Monday, August 17, 2009
To reach out to Africa with ‘love’, care, hope, support and discipleship.1 John 3: 23, John 15: 17, Matthew 28:18-20
MISSION: We are giving Hope of a better today and an expectation of a Brighter tomorrow.
Focus - We need to keep the main thing; Matthew 6:33 & Amos 5:1-6
Whole-hearted Commitment - We need to remain dedicated to the Mission we set to drive us
Respect - Though we have different opinions, we appreciate them and value the originators
Passion - We breathe, eat and think our mission
We don't wander aimlessly; there are principles that guide us
Love - Matthew 22:37-39
Truth - Psalm 51:6
Faith - Hebrews 11:6
Wisdom - 1Kings 3:5-7 & James 3:17-18
Meekness - II Corinthians 10:1
GOAL: Having a God fearing, healthy and Self sustaining Africa.
Christian Empowerment Africa (CEA) is a Christian founded organization that started in 2006 by Mr. Muhumuza Francis with intentions of reaching out to our brothers and sisters throughout Africa with love, hope, care, support and building up youth and children in families, schools, churches and communities with Christian morals.
CEA is operating under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. CEA is a non profit making organization rendering services to people of all back ground irrespective of their colour, faith and belief.
The organization has 40 members and started reaching out through talk shows In December, 2008 CEA started supporting families in communities through counseling, guiding and providing them transport to go to VCT centre for medication and blood testing.
. The organization has been supporting these patients with transport to go for counseling services, Anti Retroviral (ARVs) Therapy and provision of food to the weak.
CEA has been getting funds from Watooto Church home cell, friends, members and well wishers 80% of the funds come from Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Aguma, the watooto church home cell leader and host. 20%of the funds from executive members. The funds have been used to cater for talk shows, transporting patients for Counseling and health care services and other activities. Because of limited resources, the activities of the organization are slow and restricted.
CEA is against all works of evil that is homosexuality, lesbianism, sex before marriage, infidelity, child sacrifice, theft, corruption and any other activities which tarnishes the Godly image that human nature is created to represent.
The issue of poverty is being tackled by use of income generating activities. This helps the communities from turning to un Godly ways of getting money (for example; commercial sex, robbery and corruption).
CEA we are to operate though out all urban and rural areas in all nations of Africa bringing hope
Our activities will be carried out to target two groups of people.
a) Youth and children
The activities for the youth and children will be carried out targeting both school and non-school goers
b) Under privileged
This category will include orphans, widows and widowers.
Objectives of the organization:
1. To increase awareness about HIV/ AIDS
2. To empower the beneficiaries to be self sustaining
3. To carry out discipleship
Activities to meet the organization’s objectives will include but not limited to:
1. Awareness about HIV/ AIDS
The use of projector to spread the message by display of useful video clips, counseling of those with HIV/AIDS, that there is still life after infection. The patients will be referred to centers that provide ARVs and other HIV care, advised on having a good diet, self control, confession and forgiveness through the Holy Spirit. (Romans 5:14-17, Galatians 5:16-26, 1 John 5:5-26) and overcoming stigma.
We shall organize free HIV counseling and testing services, drama competitions/ Music galas, outings, debates and conferences. (Proverbs 5&7, Thessalonians 4:1-8)
Through use of district teachers, school projects, Church leaders, youth leaders, people living with HIV/AIDS, local council leaders, celebrities and other key stakeholders to openly address the issue of HIV/AIDS to different communities.
2. Empowerment to be self sustaining
The initial phase will involve sending the members to internships with different organizations followed by supporting them in the field to work.
Later, tutors, equipment, carpentry workshops can then be set up.
This is a very good venture that we intend to encourage our members to do but for this Project to be more fruitful, land and market are very important constituents. We may initially hire land for brick making and then contact individuals and companies involved in house construction.
Tailoring and weaving for ladies, orphans and widowers thus they will be in position of sustaining them selves.
Bakery and home management and making of African crafts for ladies
Service delivery including mosquito nets and safe water supply
Computer training school; this is to also help the school goers when in the holidays.
Health competitions including all sporting activities and debates.
Agriculture promotion for those in villages (poultry keeping, goats, cattle rearing where applicable)
Small scale businesses for the widows and widowers so as to raise their standards of living and having a meaningful life
Provision of basic facilities to the orphans and other categories of people for example food, clothing, medication, scholastic material, beddings and so on.
Scholarships and bursaries for the orphans though liaising with other Non Governmental Organizations that advocate for a similar course
Setting up orphanages for the orphans and homes for the widows through liaising with other Non governmental organizations that advocate for a similar course. These points seem to be lumped up in a way that does no flow. Initially the points were following each other nicely under the subheadings.
This will be done by incorporating the youth into church, school and village activities, visitation and follow up of those infected and affected with HIV/AIDS in homes, schools, villages and churches using the example of Jesus Christ, treat them as you want to be treated, giving them food, drinks, clothing, shelter, nursing care, comfort, compassion and love (James 2:8-25, Luke 10: 25-37, Matthew 25: 31-46)
We shall teach the youth to acknowledge that God is the creator such that they do not give up with life for with God all things are possible. By faith they should trust God, give their hearts, life, and bodies to the lord Jesus Christ (James 5: 13-20, Psalms 23: 27, 2 Corinthians 4: 13, 5: 10. 1 John 5: 11-15)
Continual sensitization of the youth with behavioral change messages will be key in our approach to HIV prevention. Abstinence until marriage, being faithful when you are married, basing on biblical foundation in schools, churches and village centers through talk shows, seminars, crusades, conferences and Christian movies and awarding the best students will be used and emphasized during our campaign against HIV.
Training of youth and ushering them in to evangelization programs to reach Africa for Christ .matt 28:18
Uniting of all churches, Christians and leaders as one body of Christ Jesus, psalms 133, Romans 15: 5 Eph 4: 3, 4: 13, Col 3: 14
Challenges currently faced
Beyond what CEA project can offer to the infected youth, there is a challenge of supporting their families and this to be self sustaining; therSubjecte is need for additional support to start income generating activities. This is meant to create an atmosphere of good standards of living to avoid bad practices like prostitution, having sugar daddies, gay groups and cross generational sex in the youth among others.
§ Most of the youth do not go for HIV Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) programs. Thus they do not know their HIV serostatus.
Most of the HIV patients are weak and lack jobs, here is thus need to support families of people infected and affected with HIV financially. The money is used for; school fees for their children, food, transport to VCT centers and other materials.
§ Production of posters, tracts and brochures could not be done due to resource constraints.
§ Support to behavior change communication (BCC) which started in May 2008 at Victory Church of Christ in Luzira was not sufficient to meet the unlimited needs of the youth due to scarce resources and additional training to increase confidence in handling youth issues that currently need a lot of guiding in the right path.
§ The Christian Empowerment Africa had to scale down implementation of planned activities due to scarce resources. We are however, looking forward to step up planned activities in the anticipated scale up of resources.
§ We experienced the death of two HIV/AIDS infected patients, whom we had just started supporting with counseling and guidance, feeding and transport to the VCT centers. Due to scale down of resources, we have not been able to meet all their needs in terms of feeding, praying, guidance and counseling, parental care, and love brackets as is supposed to be in John 15:11; 15:17; 3:16, 1 John 8:23
§ CEA lacks enough man power such as field counselors, nurses, social workers, and other qualified personnel to provide services to our members. The organization also lacks funds to facilitate the few resourceful people that we have.
§ CEA now has 220 patients and 130 are HIV/Aids victims. A total of 180 orphans and 30 vulnerable children already registered and many are coming to our office for help each day. 80% of the orphans are child and out of schools, in serious lack of food, medication, care, love and support. 20 % of the orphans are infected with HIV/Aids while, 70% of the children are affected.
CEA has not yet supported any of them with school fees. 55 % of these infected CEA is taking care of are youth aged 18years – 45 years and in a ratio of 1: 3, men to women of the percentage, and 35 % are aged between 46 years – 82 years and in a ratio of 1 : 5 men to women of the percentage. 15 % are children aged 1 year – 17 year women and children have opened up to the fight against HIV/Aids then men
§ 98 % of the 220 patients are very poor and have lost hope for better future, 80 % are women while 20 % are men. They have no income generating sources to start up their own business. And 85 % of the HIV/ Aids victims have other diseases like cancer, gonorrhea, syphilis
§ 90% of both infected and affected patients needs love the word of God from churches to stand and have hope of eternal life. 1 Tim 1: 6, 2Cor 41: 7-18, Mat 191: 6 ,,and John 5:11-13
What still needs to be done
We have to continue liaising and dialoging with our partners like; Kiswa Health Center, Nsambya Hospital, Mulago Hospital, Butabika Hospital and Murchison bay Hospital. These are some of the hospitals where we refer patients who test positive for HIV. We later visit these hospitals to get updates on how these patients are being managed..
There is need to involve youth living with HIV/AIDS in supporting other youth to open up through interactions, debates, conferences and testimonies in the talk shows , pamphlets among others at a greater level.
Continued liaising with the partners to support the needs of the infected is very crucial so that the issue of poverty and other diseases that is a big problem can be addressed at a large and sustainable scale..
Some of these partners like churches, HIV/AIDS project, income generating projects, family network projects and many others to support related activities in (CEA) programs need to be at the forefront of this project.
Networks with the churches partnering with us has to be strengthened to continue reaching the youth in schools, families, communities and churches
Provision of beddings like mattress, blankets, bed sheets, cloths and mosquito nets to both infected and affected people who are locking them and cannot self sustain them selves.
There is need for production of posters, brochures and other reading materials to reach the targeted beneficiaries in different local languages who require them for continuous reference. These are to act as both informative of the programs we are running and educative giving information on the different issues concerning HIV/AIDS.
In collaboration with our partners we need to emphasize behavior change programs so as to cub the spread of HIV. The programs that have already been established have to be effectively, run, monitored evaluated and consolidated.
Access to VCT services should be increased by taking our VCT campaigns to schools, churches and other communities. Health workers, opinion leaders, people having HIV/AIDS and policy makers will be at the fore front in encouraging people to go for VCT, those infected with HIV to live a positive life and those who are HIV negative to live carefully and remain so..
All those people who will be found to have HIV/AIDS will be referred and encouraged to access medical care. Where possible we shall feed some of our patients.
We hope to build capacity through partnering with organizations that carry out related projects. We shall aim at creating income generating activities, to fight disease and poverty. This will be done by increasing income earnings, building up families in unity and the love of Jesus Christ.
We shall teach biblical principles that build people’s morals as to curb and eliminate bad morals like gay groups, lesbianism, and drug abuse in youth. We shall carry out these activities in schools, families, churches and other communities. This will be done through counseling and guidance, films, posters, brochures and behavior change communication
We shall start activities to fighting against human sacrifice, abortion, divorce, early marriage, sexual abuse, rape and other similar evil practices in communities, families, schools and churches.
The patients that CEA is taking care of are not only suffering from poverty and HIV/AIDS but have other diseases such as gonorrhea, syphilis, tuberculosis, cancer, malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea just to mention but a few. Coming out openly to recognize that these diseases as serious and life threatening, yet they can be addressed or prevented early enough is very important and cost-effective.
Discrimination from information or services to any one on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, rank or HIV status shall be promoted in schools, communities, families at all times and mechanisms established to ensure that every body is protected from all forms of discrimination and stigma.
Promotion of hygiene and sanitation in our patients’ communities, families, homes. Counselors will have discussions to address this issue.
Behavior Change Communication (BCC) was arranged, and in May 2008 over 180 youths was given face –to-face talks in two separate meetings on issues concerning HIV/AIDS by religious leaders, medical doctors and councilors.
Field visits mainly to the homes of the infected patients were done and patients were escorted to the VCT centers which has shown great love and hope to these patients and their families..
Face-to-face interactions and group sensitization meetings were held with in the patients’ areas of operation. The other activity done included prayers as God is the master healer and director of all, we have greatly encouraged them through these meetings.
Some of our patients (HIV positive) have had their health status greatly improved since CEA started supporting them and thanks to God for what he has done in the lives of these people.
National Breast Cancer Care Fund has openly stepped up to support CEA patients with cancer and related problems thus increasing their hope of living through treatment, brochures, education and counseling support services
Luzira community church donated to CEA 60 mosquito nets and boxes of vitamins to patients. Senior pastor Enock promised to work together with the organization in supporting and empowering the community.
In January 2009, total of 15 people where sponsored by CEA with transport to VCT center for testing, 7 were HIV negative and rest positive.
In February and March a total of 20 were tasted and 12 tasted positive.
In April, May and June a total of 60 people were tasted and 38 tasted positive and this shows that Aids disease is spreading wide and increase of awareness in the community is needed.
Christian Empowerment Africa hopes to have the sources listed below as the potential funders for the different projects that will be undertaken..
ii) Donor projects fighting against poverty, HIV/AIDS,
iii) Income generating projects as a result of training by Christian Empowerment Africa (CEA)
iv) Fund raising
And these are the programs we are planning to carry out as soon as we are registration to empower the patients in the community.
1. 700 Local breeds (300 cocks and 400 hens). Cost of purchase is 2,000 Uganda shillings per bird totaling to 1.4 million Uganda shillings. (700 X 2,000)..
2. Feeding cost 2,000 shillings for each bird until growth. 700 X 2,000 = 1.4 million Ugandan shillings.
3. Medication estimated 1,000 for each bird until growth. 700 X 1,000 = 700,000 Ugandan shillings
4. One bicycle for transport at 120,000 Ugandan shillings.
5. Housing to accommodate 200 birds each. For 3 houses, 800,000 X 3 = 2.4 million Ugandan shillings.
6. 10% administration fee at 602,000 Ugandan shillings.
Grand total: 6,000,000 shillings
Total: 6,602,000 Ugandan Shillings
NB: The land for the structure has been provided by the patients awaiting only the money for the structure to be set up.
Addition on poultry
Purchasing of 400 hens and 300 cocks, after 9 months 200 cocks will be sold at a cost of 3/4 times or more the total purchases.
The money will be used to loan the patients, providing transport to VCT centre for blood tasting e.t.c
After hatching chicks will be given out to patients in a recycling way.
Labour will be provided by the patients in their groups and position of residence.
We shall purchase two bicycles to help in transporting feeds for the poultry and piggery programs each.
1. Purchasing of 100 pigs at 35,000 Ugandan shillings totaling to 3,500,000 Ugandan shillings.
2. Medication for each pig estimated at 5,000 Ugandan shillings each until fully grown. These totals up to 500,000 Ugandan shillings for 100 pigs.
3. Some special feeds like maize mill estimated at 5,000 for each pig totaling to 500,000 Ugandan shillings for the 100 pigs.
4. Bicycle for 120,000 Ugandan shillings.
5. Timber, nails, iron sheets, cement and sand. Ten pigs per sty each sty costing 400,000 Ugandan shillings totaling to 4,000,000 Ugandan shillings.
6. 10% administration fee at 862,000 Ugandan shillings.
Grand total: 8,620,000 shilling
Total: 9,482,000 Ugandan shillings.
Additional on piggery
All labour in feeding, structure construction and any thing required will be provided by the members.
We shall purchase 30 male and 70 female pigs. After 9 months of feeding, we shall sale off 20 male pigs at a cost twice the total cost of expenditure or more depending on the size and health.
The money will be given out to members in small groups say 20-30 people to start up their own small business then after pay back the money in a given period of time (loaning patients money in groups) to empower them.
The female pigs will be given out to patients after the first few sets of piglets are collected and 50% of the piglets there after will be given back to the project after the next birth and then total custody will be for the patient for the next birth and so on. It will be a recycling thing.
After a female give birth for 4 times, it will be sold out and the money to be loaned to patients in groups. The money loaned after being brought back will be given to others too.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
CO – EXECUTIVES MEMBERS
NAMES RESPONSIBILITY CONTACTS
Ms Nalongo kalungi
Counselor - Kirombe Bbina +256779522249
Ms Martha Apio
Counselor Kisenyi Luzira +256772010595
Ms Tungu Phoebe
Counselor Mutungo-Bbina +256779385324
Ms Kintu Honey
Ass; General Secretary +256703046055
Ass; Coordinator +256773294995
Ms Easter Namayaja
Mrs. Edith Ojango
Spiritual Teacher +256712658658
NAMES RESPONSIBILITY CONTACTS
Mr. Alule Deogratius
General Secretary +256714-607511
Field Manager +256752984489
Mr. Murungi Geoffrey
Project Manager +25677557498
Mr. Peniel Rwendeire
Coordinating officer +256774843081
Dr. Aggrey Mukose
Health Coordinator +256772-427800
Dr. Justine Mukose
Health Advisor +256772-489555
Mr. Aguma Aaron
Strategy Advisor +256772825263
Mr. Muhumuza Francis
Executive Director +256774-816066
Below is a list of some of the biblical verses that we lean on daily to make the lives of those infected with HIV in our communities so as to become better and have hope: Matthew 28:18-20; 10:37-39; 5:15-16, Luke 10: 25-37, Matthew 25: 31-46, 2 Corinthians 2:14-17, 1 Peter2:6-10, 1 Peter 3:9, Isaiah 54:2, because of grace we are able to be what we are and live a good life.
Christian Empowerment Africa highly appreciates the contributions and support offered in any way regardless of the size and donor in line with our mission and goal.
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God bless you