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Where is African Hearts
  Where is African Hearts

African Hearts is located in the Ssenge Village in the Wakiso District just outside of Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. Over 1.66 million people live in Kampala which covers an area 189 sq. km (73 sq. miles). For comparison the city of Plano, Texas USA is about 72 sq. miles (185 sq. km) with approximately 280,000 people. Kampala has almost 6 times the number of people as Plano living in about the same area.

In the city there is electricity and running water. Outside the city electricity is unreliable and water is fetched from wells. Communication is available through celluar service and at internet caf├ęs. However, with little infrastructure the primary means of transportation is walking or riding a matatu taxi or boda-boda motorcycle.

The Kampala economy is based largely on fishing on Lake Victoria, poultry feeds and farming sweet potatoes, beans, cassava, g-nuts, Irish potatoes and soya beans. Cash crops include coffee and cotton. Tomatoes, onions and cabbage are also widely grown.

It is estimated that about 50% of the population of Uganda is under the age of 15 years old and less than 3% is 65 years old and older. The ministries of African Hearts are influencing the vast majority of the Ugandan population and can have an impact on generations to come.

Makerere University is the most prominent university in Uganda with about 30,000 students. But located in its shadows are three undeveloped regions commonly known as slums. Many of the residents of these slums are orphaned children with no school and no hope for today or tomorrow. The slum area known as Kisenyi is a major ministry of African Hearts.

For those children who are fortunate enough to go to school, they often drop out when caregivers fail to meet other school obligations and requirements. Close to 18% of school-aged children are not enrolled in school, and the dropout rate averages 66%. As a consequence the literacy rate is decreasing and growing numbers of children are struggling to find food and shelter. In addition, vocational training opportunities are required to make it possible for more young people to find employment.

The negative effects of a high population of orphans and poorly educated or illiterate children are many. Girls resort to commercial sex and early marriages which increase their vulnerability to AIDS and unwanted pregnancy. Boys go onto the streets and too often resort to criminal acts like theft, and they adopt behaviors that include glue sniffing, smoking and drug use. The need to change behavior and restore hope to marginalized children is immense.

Despite their conditions, the people of Kampala and especially those in the Ssenge Village in and around African Hearts are gracious, loving and caring. They are thrilled when others take an interest in them and excel when given an opportunity.

The ministries of African Hearts are making a difference in the lives of Ugandans and making a lasting impact.


Acknowledgements
Banner image of Kampala courtesy of Reta Raymond
Makerere University image courtesy of The London Evening Post

A look around Kampala

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