Building Hope in the Slums

S36932.jpgIn the slums of the Uganda capital Kampala, for many there is no bright outlook on their future. Our partner NGO is working hard to change this by offering a wide range of community building programs. According to them the economy in Uganda is growing, but only a small number of people are benefitting from this, increasing the gap between poor and rich. To give more people the change to find a more sustainable way of living, the NGO is offering free education to children and adults, is offering vocational training, is providing free health care and even is involved in housing programs which will survive the next storm.

The work is vast and fruitful, but to increase it even further the NGO is relying on help from outside. Our shipment will impact their work heavily, allowing them to move to a next level of offering help to the poor.

By giving them a small loan at the end the NGO also provides the means needed to fulfil their dream.

S36931Nambalirwa  Ruth is one of the women who benefitted from the business program of our partner NGO. During this program people will be offered a vocational training to start their own small business. The NGO offers a variety of skills from hair cutting to opening a small vegetable stall, like Ruth did.
The aim is to motivate and build on the skills people are already having. By giving them a small loan at the end the NGO also provides the means needed to fulfil their dream. Having an own business does not only provides in a basic living for Ruth and her family. It also gives her a feeling of self-confidence. Knowing she holds the future in her own hands.

Shipment includes:

  • School uniforms
  • 200 school desks- and chairs.
  • 50 boxes of school and office stationary
  • Sport items and games for the children
  • A projector and television
  • 10 beds
  • And much more…


This shipment will include goods to help train many more women like Ruth, providing them a future and a way out of poverty.

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Uganda Snapshot

Population: 37.58 million
Capital: Kampala

Uganda is a fertile, land-locked country in East Africa, in the Africa Great Lakes region, with a tropical climate.

Great progress has been made in fighting HIV in Uganda, but 1.5 million people still live with the disease, and there are 1 million children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.

39% of girls are married by the age of 18. 37.7% of people in Uganda live below the international poverty line of US$1.25/day.


Urban poverty tends to repeat itself with unremitting consistency. It’s not just about a lack of money. It’s too often, also, about alcoholism, drugs, social breakdown, ill health, violence, homicide or suicide. Two decades ago, in Hyderabad, India, a young woman agonised over the poverty in the nearby slum community and asked herself what she could do. Education, she decided, was the most strategic way to break through the suffering.

She began a modest school which, with no resources, she held under a tree. The children loved it and attended in droves until, eventually, the tree was no longer enough. She then relocated to a building where she could accommodate more students. Conditions were less than ideal, but, such was the eagerness of the kids to learn that they continued increasing in number. They studied well and achieved, with some ultimately becoming lawyers, accountants and professionals in other fields. Nonetheless, facilities are insufficient. School assembly takes place in the street, with the roads blocked off either end, (picture) as they have no building sizeable enough.

With donor support, they have found another building which they have been able to purchase while Crossroads has task of furnishing it. We sent a wide range of provision, from computers to furniture, text books to clothing. A Western sponsor who made a follow up visit wrote to us, ‘I am just back from a visit to Hyderabad. I was amazed at all you have sent them. As I walked around the school, I saw the desks and chairs, kitchen equipment for the orphans, cupboards and the soft toys as well as many other items, including uniforms.’


Crossroads, as an organisation, is not able to make large capital injections of a financial kind. What we can do, however, is make a capital injection of goods: one which, we trust, can multiply itself over in the lives of many who use it in years to come.

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