Kkumi Project collaborates with local leaders to strengthen their work of holistically transforming and empowering the lives of vulnerable boys and young men in the Wakiso District of Uganda.
WHAT WE DO:
We build a healthy foundation for vulnerable boys to grow into empowered and responsible men, to lead thriving and successful lives, and to be catalysts of transformation in their communities. Starting with our original ten boys, and expanding exponentially as our support base grows, our Ugandan volunteer staff team actively works to meet the following needs:
EDUCATION: School fees, scholastic materials, uniforms, boarding as necessary
Public schools are unfortunately not free in Uganda. Education is considered a privilege, not a right, as pricey school fees and the cost of uniforms and books make education inaccessible to the majority of the population.
Nutritious meals, housing, clothing, toiletries, healthcare
The boys live together in a home, where they cook, eat, and sleep. Our Ugandan volunteer staff ensures they have all their basic needs adequately met so they never need to worry about their next meal or getting medical care when needed.
EMOTIONAL & SPIRITUAL HEALTH
Counseling, mentorship, one-on-one development
We recognize that holistic care must include emotional and spiritual growth. Through consistent relationships with trusted local leaders, Kkumi boys are transformed from the inside out.
Vocational training or university opportunities after high school
Because it is so cost prohibitive, most Ugandans don’t have a path to higher education. The vital skill development of vocational training or university education provides employment and earning opportunities and empowers young men to be successful family and community leaders.
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1. FULL FUNDING
Before we look to expand, we want to ensure we have full funding for all ten boys currently in the program. This includes developing a fund for vocational school or university when they complete high school. Most Ugandan young people don’t have a path to higher education opportunities. Meeting that need will go a long way to ensuring that these young men have an employable skill and a means to provide for their family.
3. MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
We aim to develop a more formal mentorship program where each young man is paired with a local male leader. These mentors would provide spiritual and vocational guidance, ensuring better employment opportunities for the young men and economic growth for the community as a whole.
5. AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
We plan to launch an after-school program for boys in need, with a focus on spiritual growth, mentorship, and counseling. This would make our services available to a greater number of at-risk young men.
2. SUSTAINABLE EXPANSION
There is currently a waiting list of boys who desire to join the program. We aim to purposefully strengthen our model and build in the capacity to sustainably expand, including increased housing and staffing to accommodate a larger group of boys. We want the program and the young men who participate in it to thrive, not just survive.
4. PERMANENT HOUSING
Our long-term goal is to purchase land and construct a home (or homes) so that the program can adequately support significant growth. The ability to have a permanent residence for Kkumi Project, including house parents for the boys, would further strengthen our development model.