humanity, high rate of child headed families and poverty.


August 2011:

August 6th , 2011-August 20th.2011 [2 weeks]
December 2011:

December19th, 2011-December29.2011[2 weeks]
Uganda is one of the world’s poorest nations, a dismal 180 out of 182 countries (UN Human Development Report). It also has 20,000 amputees from the war who are begging on the streets. There are many places to serve but fewer with greater needs.


“Reach out” will take on a new meaning when you work in un-reached people of  Totolim Village and  Tora Highland. You’ll develop relationships in schools, detention centers, handicapped homes, and orphanages. You’ll give testimonies, perform dramas, dance, puppets, or play soccer with the local amputee league! You can give a loving touch that will speak volumes to the Ugandans.


Uganda is a beautiful country but one of the poorest in the world! As you shop local markets for djembes (African drums), bright African clothes, or a goat (alright, maybe not a goat) you will help the local people support themselves. You will end the mission trip not the same.

 Spiritual Growth

It’s best summed up by a former Africa-American student, “America is filled with people who go to church but whose lives may not really reflect Jesus. But in Uganda, when you become a Christian, your whole life changes! I saw the true joy that comes from knowing God, apart from circumstances and everything else in our lives. It challenged me to have that joy in my own life as I go back home.”

So you'd like to do go on short term mission but not sure where to start? Click here to contact us. We will be glad to see you.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Day of African Child.

When we talk about the Day of the African Child, it is in remembrance of those children who were massacred in 1960 in South Africa while advocating their right to better education and living conditions.

But in the Ugandan context, there are African children whom we need to pay attention to—children living on the streets and other destitute ones.An alarming number of young children in Uganda are surviving on Kampala’s cruel streets; foraging for scraps of food, begging, stealing or doing the most menial of jobs.

The children on the streets are there for a reason. Society seems to see them as mere dirt, a societal menace! But they are a looming problem if not addressed by the Government and civil society organizations. A child on the street is the true African child who must attract our attention!

So as we celebrate the Day of the African Child today, with its theme focusing on children living on the streets, it is prudent that we look at the conditions under which these children live; what kind of family backgrounds they come from and therefore the factors that could have contributed to their situation.

Only then shall we be able to address their plight. Ugandans, let us think and act even as we celebrate the Day of African Child.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


The most precious gift on earth is life. But some say life can look incomplete without a child. Children are our utmost source of pleasure and love in the family. At birth, children come with a lot of joy to families and communities. They are also one of the best yardsticks for measuring the social development levels of nations. For example, development or lack of it is usually looked at in terms of infant mortality and child mortality rates, among others.

ACF Kumi Sponsored children.

Infant mortality means children dying before their first birthday, while child mortality refers to children dying before they are five years of age. These are essential in understanding the welfare levels of a nation. Whereas Uganda has made remarkable gains in ensuring that children are protected from the major and common child illnesses like measles and polio, the child mortality levels are still high.
The current challenges of raising children in Uganda are intrinsically integrated in the overall forces affecting the global development trends, such as increasing human population which has impacted adversely on the ecological balance. These forces have impacted negatively on family values and survival strategies and have increased the vulnerability of populations already severely affected by globalization.

ACF USA Young Adult Chi-Chi serving in Children's Department in Kumi

Children and women face the biggest survival challenges. Uganda, with a population of 26 million, has a child population of about 19 million. About 60 percent of these children experience difficulties in accessing basic needs such as health care, good education, clean water, a balanced diet and permanent shelter.
There is also an emerging catastrophe of orphans and other vulnerable children (OVCs). Civil wars, poverty, HIV/AIDS and other diseases as well as social problems like family breakups are to blame for the many OVCs in our communities.
Some of the Orphans Sponsored by ACF in Fortportal (High School)

In Uganda, an orphan is a child below 18 years of age who has lost either or both parents, while a vulnerable child is one living in conditions that are more likely to cause damage or are causing damage to his or her survival and development. We define a ‘total orphans’ as a child who has lost both biological parents while that one who has lost one biological parents is known as ‘half orphan’. In Uganda we tend to mean the ‘total orphan’ whenever we talk of orphan.
The exact number of orphans in Uganda is not known, but estimates have put the number of orphans at about two million. These are children who have lost parents due to various illnesses and natural or man-made calamities, including war and accidents. Sadly, parental deaths due to AIDS accounts for 45 percent of all orphaned children.
Orphans Sponsored by ACF receiving Pens and Pencils from Henry

Whereas it is very easy to ascertain the child who has lost a biological parent, it is very difficult to identify all children who are vulnerable to bad conditions. What is the yardstick? Who does the measurement? And how precise are the measurements, whether quantitatively or qualitatively done? Policy makers, development workers and research experts have contributed greatly in designing programmes and tools for reaching out to these desperate young people. But despite the numerous programmes and interventions in place, the problem of OVCs remains one of Uganda’s biggest social development constraints.

As development workers, we seem to be at crossroads because of the increasing problem of orphans. Nurturing, protecting and caring for orphans, and integrating them in welfare and development priorities at both local and national levels, remains one of the country’s biggest challenges. How best to sustain the many orphans in our communities, and whose responsibility it is, will be focus this year. Healthy children for a wealthy Uganda.