# of Sponsored Children: 223
# of Children Waiting for Sponsors: 200
Year Connected to ARM: March 2007
Closest Major City: Kyotera
Distance to Entebbe Airport: 118 miles
Project Components: CDP Project, Church, School
Community Qualities: Agriculture is by far the main economic activity in Rakai district with the exception of Katebe and Kasensero which are exclusively pastoral and fishing communities respectively. The main agricultureal crops for the area are beans, maize (corn), groundnuts, sweet potatoes, bananas and coffee.
Average Income: $10 per day
% Orphaned: 84%
Literacy Rate: 40%
Primary Issues: Malaria, poverty & HIV/AIDs are all major factors to the high rate of orphans in the area.
Raised from a broken family, 5 year old Nabatanzi Lillian did not have a lot to boast about. Lillian’s mother left her family when she was 3 years old. To add salt to injury, she hardly spent any time with her father as he was working hard to try and make ends meet. At such a tender age, Lillian had to take care of her one year old sister and keep the home when her father was gone.
Life was not easy for this family. When Lillian’s father went to dig in other people’s gardens in order to earn a little money to keep the family going, he constantly lived in fear of somthing bad happening to his girls while he was away. With no options left, he resorted to taking the children to his parents’ home. His parents advised him to abandon the children as they too were not in any position to help him. Depressed, discouraged and with all hope lost, Matovu Colophilio (the father) knew that desperate times called for desperate actions. He made up his mind to move to Tanzania to try and make ends meet. With everything in play, Colophilio set out to bid farewell to his fellow church members.
On his arrival at the church, he bumped into the project director of Canaan CDP, Jimmy Mugerwa. In their conversation, Colophillio described what was happening in his life. Jimmy recognized the desperate need and immediately registered Lillian into the CDP program the next morning. Colophilio was in total shock and could not imagine that God had finally made a way for him and his girls. They are now both attending school and being provided for through ARM’s program.
Glory be to God.
Program Overseer: Ps. Ssebugwawo Godfrey
Ps. Godfrey became a Christian in 2001. In 2007, he went to study at Gaba Bible Institute and completed his diploma in Biblical Studies. He now serves as the senior pastor of Canaan Community Church and as the overseer for Canaan CDP.
Program Director: Jimmy Mugera
Jimmy accepted Christ as his Saviour in 1999. After finishing his studies, he started working with Canaan CDP first as a social worker, and now as a project director. He loves working as a child advocate and one day hopes to have his own child advocacy program.
Please keep Canaan CDP in your prayers!
Our Prayer Requests:
- Pray for us to acquire shelter/classroom space to hold our centre day activities in
- Pray for our Mwangaza Children’s Choir members who are traveling to Holland & Germany in August 2013
- Pray for God’s protection upon our children and staff
- Pray for for God’s provision for our children and project staff
- We thank God that some of the children who did not have sponsors now have them!
- We thank God for our partnership with C.H.M. who has helped construct houses for some of our needy families
- We thank God for the resources He provided for us to build a kitchen for our centre day activities