Kkumi Project began as an idea and a passion.
Pastor Fred Kaddu has been a pillar in the Wakiso community for over 30 years. He pastors a local church, operates a primary and secondary school, and directs a restorative home for girls. Through all of his work, it became clear to him that he could not raise a generation of responsible women with irresponsible men. He knew he needed to also focus on empowering vulnerable boys and young men within the community.
In 2014, Pastor Fred, along with other engaged community members, identified ten at-risk boys, and his church family gave sacrificially in order 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. Individually, each woman had a stirring in her heart for the vulnerable boys in the community. When they finally discussed it together, they discovered that each one had been prayerfully considering how to help. 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 financial support to provide 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. In early 2017, 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 be able to provide holistic care and mentorship to countless more boys — shaping a new generation of responsible and empowered Ugandan men.