“Ordinary acts of love and hope point to the extraordinary promise that every human life is of inestimable value.” -Desmond Tutu
Hi, My name is Caleb Rukundo, the founder of AMAHORO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE, which is a fully registered local NGO in Uganda. AMAHORO is an East African word for “PEACE.” We wanted a beautiful word for a home for children, who have suffered from abandonment, AIDS, war, and unspeakable violence. But we must speak. So we will speak words of peace…Amahoro.
The focus of our Organization is COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL CHANGE.
My conviction is that there are millions of people in our Ugandan communities today for whom a better life would simply mean having sufficient food for the month, and for the year ahead (or for even the next day). I want to refer to myself as a development worker and aspire to make our organization one which will consider our purpose as to help those who are poor and disadvantaged to achieve a level of “better life” with the capacity to at least secure their basic needs now and into the foreseeable future.
I feel community development and social change work is not about giving needy people free stuff, that would be called welfare or “relief work”. Relief is all about giving people the things they need to survive. But I feel a concern that relief turns people into beggars and parasites who either begin to like the idea of living off other peoples’ generosity, or become so disempowered that they begin to believe there is no use trying to become productive members of society once again- in other wards they lose their self esteem.
This doesn’t mean that I don’t believe in relief work, because on the contrary relief is helping those who honestly cannot help themselves including feeding themselves each day.
However, I believe in, and want to focus on, development which is about enabling people to help themselves- those people in my community who long to be productive and self-reliant, if they only had the capacity and resources to do so (teaching them how to fish and thereby to feed themselves). That’s where I feel our focus as an organization should be.
I believe and want to focus on community development which I know is a process which will enable people in our communities to realize their potential, build self-confidence, and lead lives of dignity and fulfillment. This process will set people free from the fear of want and exploitation.
I believe it will be a movement away from political, economic and social oppression. I believe through development, political independence acquires its significance. By the way, I intend to run for the Village Local council 1 office for this village. I also believe that the base for a nation’s development must be its own resources, and development has therefore to be an effort of, by, and for the people- Its people centered.
Amahoro is an East African word for peace. The Amahoro
Community Development Initiative, also referred to as the Amahoro Children’s Home is an NGO based in Uganda committed to peace building and combating poverty. The organization was founded and is directed by a Ugandan, Caleb Rukundo. We are committed to providing locally lead solutions in order to work towards sustainable development. The organization runs two homes for orphans and vulnerable children. The Matugga home just outside of Kampala, which has around 40 children, mostly girls, and the Amahoro Boys Home at the Gateway Youth Ranch, two hours north of Kampala, which also has around 40 children. Children from the ages of around 4 to 18 live at the homes. Most of the children in the homes are orphans, a few were forced to run away from their homes as a result of abuse.
The mission statement of the Amahoro children’s Home
is “Rescue, Rehabilitate, Resettle,” and this is what the organization does. Children are taken in and given a safe nurturing place to live and recover. Social workers from Amahoro try to figure out if the child has surviving relatives that would be able to take them in, if so, they go through the gradual process of resettling. If not, the children live at the homes and go to school and learn skills that will eventually allow them to be self sufficient and give back to their communities. The Amahoro Children’s Home also sponsors domestic adoption and international adoptions. This model of care for children is inline with the Alternative Care Framework for Orphan care in Uganda.
The Amahoro Children’s Home is a loving and nurturing place for children. Children are raised on teachings of love and mercy from the perspective of Christian Morals. However, the home is accepting of children with different religious backgrounds. We believe all children are children of God, and should be loved accordingly. Visitors are welcomed with beautiful joy, and children not only have their basic needs met, but also have the opportunity to play and learn and discover the joys of the world, the way every child should be able to. Visitors are welcome at Amahoro. Contact Caleb Rukundo if you wish to visit either home.
In addition to the Children’s Homes, The Amahoro Community Development Initiative has several other projects. These include a feeding program and the diamond project in Kisenyi slum in Kampala, and the Amahoro School in Matugga. The Amahoro Organization also strives to support and enrich the communities surrounding the children’s homes.
The Amahoro Community Development Initiative is supported by donors. Supporting groups include the Amahoro Children and Community Team (ACCT), the Penny Jar Project, and others. We are grateful to our donors for their support. As we work to increase our positive impact, we appreciate any support you can give. The Amahoro Children’s Home is working towards becoming more self sustainable. We grow a variety of crops, raise animals, and use solar power.
The Amahoro Community Development Initiative plans to expand its reach in order to help more children escape the vicious cycles of poverty. When a child is in need, we do not see it as someone else problem; it is everyone’s problem. That is why our motto is, “They are All Our Children.” If we, as a global community, keep this in mind, we can live in a world with more Amahoro (peace).
Peace acts as the General Manager at Amahoro. She is a graduate of Journalism and Communication from Makerere University
Vicky is the warden at the Amahoro Children’s Home in Matugga. She earned her bachelor of education from Makerere University, in Kampala.
Godfrey attends Makerere Business school. He is also a mentor at the Amahoro Boys Home at the Gateway Youth Ranch.
Miriam works at the Matugga Home, and helps with the projects in Kisenyi. Because of her exceptional knowledge of Kampala, we call her the mayor of Kampala.
Built in 2009, this children’s home is well established and is a beautiful place for children to live. Read more
The Gateway Youth Ranch is a large property located in Nakasongola district, about two hours north of Kampala. The property has a boys home on it, as well as fertile fields where many crops are grown, and where a herd of cattle graze. Read more
The Amahoro School
The Amahoro School is a new project at Matugga. Construction on the school was started in early spring of 2017. The Amahoro School will be a primary school for orphans and vulnerable children at the Matugga home, as well as children from the surrounding community. Read more
Kisenyi is a large slum in Kampala. We run several programs in the slum, including the Kisenyi Feeding Program which provides free meals three times a week. We also have a Half-way house, which is safe place children can sleep while they are either being resettle to their relatives or before they are able to go to one of the homes. Lastly we have the diamond project, which supports vulnerable women in the slum. Read more
Poverty is a daunting issue in Sub-Saharan Africa. But instead of letting this get us down, we continue dreaming how we can make more of a difference for the poor. We are very excited to announce that we are currently fundraising to build the Mirembe Babies Home, for children between the ages of 0 and 4. Read more
The Amahoro Children and Community Team (ACCT) is a registered non-profit based in Oregon, in the United States. ACCT was founded in order to more effectively support… Read more “ACCT”
Happy New Year 2017 We want to thank the Good Lord who has guided and protected us through 2016. We have seen a lot of good things… Read more “END OF 2016 – HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017”
Crafting is the process of making/manufacturing items from locally available objects. Today, our children, from soil, tree branches, banana fibers crafted soccer balls, constructed houses, made aeroplanes… Read more “We Love Crafting – SEE WHAT WE CAN MAKE”
The Amahoro Children and Community Team (ACCT) is a registered non-profit based in Oregon, in the United States. ACCT was founded in order to more effectively support the Amahoro Children’s Homes. Since 2009 members of a service group from Southern Oregon have been going each year to Uganda to serve, love, and learn. As we strive to grow and broaden our vision we have recently renamed the group ACCT. The group was renamed The group was founded by pastor David Rapp from the Waters Edge Community Church, in Medford Oregon. We partner with Caleb Rukundo and the Amahoro Children’s Homes. We are devoted to providing locally lead solutions focused on the peoples most pressing needs. Through sponsorships we provide education to hundreds of children.
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