About Us

About Us

Introduction

St. Stephen’s Kisugu, Church of Uganda is an Anglican church, located in Kisugu, a suburb of Kampala. The congregation of St. Stephen’s Kisugu is comprised of individuals and families from the upscale Muyenga suburb which borders Kisugu on one side, and the low and very low income residential areas on the other. This low income area includes a slum dwelling commonly known as Kanyogoga. The ministry was established in 2010 by the Rt. Reverend Bishop Hannington Mutebi (then Vicar of St. Stephen’s Kisugu) in response to the needs of the slum communities surrounding our church.Typical of slums around the world, Kanyogoga is characterized by poor quality of housing, overcrowding, inadequate access to sanitation and insecure residential status. Other characteristics include high rates / levels of noise, crime, drug abuse, immorality (pornography and prostitution) and alcoholism. These conditions expose the residents to the spread of diseases

and generally poor health outcomes. It is an area that attracts a high density of low- income earners and or unemployed persons, with low levels of literacy. Therefore while government introduced the Universal Primary Education (UPE) program which has greatly subsidized the amount of school fees required of primary school going children, many of the parents /guardians are still unable to take advantage of it. As such it is not uncommon to find many children loitering around the slum during the school term.

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Our Mission

To touch the lives of the families in the neighbourhood of St. Stephen’s Church of Uganda by empowering them to;
a. Demonstrate the spiritual, financial, and social skills required for positive livelihood; and
b. Participate in the process of educating their children;
c. Advocate and participate towards efforts aimed at positive communal and individual health.

Our Vision

Holistically developed families.

Our Objectives

1. To enhance the Spiritual-Social wellbeing of members from selected beneficiary families.
2.To cumulatively enroll and retain children from the selected beneficiary families in schools, with parent/guardian participation and contribution.
3.To create awareness of the community needs to attract support and partnerships.
4.To economically empower the families for self reliance.
5.To do all such other things as may be deemed incidental or conductive to the attainment of the above objects or any of them.

Brief History

How We Started

During his time as Vicar of St. Stephen’s Kisugu, the then Reverend Canon Mutebi realized that, while the church was having mission partnerships and assignments to different parts of Uganda, it was not doing the same in the immediate community where the church is located.

He felt the challenge; and one day, accompanied by a few members of the congregation, he took a prayer walk to discover and learn more about the communities surrounding the church.

What they witnessed – the unhealthy living conditions and lack of economic and social opportunities including education for the children – presented an opportunity to share the love of Christ by ministering to the neediest families in these communities.

It was then that the Touch Lives Ministry initiated as a compassion ministry of St. Stephen’s Kisugu. 

Touch Lives Ministry began as Kanyogoga Project - a small project assisting children from Kanyogoga attend school by paying their school fees. However, it soon became clear that the parents/caregivers were not able to adequately meet other scholastic requirements – such as exercise books, lunch etc. due to poverty. More needed to be done to economically empower the parents to better provide for their children.

Issues of sustainability also became obvious as the project was relying totally on the generous financial contributions of the congregation. 

As such, the scope of work was expanded and the name Touch Lives Ministry was adopted; thus incorporating Kanyogoga as a project under the Ministry. This expansion allows for more projects to be developed under the ministry in future, in order to address the above mentioned socio - economic empowerment and sustainability issues.  

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Education Support

We currently offer education support through school fees payment, career guidance, after school remedial reading, extra-curricular programs.

Discipleship & Social Support

Regular fellowships and home visits are at the core of our discipleship and social support program.
What We Do?

We’re On A Mission To Solve
The Problems

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Healthy Food

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