Wells of Joy Victory Ministries (WOJ) is a 250-acre partnership between Christ Fellowship and Victory Living Word Church, Uganda.
Projects include: primary school, home for orphans, high school, housing, clinic, trade school, crops and a tree farm. WOJ is located within a small village called Namyeso, in Nakaseke district (approximately 1.5 hours north of Kampala, the capital city of Uganda).
Namyeso is a typical village, made up primarily of small families that live off the land. The cost of sending a child to the city for an education is beyond the financial capability of most parents.
If a parent does manage to pay for a less expensive school, the level of education is usually quite lacking due to limited resources. Our partnership with WOJ supports quality of life and education for children and their families.
Uganda has had peace and stability for 30 years, but still lacks economic development. Unemployment rate is over 80%. Most people are self-employed, meaning that they sell goods for profit or have a specific trade that allows them to earn an income, such as being a welder, electrician, plumber, taxi driver, farmer, etc.
Nakaseke district was one of the most damaged areas of the country during the civil wars. This area and its two neighboring districts are home to 26 mass grave sites. Uganda has the highest prevalence of AIDS in Africa, with Nakaseke district having the 6th highest prevalence of HIV in the country. Uganda has the highest prevalence of Malaria in Africa. Malaria is the number one killer of children under 5 years old even though it can usually be treated for less than $5.
Electricity and water is relatively easy to access in the 4 largest cities in Uganda, but once you travel out to the villages, you find that they are unavailable. Electricity is hit or miss in availability, but public water is completely undeveloped. At best, a village has a well with a manual pump. At worst, the folks fetch water from a nearby pond or man-made watering hole. Both options take a significant amount of time each day, as the walk can be long, the line of folks waiting can be long, and the water is very heavy, making the walk back even longer.
With the average income being roughly $40 a month, malnutrition is a massive problem. While some go days between meals, even those who eat every day are lacking in nutrients. The common diet heavily relies on “posho,” maize ground into flour and then mixed into boiling water, to give a feeling of fullness.
While actual numbers are not readily available, Uganda is experiencing the child trafficking crisis that is affecting many parts of the world. With the high poverty rates and missing generation lost to AIDS and civil war, the children of Uganda are particularly at risk for being trafficked.