Kkumi Project began as an idea and a passion.
Pastor Fred Kaddu is a pillar in the Wakiso, Uganda community, and has been for over 30 years. In 2014 he identified ten at-risk boys, and his church family gave sacrificially to provide for their needs. It wasn’t much, but it was a start. And Pastor Fred was committed to finding a way to continue to grow this vital work.
Later that year, Daina Storey, Gradi Ellis, Margaret Callahan, McClain Lamb, and Suzanne DuVall visited Wakiso on a volunteer trip. They each felt strongly about finding a way to help with the vulnerable boys in the community. Together, they approached Pastor Fred, and when he shared about the ten boys his church was caring for, it was clear this shared passion had a purpose.
The five women returned to America determined to help however they could. They pooled their resources together and started sending monthly support for the boys. With the needs greater than they could meet on their own, and the opportunities abounding to impact even more boys, they decided to formalize the project so others could join in the work. Kkumi Project was officially born.
The needs are so great, but the potential for impact is greater still. There is a long waiting list of boys in need of help. As others join our efforts, we will provide holistic care and mentorship to countless more boys — shaping a new generation of responsible and empowered Ugandan men.
Stay tuned. We have a whole story to tell you and ten precious boys we want you to meet!
*We also want to say a huge thank you to the people who have been involved in different capacities along the way:Brian Storey, Alisa Malone, Alece Ronzino, Hannah Pechan, Kim Powers & Haley George.