Impact & Success Stories 

Agnes is mother to 15 year old Kato and lives in a one roomed house where she single handedly raises her son living with cerebral palsy. Since 2017 when relational ministry started, Agnes has built a great relationship with the project officer which has helped aid intervention. 

In 2018, Agnes was skeptical about starting a business and she told the officer she was afraid of it failing like the previous ones. She shared with the officer that she is worried she might not be in position to keep the business running. Her fears were understandable, however, the officer encouraged her to take a leap of faith and start a business and work harder than before to ensure that it doesn’t collapse like the previous ones. The officer also, committed herself to helping her with offering psycho social support and general knowledge on how to run the business better. In the month of March 2018, Agnes, together with other 10 care takers of children with disabilities were given loans of 150,000 each to start up small scale businesses to help them generate income to take care of their children with disabilities. At this time, Agnes had run broke with no source of income since the school where she was teaching was undergoing renovations. Agnes decided to use the loan given to her to set up a small scale business which is a shop to fetch her money to meet her daily needs and those of her son Kato. 

Agnes bought more items for her business inclusive of cakes, doughnuts and cooks tea which she serves with bread to her customers in the mornings and evenings. The money generated from the shop on a daily basis is saved and some reinvested in the business. Relational ministry helped the officer to deal away with fear of failure which had affected her business. Agnes looks forward to growing and enlarging her small business.

Home based work in developing countries is mostly considered unpaid, un professional and mostly unskilled. In Uganda, millions of women are housewives by choice or limited by education and other factors. Since it is mostly the women who do the care work it is almost impossible to balance a day at work and care work at home later on. 

Prossy is a house wife and a mother of three has taken it upon herself to use her time at home to earn a living through making crafts. The skilled mother weaves 2-3 mats a week which she is able to sale at a good price according to size and design. Prossy is a primary school drop-out who is unable to find decent work in her community. If she were to find work, this would require her to explore opportunities far from home that would be mostly casual work where she will be required to work longer hours. This, she would find, very tiresome and demanding that she would not be able to do housework at home. 

Her day begins with getting her two children ready for school who are then dropped off by their father at school. She heads on to clean the house, clothes, utensils among others. But while at home she is constantly construed by her two years old daughter who needs her full attention. After completing the daily cleaning and other morning choirs, she heads to the market to get the family’s day meal. She is lucky enough that from the market she is able to purchase materials for making mats. This has helped her to constantly afford and avail materials to make her products. 

From the market, Prossy starts to prepare the meals. While she prepares, lunch for the family that is usually a big meal that is also taken for dinner, Prossy take time off between the cooking to weave mat. This usually continues in the afternoon after she has served lunch to her family instead of napping or chatting with neighbors like what most of the women her age, are doing. 

Prossy identifies with afternoon free time to do most of the weaving. She is happy that she is able to do something at home that can earn her some money every month. Prossy saves some money in the community saving group that she belongs to and also may purchase of food items and other needs at home whenever she is able to. 

Louis is an eight year old boy and in primary three. His mother is an active member of one of the Joy for Children women’s group.Louis stays with his father, mother and two sisters and two brothers. Louis’s mother cells fish and the father does casual jobs to take care of the family.

Louis is one of the blessed children to benefit from the sponsorship programme where he has been able to attain school. He is a fair student and he loves going to school and he loves playing football and his best friend is his sister. He is an obedient child who does what his mother and older people tell him to do. This he has learnt from the daily engagement with children in the children Activities Project where children are taught the bible and Christian lessons for children to emulate.

His school is abit far from his home but every day he wants to go to school. He told me a story that at his school children are stubborn and they stole his sweater towards the end of the term.Louis’s family has a prayer request that the mother’s fish business increases and they are able to get their needs.He has a quiet personality and he interacts well with the people is familiar with.

“Sometimes I want to give up on doing exercises on my daughter because I take long to see the change. Her mother doesn’t even care about her daughter and the progress she has made.” Said the grandmother at the start of this month.

Many care takers like want to see immediate results in the health of their children after doing exercises on them which is very difficult to achieve. During the home visits, she mentioned that she reached a certain point where she wanted to stop doing exercises because she wasn’t actually seeing the positive change in her. Her attitude changed for worse in regard to doing exercises. On listening to this, the officer concentrated on encouraging the Grandmother to never give up on engaging her grand child in exercises.

She was told that sometimes, the change “we” want to see in the children takes time therefore there is need for one to be patient. The Grandmother listened to the advice and she resumed doing exercises on her granddaughter once in a while. During the recently concluded community outreach for children with disabilities held on 22ndJune 2019 the Grandmother was advised by Katalemwa doctors to intensify on the exercises done on grandaughter especially exercises done on her hands to help reduce the stiffness in the joints.

During the weekly home visits, the officer found the Grandmother doing exercises on her hands as advised by the officer and doctors during the outreach. She committed herself to continuously doing exercises on her grand child to reduce stiffness in her muscles and reduce pain in the joints with hope that her granddaughter’s health shall improve and one day be in position to support herself using her hands i.e feeding herself. 
ment. I decided that I should open up to him about my own experiences with dealing and managing how shy I feel in situations. Through doing this I have seen a noticeable difference in the way in which Shakuru has interacted with me and it seems to suggest that he has learnt how to trust me more. 

During the last month Shakuru has started to open up about his life at school, what he likes and dislikes and also about his dreams of becoming a lawyer in the future. Over time it has been such a privilege to see how he has opened up towards me and built this relationship.

It is always of puzzle for young parents to find simplest ways in which they would raise their children and yet go to work every day. The balance here is never found. But mostly mothers greatly affected because they are expected to do both domestic and commercial work. 

Angela a mother of three narrates her experience as working mother which she strongly puts out to have been very unbearable for her as at all moments.  “after the birth of my second child, experienced a physical and emotional challenge in managing work both at my workplace and at home.”

Having to be primarily responsible for house and care work at home presented Angela with an entwinning tasks a head of her every day. “I barely completed my tasks at work because I was always tired and this was the same for when I came home. Even when I tried to complete tasks in the night my concentration and efficiency would be at its lowest.”

With continued lack of rest, pilling tasks and parenting demands, most women end being stressed out and frustrated about their whole life. “I was at the point of breaking when I decided to leave my job and take care of my children. It was not an easy decision to make, until I would barely move out bed in the morning that I realized I needed to stop.”

When women quit their jobs, they faced with so much fear of what the future might be for them while they do not earn. “by then I was not involved in any social groups in my community and I did not know how they worked until was visited by a friend who encouraged me to join a women’s group in the community. 

Joining our community group in Bukoto was a big change for Angela and her family. This with knowledge about saving she started saving little by little and was much encouraged during relational ministry visits on how she can improve her life through small businesses while working from home. 

Angela has acquired a loan from the group’s credits Scheme and boosted her charcoal business. “even though I don’t earn much from my business now I have great hope that it shall grow bigger in the future.” she said gratefully. 

Empowering stay home mothers has encouraged a lot of women who have challenges balancing work and household chores. Angela is happy to be earning from home but also able to have ample time with her children.  

It is always of puzzle for young parents to find simplest ways in which they would raise their children and yet go to work every day. The balance here is never found. But mostly mothers greatly affected because they are expected to do both domestic and commercial work. 

Angela a mother of three narrates her experience as working mother which she strongly puts out to have been very unbearable for her as at all moments.  “after the birth of my second child, experienced a physical and emotional challenge in managing work both at my workplace and at home.”

Having to be primarily responsible for house and care work at home presented Angela with an entwinning tasks a head of her every day. “I barely completed my tasks at work because I was always tired and this was the same for when I came home. Even when I tried to complete tasks in the night my concentration and efficiency would be at its lowest.”

With continued lack of rest, pilling tasks and parenting demands, most women end being stressed out and frustrated about their whole life. “I was at the point of breaking when I decided to leave my job and take care of my children. It was not an easy decision to make, until I would barely move out bed in the morning that I realized I needed to stop.”

When women quit their jobs, they faced with so much fear of what the future might be for them while they do not earn. “by then I was not involved in any social groups in my community and I did not know how they worked until was visited by a friend who encouraged me to join a women’s group in the community. 

Joining our community group in Bukoto was a big change for Angela and her family. This with knowledge about saving she started saving little by little and was much encouraged during relational ministry visits on how she can improve her life through small businesses while working from home. 

Angela has acquired a loan from the group’s credits Scheme and boosted her charcoal business. “even though I don’t earn much from my business now I have great hope that it shall grow bigger in the future.” she said gratefully. 

Empowering stay home mothers has encouraged a lot of women who have challenges balancing work and household chores. Angela is happy to be earning from home but also able to have ample time with her children.  

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