Page 1


Annual Report 2012

TUKUTANA ANNUAL REPORT 2012 “Being an Olympic Gold Medalist, I appreciate and value great coaches. A great coach is someone who believes in you and teaches you truth about how to operate at your very best. My wife and I enjoy supporting Tukutana because this organization has a great coach in their director, Roxanne Robbins. My wife, Shantel, and I have known Roxanne for many years and we know her commitment to coming along-side the beautiful Ugandan people to train, equip, and create sustainable change for the most vulnerable. It is very rewarding to see our offerings have such a tangible impact." Josh Davis, Olympic Gold Medalist, Captain of USA Olympic Swim Team (2000 Sydney Games), Former World Record Holder

Our Team

Roxanne Robbins, Founder, Director Roger Morton, Finance Director Sunday Morris, Operations Manager Agenorwot Medina, Program Manager

Liz and Ben Bohanon (USA, Uganda) Sseko Designs, Co-Founders and Owners Josh Davis (USA) Olympian, Gold Medalist Tim Kruetter (Uganda) Cornerstone Development, Director

Mbabu Felistus, Production Professional

Sean Martin (USA) Golfweek Magazine, Senior Writer

Kyalimpa Harriet, Production Professional

David McGaw (USA) Embarcadero Partners, Director of Strategy

Nsamba Fred, Security Guard

Our Mission To provide essential resources and holistic development opportunities for East Africa’s orphans and vulnerable children, and the people and communities that care for them.


Board of Advisors

Dr. Helena Nam MB Bch (UK) MRCP FRCR (London, Uganda) Consultant Clinical Oncologist International Hospital Kampala Tukutana is a U.S. 501(c)3 project of Visions Made Viable, and Uganda affiliate of Cornerstone Development.

Matthew 25:40

Tukutana’s Biblical Impetus practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you. Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. Be Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. of widows. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all! Romans 12:9-16

Isaiah 1:17

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring one another. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to


Deuteronomy 10:19 Show love to foreigners.

I Corinthians 3:5 Complete the work the Lord gives to us.


“For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.”

ANNUAL REPORT 2012 PHOTO: Josephine Ssebambulide with a handful of the thousands of East African orphans she has helped provide beds for.

Letter from Roxanne Robbins, Director Dear Friends, As I reflect on 2012, I find myself thinking of Josephine Ssebambulide (pictured above), the beautiful Ugandan woman who inspired me to launch Tukutana. When I first met Josephine, I thought all was right in her world. She had a loving husband, two beautiful children, an education, a good job with Molly and Paul Orphan School, and a permanent smile on her face. Eager to better serve the children at the school where she taught, Josephine attended a series of child development and FirstAID trainings I facilitated through Samaritan’s Purse. I marveled at Josephine’s enthusiastic participation in the course and her desire to help people in her native country. In addition to the seminars, I organized a KidsGames for 1,600 orphans and vulnerable children.The event brought children together from orphan homes, slums and community projects throughout Kampala to learn Biblical principles and valuable life skills while having fun and making new friends.




Part of the KidsGames’ curriculum included a compassion project that entailed all 1,600 boys and girls contributing to their community through a service project. On that day, my Samaritan’s Purse driver, Sam, took me all over Kampala to take pictures of the 1,600 kids serving their neighbors. When we arrived at Molly and Paul School, I found Josephine standing knee-deep in sewage. She was humbly shoveling filth to lead by example and serve the community. The next week, I told my Ugandan colleague, Rihanne, how moved I was by Josephine’s humility and servant’s heart. Rihanne replied, “Josephine always smiles but she’s really struggling. Because of a small dorm fire (no one was hurt), the government closed the school where Josephine’s been teaching. She now has no income.” Josephine didn’t want her children to know she was unemployed so daily she left home, at the time she would normally go to work, sat on an abandoned school bus and prayed. She came, unpaid, to every training I hosted and even waded through muck to serve others while she patiently waited on God to meet her needs and the needs of her family. Knowing that Josephine did not want a handout, I offered to come alongside her by giving her work. I took a small amount of personal funds, hired tailors to make handbags and other items from African fabrics, and found a market where Josephine could sell them. Through a small investment, I was able to provide tailors and Josephine with urgently needed income. I discovered firsthand the value of social enterprise, and went

PHOTO: Josephine p a c k a g i n g Tu k u t a n a merchandise for shipment to the United States.

on to launch Tukutana to help more ladies like Josephine. The resulting story for Tuktuana continues to unfold, with the past year recapped on the following pages. (Please take time to browse). But for now, back to Josephine. Shortly after I designed a job for Josephine, I received a call from Jennifer Gash, the founder of a Nashville-based ministry called Sweet Sleep. Jenn asked if I knew anyone that could work part-time to help Sweet Sleep bring beds to orphaned children in Uganda. After witnessing Josephine’s heart, work ethic, integrity, and attention to detail, I highly recommended her to Jenn. Josephine started with Sweet Sleep as a contractor and did such remarkable work the ministry hired her full time. Today, Josephine is Sweet Sleep’s Uganda Country Director! She’s helped and continues to help thousands of orphaned children receive beds and linens while earning

a solid income to provide for her own family. When Josephine finds me to tell me the latest ways God’s provided for her, she always drops to her knees, grasps my hands and - with tears streaming down her face - says, “Auntie, guess what God’s done this time?” I especially loved hearing Josephine announce that Sweet Sleep was bringing her to the United States to share about their ministry at colleges and churches. Josephine stayed with host families in Nashville that smothered her with love -- and she even got to visit New York City! Thank you, friends of Tukutana, for helping our organization serve ladies like Josephine. Whether it’s bringing women into our fold or helping them find ideal work with other programs, it’s a joy to invest in their lives. Thank you for being part of our work in East Africa!

Gratefully, Roxanne




PHOTOS (Top Left Clockwise): 1. Tukutana intern, Olivia, surveying mothers in Munyonyo to learn their backgrounds and interest in attending parenting and smallbusiness trainings. 2. Thank you “Young Life Uganda” for welcoming the Tukutana Kids to your 2012 Summer Camp in Kampala. 3. Women from the Munyonyo community show their completed project at a Tukutana parenting course. 4. Playing “dress up” with scrap material f r o m T u k u t a n a ’s “Sowing Change” program.

Situated on the shores of Lake Victoria (Africa’s largest lake), Munyono is home to the wealthy and the poor. Tukutana has the privilege of investing in the lives of the poorest people in the community. The men, women and children we serve have no running water or electricity in their homes. The parents, in many cases, can’t afford to send their children to school. Often, they struggle to even feed their families one meal per day. Yet, despite their poverty, the people in our neighborhood radiate joy and eagerness to learn and work. Over the past three years, Tukutana has welcomed Emirates Airlines’ crew members from 81 countries, and hosted families


from the United States for up to six weeks at a time. In every case, our visitors have fallen deeply in love with our Munyonyo neighbors (and vice versa). As we do for our own children, the Tukutana team looks for every opportunity to help enrich the lives of the youth in our Munyonyo program. We provide the boys and girls with mentors, tutors, sports clubs, music and art classes, field trips, discipleship, camps and “Skype Talk” sessions. We are eager to see the kids develop holistically and embrace their God-given talents. Tukutana believes in the value of strengthening communities and equipping parents to better provide for their families. While in Mbale, Uganda, we’re supporting the community through the provision of clean

water sources and sanitation and hygiene trainings, in Munyono we’re providing parenting and financial courses along with social enterprise opportunities. Tukutana’s staff remains small (two Americans and five Ugandans) but we’re able to multiply our efforts thanks to remarkable and generous volunteers and our partnership with Cornerstone Development. The Tukutana Kids are dynamos, and we’re excited to be part of their lives. Thanks for joining with us to help Munyonyo parents and children have access to opportunities and resources that they are truly making the most of !


PHOTOS: 1. Weekly art classes led by Silver, a former street kid. 2. Emirates Airlines’ crew members continue to visit Tukutana on a regular basis and spend time tutoring our kids. In the past two years, our children have hosted Emirates guests from 81 countries! 3. Face painting! 4. Daily South Sudan vs. Uganda soccer games at the Tukutana Community Center. 5. Impressive tigers drawn at a recent Tukutana Art Class.

3 2 1




Skype Talk Tukutana launched “Skype Talk” to connect the children in our Munyonyo Community Development Program with experts in a variety of fields. For each Skype Talk session, the children come prepared with a list of thoughtful questions. They’ve learned about serving the Lord from ministry leaders; hard work and discipline from professional athletes; integrity and the value of education from lawyers and judges; and world events f r o m Wa s h i n g t o n , D C , p o l i c y makers.


The boys and girls even had the opportunity to speak with a state Supreme Court Justice, and with a Hollywood film producer about the makings of one of their favorite films. Skype Talk is one of many ways Tukutana is providing children with resources to enrich their education and set goals for their future.


Photos [Top L - Clockwise]: 1. The List Family, from Arlington, VA, spent five weeks volunteering with Tukutana. An average of 75 children attended daily Vacation Bible School (VBS) led by the Lists. 2. Kristin List teaching the students in her VBS class. 3. At the close of VBS, the Tukutana Kids enjoyed a fabulous slide show produced by Maddie List. 4. Parachute fun at VBS. 5 & 6. The List Family and Tukutana sta challenged the Munyonyo neighborhood kids to a soccer game. 6















The Tukutana kids know many people around the world love them and pray for them. In return, they like to pray for others. They formed “Team Gregory� to support their friend Gregory, in Birmingham, AL, as he bravely battles leukemia.




TUKUTANA PROGRAMS 2012 The Tukutana Kids praying from Uganda for their friend, G r e g o r y, i n Birmingham, Alabama.



PHOTOS (Top Left Clockwise): 1. “Auntie Rox” on the course with the kids. 2. Many parents (wearing red Tukutana shirts) and siblings came to support their children as competed in a youth golf tournament 3. There are currently 26 boys and girls on the Tukutana Kids’ Golf Team 4. Our golfers have many fans, including Byron List of Arlington, VA.

Developing Life Skills On the Greens For the second consecutive year, a m b i t i o n s w e r e m e t w i t h Tukutana enrolled 26 children resistance.

(There are already 29 students in the writing club and

from our Munyonyo Community Following this past golf term 43 in the acting club. Well done, Project in the Uganda Junior Golf however Irene came home from Irene!) Program in Kampala. school wearing an engraved Thank you, friends, for By learning a sport that badge with the title, “Acting Club investing in this valuable program emphasizes discipline, integrity, President.” When Tukutana for Ugandan children! punctuality, and focus, our boys Director Roxanne Robbins asked and girls are thriving on and off Irene how she overcame the the course negative feedback she’d received One of Tukutana’s top early on, Irene replied, “Before CLICK TO HEAR TUKUTANA DIRECTOR ROXANNE golfers, for example, 15-year-old when people told me I wasn’t ROBBINS INTERVIEWED ON Irene Ziribagwa, wanted to capable of doing something I ESPN GOLF TALK RADIO launch writing and acting clubs at believed them. But now that I [scroll to Feb. 2, 2013 podcast] her school but refrained after her play golf, I have confidence!”

Martin’s gallery  has  global  reach.  The  UO  golf  coach  has  fans  in  Uganda,  where  he   sponsors  kids  who  want  to  golf. By  Adam  Jude The  Register-­‐Guard APPEARED  IN  PRINT:  WEDNESDAY,  JUNE  13,  2012,  PAGE  C4 SAN   FRANCISCO   —   Tiger   Woods   may   be   the  favorite   to   win   the   U.S.   Open,   but   to   a   group  of   kids   in   Uganda,  there’s  no  question  who  their  favorite  golfer  is. To   them,   ‘Uncle  Casey’   is   bigger  than  Tiger  Woods,”  said  Roxanne  Robbins,   the   founder  of  a  Christian-­‐ based   nonproYit   organization   that   supports   orphans   and   impoverished   families   in   Uganda’s   capital,   Kampala. Casey   Martin,   the   Oregon   golf  coach  who  qualiYied  for   this  week’s   U.S.   Open,   had   met  Robbins   through   mutual   friends  in  2001.  They’ve  stayed  in  touch,  and  Robbins  included  Martin  on  a  mass  e-­‐mail  list  when   she  moved  to  Uganda  Yive  years  ago  to  start  the  program,  called  Tukutana. Recently,   Martin  sponsored  26  Tukutana  children  to   go  to  the  seven-­‐week   Uganda   Junior   Golf   Program,   which  before  was  open  only  to   high-­‐income  families.   Martin’s  sponsorship  helped  pay  for  the   children’s   uniforms,  equipment  and  transportation  to  the  golf  course  a  half-­‐hour  away. “It’s  was  really  phenomenal   for   these  kids,  because  it  gave  them  such  a  sense  of  conYidence  (when)  they   were   able   to   step   somewhere   they   never   thought   they   would   step,”  Robbins   said.   “It’s   a   tremendous   program  because  of  Casey.” Robbins  and  the  children,  ranging  in   age  from  8  to  15,   have  Skyped  with   Martin  several  times,  and  the   kids  recently  sent  him  a  package  with  pictures  and  thank-­‐you  letters. “She’s  sent  me  pictures  of  all  the  kids  playing  golf  in  their  uniforms,  and  it’s  just  awesome,”  Martin  said.

Photo: Tukutana Kids (wearing light blue tops and red hats) prepare to tee of against children from Uganda and India.


u.s. open

o5 enter text

“Golf is known as a wealthy man's game, but it has proven to be a great way to enrich the lives of the children of Tukutana. Golf has given me so much -- I have built a career and strong relationships through it -- that I want to use it to help others in the same way it has helped me. Golf can help the children of Tukutana expand their horizons, meet new people and have fun. I want to support that mission.� Sean Martin, Golf Week Magazine

Type to enter text


MBALE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PHOTOS (Top Left Clockwise): 1. This young girl was missing school to walk three miles, each way, to collect water for her family. 2. Ntungamo women had to wait for livestock to have their turn before they could scoop water into Jerry Cans for their families. We were thankful to help remedy that situation. 3. Tukutana Program Manager Sunday Morris and church leader sign Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) stating Tukutana’s and the local church’s responsibilities for building and maintaining the wells. 4. Tukutana Project Manager Sunday Morris and church leaders surveyi existing water sources in Ntungamo, a village in Mbale, Uganda.

working together ... with hope to bring clean water to Mbale by Roxanne Robbins

As the devastating storm, Sandy, encroached on North America my Tukutana team and I were working in a parched region in East Africa. Respectively, I found myself praying for water to recede in one part of the world and to manifest itself in another. Where my colleagues and I stood in Kachonga, Uganda (in the Mbale District, five hours north of my home in Munyoyno), the people go 365 days a year without indoor p l u m b i n g o r e l e c t r i c i t y. Women and children walk miles to collect water - from shallow springs and muddy

streams often shared with livestock - that they carry home and boil over a primitive fire for drinking, cooking and bathing. This year, in partnership with WestGate Church (San Jose, CA) we were able to work through U g a n d a n c h u rc h e s t o construct three wells in Mbale. The boreholes are effectively providing clean water for more than 2,500 villagers in Ntungomo and K a ch o n g a , a n d f o r 7 0 0 parentless children at the

Impact Child Care Orphan Home. In addition to WestGate Church, Tukutana thanks Living Water International for training our staff to oversee construction, mobilize church leaders and communities, and provide financial, hygiene and sanitation education for the people we’re serving. By “working together ... with hope” we are helping ch i l d re n s t ay i n s ch o o l , preventing disease, bringing communities together and rejoicing in God’s provision for our friends in Mbale.

TUKUTANA PROGRAMS 2012 Throngs of children (allowed to slip out of classes for the occasion) and more than 300 villagers gathered in the hot sun to watch the drilling process. There was much rejoicing when the rig hit water several hours later!

This water  source  is  owned  by   Impact  Child  Care  Orphan  Home We  will  “Work  Together  …  with   Hope”  to: Maintain  and  repair  this  water   source  entrusted  to  us. Keep  this  area  clean. Keep  animals  away  from  this  area. Serve  our  community. Glorify  the  Lord. … John  4:14 Psalm  115:1



PHOTOS (Top Left Clockwise): 1. Preparing Tukutana products for shipmement. 2. Tukutana trunk sale a Pink in New York 4. Volunteers, Bethany and Chandler, help p a c k a g e Tu k u t a n a merchandise. 5.

Equipping Women Strengthening Communities Through Social Enterprise Tukutana’s “Sowing Change” prog ram helped a g rowing number of women earn income for their families this year. In addition to our handbags, made from African fabrics, we added recycled paper-bead clutch purses and jewelry to our inventory. The bead clutches are made by three sisters living in a rural

Uganda village. The girls have no running water, no electricity and no fashion magazines but they managed to design lovely clutches that have proven popular in market testing in the U.S. Our ladies’ products are currently available at Uganda’s leading gift shop, Banana Boat, and in a handful of stores in

Uganda the United States. We will soon launch a Tukutana online marketplace. So please stay tuned! Thank you friends and retailers for supporting Tukutana through your purchases!

TUKUTANA PROGRAMS 2012 Wasswa Robbins with Maria Cisneros, Owner of Ecologie, an eco-forward lifestyle boutique in Larchmont, NY, that carries Tukutana products AND Sseko sandals. Sseko’s founders, Liz and Ben Bohanan, are on Tukutana’s advisory board. Tukutana is privileged to learn from a company with a sound business model that’s radically empowering women in East Africa. Learn more:



PHOTOS: Tukutana is honored to support Rise and Shine Nursery School. whose 350 students meet inside a mudwalled, thatched-roof building with no electricity or running w a t e r. W e e n j o y regular visits to Rise a n d S h i n e ’s r u r a l village where we help tutor children and provide them with much-needed pencils, papers and books.

Cultivate a Talent, Share it with Others The Swahili word

kipaji means ...

1 ability, talent 2 gift, present 3 donation The Tukutana Kipaji Project brings this word to life by teaching impoverished women a talent - to sew - and then arranging for them to give a portion of what they make away to people in need. Our friends with Emirates Airlines join with us to give by bringing bags of donations -from around the world -- for Tukutana and leaving them with the general manager of the M u n yo n yo C o m m o n w e a l t h

Resort where the crew stays. Tukutana collects the donations and distributes them to orphan homes, community-based projects, hospitals, villages and schools across Uganda. . . . . . . . The beneficiary projects that received supplies and resources from Tukutana in 2012 included:

The African Children’s Choir, Dwelling Places, Serving His Children, Molly and Paul O r p h a n S c h o o l s, Re t r a k , Cor nerstone Development, African Renewal Ministries,

Agape Ministries, Cherish U g a n d a , Fr i e n d s O r p h a n School, Mulago Cancer Ward, I n t e r n at i o n a l H o s p i t a l o f Kampala, Another Hope, God’s Purpose Orphanage, Loving Hearts Babies’ Home, Savior’s Orphan Home, Africa Greater Life Mission, Living Hope O r p h a n s ’ S ch o o l , G o d ’s Purpose Orphanage, COBAP, N a k i t o m a a n d M u nyo nyo Community Projects, Refuge and Hope, Rise and Shine Nursery School, Nakitome Primary School, and Frontline Ministries.



Beneficiary Project: Dwelling Places Dear Roxanne and Tukutana, Thanks so much for the wipes and formula, we really needed them. Israel (the awake kid) was born to a former street girl who was rehabilitated and on a visit home was raped- Israel is the only good thing that came from that event. His mum is now 16 and is back in school and so happy. She visits him on the weekends. Shaban (the sleeping one) lost his mum last month. He is now a total orphan but has young relatives who love him very much. We will settle them together once they finish school. Daily at Dwelling Places we see stories of fear and desperation turn into stories of hope and inspiration - thanks for being part of that! Until every child has a chest to rest his head on, Kristen Fry, Dwelling Places Advocacy & Networking


“Let all who seek God’s help be encouraged.” Psalm 69:32



PHOTOS: Slugs & Bugs’ Randall Goodgame recording “That’s the Old Te s t a m e n t ” w i t h t h e Tukutana Kids!

S U P P O R T T U K U T A N A’s ministry in Uganda by booking a Slugs & Bugs Concert. To l e a r n h o w, email:

Slugs & Bugs In Uganda! Critically acclaimed singer/ books of the Old Testament and songwriter Randall Goodgame sound Biblical truths. Our Tukutana Kids even had composed Slugs & Bugs to bring the opportunity to record a song music to kids that is both with Uncle Randy. They look ridiculously silly and deeply forward to sharing it with you soon! meaningful. The Slugs & Bugs "Under In 2012, Tukutana had the Where?" Tour is currently privilege of hosting Uncle traversing the United States, with Randy (as our kids call him) and new songs, new videos, and new “Slugs & Bugs Live” in Uganda! ways to have a great time. Randall Goodgame is Boys and girls in schools, helping us make a slums and community programs difference in East Africa by throughout Kampala were giving proceeds from Slugs delighted to sing along with & Bugs concerts - booked “Uncle Randy” and use lyrics he through Tukutana - to our taught them to memorize the ministry.

If you’d like to bring Slugs & Bugs to your church, school or event, please send us a note: Thank you, and thanks Uncle Randy for pouring into our kids’ lives. [Randall Goodgame has released six solo recordings, and has written many songs for other artists, including VeggieTales, Jason Gray, and 17 songs for the award winning band Caedmon's Call. When he's not on the road, Randall lives in Nashville TN with his wife, 3 kids and a schnoodle.]



Tukutana 2012 Annual Report  

Tukutana 2012 Annual Report

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you