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Uganda f“or God and My country”

Capital City: Kampala Area: 236,040 km2 91,136 sq miles Water: 15.39%

Popula!on: In 2007 esmated at 30,900,000

Uganda is home to many different ethnic groups, none of whom form a majority of the populaon. Around forty different languages are currently spoken in the country. English became the official language of Uganda aer independence. The most widely locally spoken language in Uganda is Luganda. Uganda has seen one of the most effecve naonal responses to the HIV/ AIDS pandemic on the African connent. Following the end to the civil war in 1986, the new government created and implemented comprehensive policies that dramacally slowed the rate of new infecons. It has been esmated that the HIV prevalence stood at 18.5% in the early 1990s but declined to 5% in 2002.

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ToRCH is a department of Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Uganda. YWAM is an interdenominaonal, internaonal mission agency which was established in Uganda in 1986. ToRCH aims to be a channel of God’s blessing to the poor and needy, working together with communies to integrate ate acvies which help social physical, and spiritual growth. th. According Acco Ac cord co to cens nsus in 2002, census Chrisans made up about 84% of the populaon.

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“We pay special aenon to the challenges of HIV/AIDS and the needs of women and children. We work alongside the local church to help it grow and fulfill its role in the development process. We aim to be a model for others, so that our experiences can assist other programmes and communies.” Sam Kisoco - ToRCH Director

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noun (pl. families) 1) A group consisng of two parents and their children living together as a unit. 2) A group of people related by blood or marriage. Oxford Dic!onary


Sam and his wife Irene, Directors of YWAM, bring a fresh expression to the meaning of “family.� Like many Chrisan families in Uganda, they have adopted 16 children during their married life, of which various were orphans due to HIV.


Redefining “family”... Like many couples in Uganda the Kisolos’ house has expanded with the increasing number of children they have received as their own. One at a !me, each of these ar!culate, beau!ful children introduced themselves, and welcomed us to their home. Whilst the YWAM team relaxed on the couch, the girls happily sat on the floor, leaning on each other’s shoulders and playing with each other’s hair as they giggled. It was impossible to tell which were their own four, and which 16 were the foster children, whose biological families were unwilling or unable to take them in. Where did these children come from? “When Sam and I were going to get married,” Irene said, “we found out that we both had a heart for women and children. Neither of us struggled in this area.” Sam’s sister was sick when he and Irene first married. Irene took care of her and also her child, who died when she was only a year old. Then Irene’s sister died and the Kisolos took in her son. But when they began a YWAM counseling ministry for AIDS pa!ents in outlying villages. They worked every day with people who needed homes for their children.

The Kisolos just kept saying yes. And if someone asked her today to take more children;... She’d say yes again!


Women at Risk (WAR) ministry is based in Mbiko and aims to help women leave prostuon. Iniated in 2007, Mary and the team lead weekly bible studies and run a 12 step recovery programme. Many of these women come to Mbiko as a result of either disfuncional or family abuse, the loss of both parents to HIV or simple poverty. They unsuccessfully search for employment, resulng in frustraon which ends up in prostuon. With important issues such as family reconciliaon, trust and self-esteem being faced daily, speciďŹ c counselling is also oered.

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“We are helping to bring hope and healing to women living in prostuon. I also come from the same background. Aer I came out of it I saw a tremendous change in my life and felt peace and inner joy that I had always searched for. I then started going to the streets, bars and clubs, somemes I would sleep there and meet some of the girls that I now have in the programme. Others I meet separately. When I started befriending them slowly they started trusng me and eventually I started vising their homes. Aer we became friends I invited them to my house, so that I could talk to them on a deeper level and ask them why they are engaged in prostuon. Eventually they accepted and I started teaching them cras as a way of learning some skills so that they can generate income.


Geng the girls is not as easy as it may seem. They are surviving and making money, so when I get there, I find they are just negave. So I pray. Prayer is the biggest part of this ministry. We do alot of intercession and prayer walks. We pray that God will touch the girls, girls who are red, girls who are wanng to know a beer life. Changing someones mindset is not easy and so as long as the person has been called by God, God will give them the grace, compassion and passion to do the work. I have already met some girls who are really wanng the change. My desire is that they will come and be able to be outside of the environment they are in now. At the moment I am not able to afford to do this, but my wish is that they come, visit and share my home with me and that it will be a half way house. We are doing this work by faith. God really brings people at the right me, so we are hoping to take in 10 girls each year. The only words I have for them is there is hope in God. The only way hanged is through Jesus Christ who can change their lives as he changed mine.” MARY - Leader Lea Leade derr of WAR


kangulumira integrated health

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KIPH is ToRCH’s most far-reaching ministry, striving to combat HIV/AIDS and related problems by offering low cost treatment to the people in the Kangulumira area. We opened an outpaent clinic in 1998 to offer basic medical care, health educaon, prayer and counselling to anyone in the 38 surrounding villages. DAVID - KIPH Director


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Is happiness not a state of the soul and a smile not priceless? “Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.”

Today, this clinic with no running water or electricity sees more than 3000 paents every month, about half of whom are treated for malaria. Our laboratory offers tesng for HIV/AIDS, pregnancy, syphilis, tuberculosis, and HIV/ AIDS. It offers counselling services and a monthly support group for those affected by AIDS, plus home visitaon for those suffering with AIDS.


Practically s erving the community unity Jane received medical training from YWAM and now works as a nurse in her own community. “I decided to work in this place because it has a heart of caring. I feel kindness and want to give that kindness to others.”

“Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; and my hope is in you all day long.”


spring of hope Aims to bring awareness and develop general knowledge in local communies. Bringing a greater understanding about disabilies and what can be done.


In 2002, Teresha Clark and Waswa Mawazi worked with YWAM in Kangulumira Health Educaon. Whilst vising the villages they recall not seeing any disabled children and began to wonder why. They soon discovered that there were in fact hundreds of disabled children. However, no support was available, leaving many bond by lies, fear and ignorance, suffering from outright discriminaon, and even physical, emoonal and sexual abuse. “Uganda has had such a negave atude towards disabilies, that when we found children in such shocking situaons we asked ourselves: what can we do?”


Springs of Hope was launched in 2004. Today they work in 5 specific areas: Deafness/significant hearing impairment, Blindness/significant sight problems, Learning disabilies, Epilepsy and Physical disabilies. “Children with disabilies are now accepted in the local schools; 5 years ago this would never have happened. It’s a long slow process, atudes cannot be changed overnight.” Teresha smiles as she remembers the 15 deaf children that are now learning sign language in 3 different schools. Teresha and the team work alongside the community giving support to approx. 90 children and their families per month. A lot of their me is spent vising homes, building up relaonships and inving them to the clinic.


Teresha fully understands the sgma of being ostracized. Bullied at school for her illiteracy, at the age of nine Teresha was experiencing speech and hearing problems, not to menon her severe dyslexia. She was physically beaten and abused and remembers being “really tortured because I was different.” It is with a deep passion that Teresha affects many people’s hearts and lives. Today she is not alone offering counselling, advice and praccal support but rather the local villagers are helping themselves, having experienced first-hand the transforming power of love.


When Sylvia Pinkney’s husband died in 1982, she said she “just grew closer and closer to the Lord.” She had a comfortable house in Hull, England and planned to stay there and work full-me for the Lord.” But that soon changed. “The Lord made it clear that I had to give everything up, sell my house,” Sylvia said.

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“I joined YWAM and came to Kenya and Uganda. We had a team of 28 and not one of us intended to stay. It was just too hard.” But then Sylvia met someone who said they had been praying for a mother figure to work with their ministry. She “just knew” it was for her. At first she did hospital ministry. Then two friends said they wanted to sponsor a child in Uganda. By 1992, all of her family and friends sponsored children.


“What movates me to do this is that so many children need to go to school,” this intrepid 72-yearold with the mischievous smile said. “The children are so bright here - but their parents are just too poor to send them to school.” Sponsoring a child in primary school is fairly affordable for most people, but as they go to the next level, it gets more expensive. If they do well at A levels, Sylvia moves them on. If not, they can go to vocaonal schools. “When they get as high as university,” she said, “we need about six sponsors to cover them. I chose children who are really poor. Aune Sylvia has to buy maress and blankets and things for them to use at school.” Child Educaon Sponsorship currently supports nearly 100 children. A dozen are in government schools so they get a primary educaon, but Sylvia’s goal is bigger than that. She expects them to complete their university degrees. But on the heels of heartache, there are also many, many, many success stories. “Dennis is one of six boys,” Sylvia said. “Clever boy. At the moment he is in nursing school. It is wonderful to see this boy whose mommy deserted him, from a mud hut with mud floors, do so well. He is one of the students who has really appreciated the help.” Another girl has just graduated. She is a caterer, a supervisor in Kampala. Another girl is a double orphan—a beauful, Chrisan schools. Four straight A levels. “I could have stayed in my big comfortable house,” she concluded. “But I am blessed” She said she thanks the Lord every day that He called her to Uganda.


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