About Bushfire

VISION

Our vision is to reconcile family dynamics through training and resource mobilisation to empower and equip families, children at risk and youth for better spiritual, social and economic growth and reduce poverty.

MISSION

Improve the livelihood of all families in our Bushfire project areas through community networks for growth and prosperity.

Optimise community networking and deliver efficient and sustainable solutions to the community in the areas of food production, health, education and economic well-being.

WHO WE ARE

Background

As a nation, Uganda has suffered much due to internal conflicts and wars in neighbouring countries in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, HIV/AIDS epidemic and dysfunctional families. As a consequence, it is estimated that there are about 2 million children who are without parents or a parent who cannot care for them.

Uganda Family Resource Link (UFRL) is a non-government organisation (NGO) registered in Uganda (Number S.5914/3698). This NGO was founded in 2002 by Samuel and Eva Kitalya to restore family dynamics and take care of children at risk, within a family setting. The organisation provides housing, food, clothing, health care and education to children in need. Bushfire is the name of the childcare project and the term used to refer to all work that has been developed around this core project.

There are currently almost 90 children living in foster homes at the Bushfire community in Bulange sub-county, Namutumba district of Eastern Uganda. The support we give to the children goes beyond the boundaries of the Bushfire community and extends to children living in the surrounding 37 villages of Bulange sub-county.

Our desire is to see individuals and families at Bushfire and surrounding areas turn their hearts to Jesus, grow strong in the Lord and walk in truth so that their lives are transformed in such a way that they impact future generations for the glory of God.

We are doing this through building the Community’s capacity in farming and agriculture, business industry, setting up schools and tree planting. The children and leadership of Bushfire are grateful for all the prayer, practical & financial support, guidance and encouragement from local and overseas supporters.

Where we are

The Bushfire Community is located approximately 50km North-East of Jinja (source of the Nile River at the north end of Lake Victoria).

 

What we do

Bushfire operates:

  • A Childrens Home with cottages separated into boys and girls as well as ages, each approximately housing 20 children. Dedicated House Mothers provide practical care and love for the children. A wonderful feature is the way older children also care for the younger ones.
  • A Health Clinic which is staffed by a very busy Nurse who provides basic health and acciden services, mainly to Home and School children. Resources are stretched when providing assistance to people in the local villages.
  • A Kitchen which provides basic meals each day to the 400 children (day and boarders) and 100 staff. Typically the meals comprise maize, sweet potato, cassava, beans, rice (if good season) and fruit such as mango, banana and pineapple (in season). Typically a 100kg bag of rice will last 2-3 meals for the 400-500 people on site.
  • A Primary School which has a classroom and teacher for each grade. The teachers focus on literacy, numeracy and science whilst allowing for the students to have fun. As with other Schools at Bushfire, children from local villages attend.
  • A Secondary School which covers all years covering most subjects based on the Ugandan National curriculum up to matriculation level. The Secondary students study 6 days week from 7:30am until 4:30pm with breaks, then resume for supervised revision and homework from 7:00 until 9:00pm. Specialist teachers provide instruction in a wide range of relevant subjects.
  • A Library and Science Laboratory are recent additions.
  • A Vocational School was established to provide older students with basic training in such areas as woodwork, metalwork, tailoring, hairdressing, hospitality, and motor mechanics with visiting instructors. It was accredited by the Government in 2012 and offers Certificate level qualifications. Secondary School students normally also participate in Vocational training.
  • Farms are essential to provide food for the Bushfire Community. Crops such as maize, sweet potato, ground nuts, rice, pineapples, mangos are grown as well as raising animals such as goats, chickens and cows. The Farms cannot provide all Bushfire needs hence supplementary food purchases are normally required. This is a substantial problem when crops fail.
  • A Business Centre in nearby Bulange village has been established where there is grid power supply. Using donated machinery, local produce such as rice and maize from Bushfire farms is milled together with produce from other growers. Being in a predominately Moslem village, this activity is another means of Bushfire helping and strengthening the local people.
  • Church is the centre for many Christian ministries with several Pastors serving in satellite Churches. Besides Sunday Services, there are many Bible Studies, Prayer meetings and House Groups each week as well as evangelism, education, counselling and emergency support.
  • Bushfire graduates who have potential to undertake tertiary training in Jinja or Kampala and would have no other means may be sponsored and mentored through Bushfire.
  • Support Functions such as administration, finance and maintenance are conducted from Bushfire by a small team of dedicated and capable people.

How we do it

There is a strong reliance on God’s provision since there is often no certainty where the next food or funds will come from. Crops fail, students cannot pay even basic fees, teacher salaries and government fees must be paid, expenses for diesel generator and vehicle fuel must be met and of course medical emergencies. Bushfire Community relies on faith and the support of local and overseas people, Churches and organisations. There is no government financial support.