Joy for Children and Communities is a Christian UK registered charity (1107290) that works in Uganda. We focus on community development projects that empower and provide for women, children and youth in some of the slum communities in Kampala.
As a community-led charity we believe in relationships and being alongside people in the community rather than doing projects to people. Through this method of coming alongside people in the community we are able to see transformation come from within, whereby the community are empowered to improve their own neighbourhood.
We are on a journey and are always learning and are excited to see how the projects will grow in depth in the coming years and in innovation through the community’s creativity.
How it started
In 2010 Sam and Chloe (now married) left the UK to spend their Gap Year in Uganda. They met with Moses (Executive Director of Joy for Children Uganda) and shared their passion of wanting to work in the slum communities. In November 2010 they approached 15 women in Kivulu Slum Community and asked how they could support in the short time they were there. The list of suggestions was a lot so we focused on just a few to start with; weekly women’s meetings including finding a market for their handicrafts and sports and children’s weekly activities.
As the projects got going it became clear that it was only going to grow. They quickly managed to register as a UK charity and started looking for funding to support the projects and grow their team.
Currently we have a staff team of 6 and have 5 main projects
- Young Mothers
- Children & Sponsorship
- Children with Disabilities
- Youth & Sports