THE VILLAGE

LocationBudumbuli village is located in Jinja District. Jinja is the second biggest city in Uganda and has a population of about 501,300 on any given busy day.

Population: Budumbuli has a population of about 50,000 people and most of them are farmers. Budumbuli used to be known as a crime village because it was undeveloped and it was a good hide out for criminals. However, there has been good improvement as the village continues to develop. There is a lot of infrastructure and businesses being created by local people. The standard of living in this village is average. People live very close to each other with no space to expand or plant a garden and yet most of them are farmers. They have been farming on government land for so many years until three years ago when the government sold the land to big factories. And now, we’re seeing a lot of people opening up small shops while others travel to Jinja town looking for jobs.

Northern Lights Ministries in Budumbuli:

We started working in Budumbuli in 2003 with eight orphans. These were children who had lost one or both parents due to HIV/Aids or other tragedies. We found out that most of the families we were involved with migrated from Northern Uganda because of wars caused by the Kony rebels. As we continued to educate and help these children with their basic needs, we discovered that some of the children were not attending school even though school tuition and supplies were paid at the school. Through our investigations, it was made clear that some children weren’t having meals at home and therefore it affected whether they attended school or not. We therefore started working together with the guardians and care-takers trying to problem solve with them and come up with a better way to help them get up on their feet. We decided to pay for meals for all of our children at school. Their attendance at school has improved greatly since then and we have seen some of our children perform very well. The work of Northern Lights Ministries continues and we’re happy to work with these families everyday by helping them through education, health and spiritual support. 

"A new command i give you: Love one another as i have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34

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