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Ssamba Foundation is a registered non-profit community development organization founded by Hon. Isaac Ssamba in Mukono, Uganda. Operating in Mukono district, we manage a wide range of sustainable development and humanitarian projects since 2006.
Hon. Ssamba’s mission of helping those least able to help themselves started at the age of 14 and at the age of 19, he established a non-government organization which designs and conducts programs which contribute to the welfare and social productivity of disadvantaged individuals and communities with an emphasis on children, youth and women.
Ssamba Foundation addresses some of the most pervasive problems in rural Uganda, including poor healthcare systems, hunger, poor education system, access to clean drinking water, environment degradation and extreme poverty.
In addition, Ssamba Foundation focuses on empowering the youth of Uganda through leadership and skills training. The organization is founded on the principles that our common humanity is more important than our individual differences. We therefore operate on a non-political, non-denominational, and non-sectarian basis, welcoming each and every Ugandan in need.
The focus of our programs is on providing resources for quality social services delivery in under-resourced communities of Uganda. In order to uplift the youngest of our society however, it is often necessary to first assist adults and the communities in which they live.
Mission: Providing resources to achieve sustainable development in under-resourced areas through effective community education and development of projects.
Vision: Self-sustaining individuals and communities free from extreme poverty.
Ssamba Foundation is committed to our headquarters district of Mukono, Uganda. The foundation is committed to making an impact in Mukono through Strategic Community Investments by supporting causes that strengthen community development focus.
Ssamba Foundation collaborates with local, national and international partners in order to bring about sustainable improvements of life in Mukono District of Uganda in which it works. Ssamba Foundation aims to improve the living conditions for the rural poor regardless of their faith, origin or gender with an emphasis on children, youth and women.
The Ssamba Foundation is a Ugandan community based development charity organization in Mukono District, East of Kampala city. The philanthropy journey of the Ugandan businessman and social entrepreneur started in 2002 when the young Ssamba contributed to numerous humanitarian causes, both personally and through nonprofit organizations.
Ssamba Foundation has a strong track record in community-based economic and social development and had been a development partner in Uganda for more than 10 years. The focus of our programs is on providing resources for sustainable development in under-resourced communities.
Our development philosophy is based on the saying: “help people to help themselves” Ssamba Foundation wants to give them the tools, the knowledge and the spirit to get this process started. Enhance self-respect and motivation. Ownership and a taste of positive change and success can change a spirit and a life forever!
AIDS and other diseases, armed conflict, natural disasters, forced displacement and extreme poverty leave millions of children orphaned, separated, or on the brink of family breakdown. These children need and have a right to be protected and cared for.
Close to 5000 children and their families every year benefits directly from Ssamba Foundation. Through well-planned and comprehensive welfare and social support projects and livelihoods support initiatives.
Through a number of initiatives and working directly with our grassroots development partners, we provide education, healthcare, social services, and basic necessities to orphans and vulnerable children throughout Mukono District . Our overall goal is support poor, orphans, vulnerable and marginalized children and their families, leading to improvement in their lives.
- Children Healthcare Services
- Education Support Services
- Children Environment Conservation activities
- Housing & Basic Needs Support
- Nutrition & Food Support
The youth empowerment program was established to empower young people to contribute meaningfully to the socio-economic and sustainable development of their communities. Its objective is to support the youth between the ages of 15 to 25 years through skills training and internship modules to transit from a situation of unemployment to that of employment.
Ssamba Foundation has been helping young people gain knowledge about themselves, their sexuality, and employment preparation; exploring attitudes and skills about growing up, gender roles, risk-taking, and ethnic diversity; and equipping young people with a range of skills to make them active members of their local communities and to succeed in life.
Where necessary, we deliver literacy and numeracy training on top of life skills programs. Also, Ssamba Foundation delivers training for youth in essential skills for succeeding in wage and self-employment, including building young people’s capacity for business development, and equipping them with employability skills such as time & stress management, interpersonal relations, problem solving, goal-setting, decision-making, negotiation, communications, confidence building, teamwork, among others.
- Youth Healthcare Services
- Youth Recreational Activities
- Skills Training Projects
- Leadership & Mentorship Services
Ssamba Foundation’s women empowerment program is aimed at improving the social and economic future of rural, semi-urban and slum women through a number of initiatives that promote gender equality. We are empowering the Ugandan women with the skills, tools and support needed to become vital members of their community.
- Women Healthcare Services
- Skills Training Projects
- MicroCredit Financing
PWDs & ELDERLY PROGRAMS:
The goal of our program is to improve the livelihoods of people with disabilities and the elderly through a number of sustainable projects and initiatives. Ssamba Foundation creates opportunities for persons with disabilities and caring for the elderly. We strive to help these older women and men overcome poverty and lead healthy, secure and dignified lives.
Ssamba Foundation is improving the life of vulnerable and marginalized communities through a number of grassroots development programs that are focusing on capacity empowerment, economic empowerment and social development projects.
- Water and Sanitation
- Agriculture Development
- Peace building & Human Rights
- Community Resource Centres
- Renewable Energy
SSAMBA ORPHANS SCHOOL PROJECT
Ssamba orphans caring project supports over 400 children of years from 3 to 17. They are all orphans and vulnerable children. These kids need every one’s support for a better future. The project supports children with education and scholastic materials.
SSAMBA CRAFTS OF HOPE PROJECT
Ssamba Crafts of hope project supports many poor people in rural communities of Uganda especially single mothers and the helpless who are HIV+. Ssamba Foundation trains the above mentioned groups of people how to make internationally marketable arts and crafts of different designs.
Through these project women have been able to have at least two meals a day; it has also supported the increase on their house hold incomes by starting up other supportive projects.
Ssamba Foundation finds markets both local and international and anyone who wishes to give a hand in finding markets for the arts and crafts is highly welcome. Give a hand and enable these vulnerable people afford two meals a day, and increase on their house hold incomes to support their families.
SSAMBA CARES MOBILE CLINIC PROJECT
Ssamba cares mobile clinic project provides medical service to many people in rural areas of Mukono district. Many people cannot access medical services due to remoteness of some villages and many cannot afford to pay for treatment.
Many people die of malaria caused by mosquitoes. Children die of worms and Diarrhea and malaria as well. With professional Ssamba Foundation nurses and medical volunteers, Ssamba Foundation organizes trips to these villages to provide medical services.
In this activity we provide malarial treatment, mosquito nets, dressing cuts (wounds) and provide de-worming tablets to children. This project has saved many people’s lives especially the poor ones in rural communities of Mukono, Uganda.
Much as a lot has been done; there is a need to increase on medical supplies due to high rates of sick needy people. Still another challenge is that many pregnant mothers and many bed ridden people die on the way to hospitals. This is due to lack of easy transport for sick people for proper medical assistance.
To overcome this, medical transport facility is required to reduce the death rate. Many HIV+ Patients in remote areas are not able to walk the 20 kilometers or more to go and access their treatments so Ssamba Foundation reaches these people with medical facilities with professional nurses and buy Septrin and ARVs for these groups of people
SSAMBA WATER PROJECTS
In many rural areas of Uganda many people don’t have access to pure clean water. Many people die of water borne diseases like Bilharzias, Typhoid, and other water bone related diseases. Many people have lost their lives. Ssamba Foundation has constructed a number of water sources in the rural areas of Uganda. The water sources provide pure clean water to the villagers.
SSAMBA EXTRA VILLAGE PROJECTS
In many rural villages of Uganda, HIV/AIDS has killed many people. This has led to many, especially young girls left with the responsibilities of the young ones in the family, after the death of both parents. This situation forces these young girls to join prostitution in order to earn a living and to support the young ones who are affected with HIV/AIDS. Ssamba Foundation initiated projects like tailoring and hair dressing to provide skills to these people. Many girls have benefited because after acquiring the mentioned skills. They are able to start up their businesses to support their families.
SSAMBA SOCCER TOURNAMENT
Ssamba Foundation organizes sports activities for young people in rural Uganda. This helps them to develop their talents and also to bring the young age together and discuss issues affecting them through Ssamba Cup.
SSAMBA ADULT LITERACY PROGRAMMES
Ssamba Adult Literacy Program was designed by Ssamba Foundation to fight illiteracy among people especially in rural communities of Uganda. Many people in rural villages in Uganda are interested to learn how to read and write.
Over 757 people, 48-70 have benefited through these arrangements. Ssamba Foundation has trained number of counselors to carry out this activity. And 12 villages have been discovered. Adult literacy just like other projects, Ssamba Foundation faces number of challenges which include the following.
High levels of ignorance, Lack of Scholastic materials, Slow learning, Short sightedness among some of the students, Transport to villages for trainers, Remoteness of villages. Bad weather especially when it rains the roads becomes impassable.
SSAMBA COMMUNITY CLUBS
Ssamba community clubs is a Program initiated under the communities’ outreaches program. It is aimed at training young people out of school in various activities especially promoting the spirit of volunteerism and self-reliance skills. This Program also focuses on young people’s health, such as sex education, reproductive health, family planning. HIV/AIDS, life skills counseling, home communication and carrier guidance. We also train them on domestic hygiene environmental conservation and nutrition. We organize meetings at their communities and sometimes we organize camps in different areas.
WORK AND APPROACH
Partnership, Participation, Progress
The method by which change is brought about is as important as the change itself. If change is inflicted on a person or community then it is likely to be resisted and the process likely to fail. The process of change must therefore be both desired and inclusive.
Our approach is to work in partnership with the community, collaborating with them, ensuring their full and active participation in the process. This reduces our role to simply one of facilitators, mentors and monitors.
Our role in the partnerships we build with the community’s formal and informal leaders is to bring external knowledge, skills, know-how and funds to the table to complement, enhance and build upon the existing skills, knowledge and passion. In this way we help turn their words and aspirations into projects that can help deliver what is needed to assist in the holistic process of change.
The communities understand that no single project is going to alleviate their poverty but that a number of projects focused on the 5 key areas will have a lasting positive impact and ought to provide them with the skills, knowledge and wherewithal to defeat poverty. It is important therefore for our donors also to understand that each project is but one spoke in the wheel of success and that the strength of the wheel/success comes from the combined efforts of each project.
The process of monitoring that we have both adopted and adapted is called ‘Outcome Mapping’ and is a participatory process. The project participants in identifying what success looks like highlight the obstacles that they envisage as are preventing them from achieving that success. We then develop the program around developing the skills, knowledge and opportunities that will facilitate success.
Progress is then measured against the obstacles and the impact is determined through surveys, interviews and group discussions.
Ssamba Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals, families and communities affected by extreme poverty across the Mukono District in Uganda. We are incredibly grateful to the many individuals, families, communities and organisations worldwide who generously support our work through two ways- donations and volunteering.
MAKE A DONATION TO OUR WORK
Ssamba Foundation relies on the support of our generous donors and friends. Your donation helps our organization give support to many individuals, families and communities in need. We have a regional reach and and strive to provide sustainable development initiatives.
You can make a regular monthly donation or a one-off donation using a credit or debit card using the World Remit website.
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Your kind donations ensure that Ssamba Foundation can be there for every person in need across Mukono District. Together, we can make a difference.
VOLUNTEERING WITH US.
Ssamba Foundation provides volunteers with meaningful volunteering opportunities. Our volunteer programs include 2 weeks to 24 weeks volunteer work placements all year round.
Enjoy a stimulating and provoking experience by volunteering on one of our projects. The program enables you to absorb the fascinating Ugandan cultures whilst sharing your knowledge and skills with the host country. The projects will provide an unforgettable eye opening experience for a gap year, vacation, spring break or career break for groups and individual travelers.
One of the biggest differences you will notice at the end will not be external but will be the difference inside of yourself. Most importantly, you will be changed forever because you will have a greater understanding of another culture, you will challenge your personal limits, and you will develop friendships. Volunteering opportunities offered, requires flexibility, patience; those who are self-starters, and people who genuinely respect the host people and their culture.
Volunteers never come here to teach the people western ways, nor are here to save the people. Volunteers come to share their energy and time with the people, to experience their culture first hand and to grow themselves. You may learn a new language, a new culture, and a new way of life. Flexibility and patience are the keys to having a satisfying experience.
P.O Box: 423 Mukono, Uganda