Project information


Through Raising Families we help poor people get back on their feet. We equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to use local resources to make a living. We do this in just three years by mobilising local churches who want to demonstrate God's love in tangible ways.

January 2016 - December 2016

Charity information: Samaritan's Purse International Limited

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  • Need


    There is a high level of poverty amongst Orphan and Vulnerable Children (OVC) families in North West Uganda. OVC families are less likely to attend school, be able to afford nutritious food and are vulnerable to a higher risk of sexual encounters resulting in the contraction of HIV and early pregnancy. Through the local church the project will support these families improving health, education and shelter with increased income through livelihood development at the same time as showing God's love


    Local churches will be trained in livelihood development and provided with a Village Savings and Loan kit. Capacity will be build in children's ministry in order to support OVC families. Each Church Action Group established will identify and support 20 families with their shelter, educational, health and spiritual needs. Livelihood development training for churches will increase family income by 20% through agricultural and income generating activities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Local churches active in providing care in their communities.


    » The project will inspire and train church pastors and leaders in 60 parishes in the Masindi-Kitara and West Lango dioceses, in livelihood development.

    Project staff will train the 960 pastors and church leaders with the Livelihoods Lens curriculum. 480 churches envisioned to reach out to 9,600 families.

    Aim 2

    Improved physical health, shelter, spiritual health and education for vulnerable families.


    » Church Action Groups will visit families every month to help with roof and house repair along as well as the identification of livelihood development.
    » Church Action Groups will train families in health, sanitation, hygiene and nutrition, along with prayer, discipleship and encouragement,

    Twenty vulnerable families will be supported by each Church Action Group which will equate to 9,600 families by the end of the project.

    Aim 3

    Families will have increased income through agriculture and income generating activities.


    » Church Action Groups trained in the Farming God's Way curriculum will impart these techniques to families leading to increased food security.

    Families will adopt improved agriculture techniques which will lead to increased household food security as well as possible increased income from sales of their harvest.

  • Impact


    The participatory nature of the project, particularly the asset-based elements, will ensure community resource mobilisation as well as community ownership of the transformation process. The sustainable livelihoods element of the project is expected to be self-generating and will provide beneficiaries with livelihoods interventions that have the potential to multiply and grow and result in growth and income generation.


    Church Action Group volunteers are not active or committed: During initial sessions to sensitize and mobilize the community, emphasis will be placed on clearly explaining program expectations and voluntary participation. The training will also include sessions on volunteering and the benefits. Environmental factors will adversely affect implementation: Reschedule activities to accommodate changing community priorities.


    Donors will receive a quarterly e-newsletter and an annual report. Progress reports and family case studies will be reported on our website.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £108,209

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      Amount Heading Description
      £23,232 Activity costs Training, livelihhod development, home visits, savings groups, agricutural development.
      £37,201 Staffing Programme manager and project officers
      £21,892 Travel/Transport Travel for home visits, activities and training
      £12,928 Project support Support from Samaritan's Purse Uganda
      £12,956 Admin/Overhead fee UK Admin and overhead costs and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Background


    Masindi-Kitara and West Lango Diocese of North West Uganda, corresponding to the official administrative areas of Masindi, Bullisa & Kiryandongo and Oyam & Apac. These districts are largely rural, with a population density of 54.4 compared to the national average of 146.6.


    9,600 families living in the Masindi, Bullisa & Kiryandongo and Oyam & Apac districts will benefit from the project. As many as 56 different tribes are represented in Masindi district alone , and with 57.1% of the population under 18 , communities are diverse and dynamic. This area is being squeezed between modern external pressures such as those created by the discovery of oil, the influx of refugees into Kiryandongo and the aftermath of the Lord’s Resistance Army’s activity in Apac.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Samaritan’s Purse has been working in the areas of Oyam and Apac, in West Lango, since 2012, focussing on delivering clean water and sensitisations in hygienic and sanitary behaviour. Samaritan's Purse UK through DFID funding ran a successful 3 year Maternal Child Health programme in Uganda. . In Kiryandongo District, Samaritan's Purse Uganda is a World Food Programme implementing partner serving a caseload of 22,810 individuals in Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement with emergency food distribution

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Brock Kreitzburg

    Country Director, Samaritan's Purse Uganda,

    Chris Blackham

    Head of Programmes & Projects, Samaritan's Purse UK