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UGANDA: Youth Learn Job Skills and Grow in Faith

Completed Project

Project Overview

Construction of a new center leads to opportunities for training and fellowship 

Timeline: 1 year

Spiritual Engagement: 283

Community Engagement: 4,000

Anticipated Lives Impacted: 4,283

Total Amount Requested: $52,450


In their own words:

“By the grace of God, I am a changed person as a result of my training at the WEC. The Christian setting was wonderful for me. I completed my studies in hotel management a year ago and I am now the acting manager of Manhattan Guest House in Namirembe, Kampala.” — Joan Ahabwe, a recent graduate of the WEC


Uganda’s HIV infection rate is rising, with up to 145,000 new cases each year. Many families are left without income-earners, and an estimated 2 million children are orphans or in the care of grandparents or other relatives. The HIV prevalence rate for men ages 15 to 49 is 7.3 percent and 8.3 percent for women. The effects of HIV/AIDS along with political insurgency have left many children orphaned or with one parent who cannot care for them.


AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children need care and support as they grow up and cope with the loss of their parents. Most orphans experience neglect and have little support due to a lack of resources. Older relatives, often poor themselves, cannot always meet children’s needs, leaving the children to fend for themselves. It is common to find older siblings caring for younger siblings. This situation has left many orphans poor, malnourished and uneducated.


As part of its mission to serve orphans and other children and youth, the Kampala Diocese will work with the Women’s Education Center (WEC) to equip families caring for orphans and vulnerable children with vocation skills that allow them to earn an income. The diocese will construct a three-story building; the initial phase focuses on building a multi-purpose hall on the first floor that will enable WEC to expand its student vocational training and host outreach events and income-generating activities for more than 4,000 people per year.

Life Impact

This project benefits 4,283 people:

Spiritual Engagement:

283 people grow spiritually including 100 people who learn income generation skills and attend assemblies where they learn from God’s Word; 90 students who learn new skills and enroll in the “Feed My Lambs” program; 90 students who complete the vocational training program and start a small businesses to support orphans; and three instructors who teach vocational courses

Community Engagement:

4,000 community members will be impacted by attending various functions in the newly constructed hall

Project Design

The Women’s Education Center (WEC) is in a prime location in Kampala. This project and expansion will capitalize on the location in order to help many orphans and other vulnerable young people learn life-changing vocational skills and hear the Gospel. The agency plans to construct a three-story building, with the first floor used as a multi-purpose hall and the other floors as leased office space that will generate income. The initial phase  will focus on constructing the multi-purpose hall, which will accommodate up to 400 people and enable WEC to expand its vocational trainings.

Currently, WEC can only accommodate a maximum of 50 people, which limits the classroom sizes and the number of programs it can offer, despite the center’s prime location. WEC now serves 20 to 30 students each year – mostly girls younger than 18. It offers three vocational training courses: institutional catering and hotel management, tailoring and housekeeping, and hairdressing and cosmetology. After the center expands, WEC expects to increase its offerings by doubling the number of instructors and increasing student enrollment to about 100 each year.

WEC has established a nine-member building committee to oversee construction, including four engineers, a building planner and four teachers. An architect from the diocese has submitted building plans and a cost estimate. No contractor has been hired, but once funding is secured, WEC will advertise the project and use diocese guidelines to select an experienced contractor. WEC estimates that construction of the multi-purpose hall will take between six and nine months to complete. The hall will provide a substantial space for events, offering kitchen facilities and several bathrooms. It will be used for student assemblies, the Feed My Lambs program in which students study the Bible and receive life-skills training, vocational training, diocesan meetings and staff meetings for teachers. It will also be rented to the community and the income will be used to further develop the center and allow it to further expand.

Measuring impact: The impact of the new hall is expected to be noted immediately, as measured by the number of new students enrolled and trained, the number of vocational courses offered and the number of new instructors hired, as compared to previous years. WEC will also experience increased revenue through hall rentals, as it works toward self-sustainability.

Project Budget

Site preparation for the ground floor1: (Funding provided locally: $6,400)

Construction of ground floor2: (Funding provided locally: $32, 032)

Fitting of ground floor structure3$12,825

Suspended slab for ground floor4$33,797

Research and evaluation: $5,828

Total: $52,450 (Additional funding provided locally: $38,4325)

2includes clearing the land, establishing a water source and digging the foundation includes the cement floor, brick work and reinforcing foundation
3includes construction of walls, timber shutters and stairs, reinforcement of bars, beams
4includes reinforcement bars, polythene sheeting, beams, concrete and stairs
5reflects that the diocese has already paid for the ground preparation and construction of the foundation with funds raised locally and elsewhere

The Uganda Women’s Education Center will need an additional $125,237 to complete all three floors of the building. This includes: fittings for floor $26,530, second floor $33,984, fittings for second floor $28,548, roof $30,075 and contingencies $6,100

The diocese anticipates completing these additional floors with income raised from leasing the ground floor and other donations. The full cost of construction is $216,119.

Risk Analysis

Low: 1, Low/Medium: 2, Medium: 3, Medium/High: 4, High: 5

Concept: Risk Level 1

This project is part of a wider effort to help orphans and vulnerable children and youth in Uganda get an education and learn life and job skills. Christian values and the Gospel are integrated into course material, which may in turn lead to more youth joining the church and then sharing God’s Word. This project is timely and relevant as it responds to the current needs of orphans and youth.

Program Design and Experience: Risk Level 2

The WEC is one agency among many nongovernmental and parachurch organizations in Uganda responding to the needs of orphans. The WEC is an initiative of the Mothers Union and the Christian Women’s Fellowship of the Kampala Diocese of the Anglican Church of Uganda. This phase covers construction of the ground floor, leaving two others floors to be built. WEC expects to generate rental income and donations to fund the rest of the project. Being in a prime location makes the plan feasible. However, WEC will have to ensure that any future construction does not prevent the use of the multi-purpose hall.

Leadership: Risk Level 1

The Kampala Diocese of the Anglican Church of Uganda oversees the WEC. Day-to-day operations are managed by a 12-member management committee and an experienced and competent director. Student morale is high at the center and its three instructors have served for several years and its finances are well-managed.

Financial Control: Risk Level 2

WEC has liquid assets and, relative to these assets, minimum liabilities. The center submitted audited financial statements for 2012 and has secure wire transfer methods. In 2011, the center experienced a deficit as a result of renovations made to its existing classroom and office structure. However, in 2012 the center was self-sustaining.

Sustainability: Risk Level 3

WEC has income-generating programs and is not overly reliant on donations for ongoing operations. In fact, in 2010 and 2012, these programs would have completely covered WEC’s expenses. However, the center cannot fully fund construction of this project without risking support for its day-to-day operations, making this project heavily reliant upon external funding.

External: Risk Level 3

Current high inflation in Uganda could increase estimated construction costs and delay project completion if these costs exceed the budget. Additionally, the process for selecting a skilled and experienced contractor must go through the approval process of various diocesan committees, and plans also require approval by local authorities, all of which could also delay implementation.


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