Man Up supports several sustainability projects, including agricultural (maize, rice, sweet tomatoes, beans, etc), fish farming, tree farming, and micro-financing.
Kerith Children’s Home houses, clothes, and feeds about 30 children in Pallisa (rural eastern), Uganda. These children are either single or true orphans, or whose parents were found unfit and removed by the local government. The ministry was founded by Pastor Samuel and Mercy Mwesigwa after planting a church there in 2009. Man Up runs a sponsorship program for these children as the means of funding the daily operating expenses.
Kerith Health Centre is a fee-for-service clinic supported by Man Up and managed by Mercy Mwesigwa outside Pallisa, Uganda. The clinic gives access to medical care not otherwise available to the community of Osupa and serves as a conduit to preach the Good News of Jesus.
Kerith Primary School was founded in 2016 in response to the need for education in the community of Osupa. Currently 147 children are enrolled and new construction is being built, which will also double as a church planting center and the home base for our Authentic Masculinity program in Pallisa. The ministry is looking to raise about $20,000 more for the completion of this school/compound.
With a 98% unemployment rate in the community, single mothers are taught weekly lessons by a highly-skilled and accomplished local seamstress and they learn to make various practical items like children’s clothing, men and women’s clothing, school uniforms, backpacks, purses, and washable sanitary pads made from locally-sourced materials.
A rural Uganda church plant of Pastor Samuel Mwesigwa in 2009, the weekly membership has grown to over 200 believers and functions independently of any outside resourcing. Man Up conducts conferences here in an area that has been traditionally dominated by Muslims, mosques, and Islamic schools.
Ebenezer Children’s Home was founded by Pastor George Kooli and his wife Sylvia to respond to the HIV-affected and infected children in the area of Kibuku, Uganda. Currently they clothe, feed, house, and provide medicine for 87 children, 14 of whom are HIV-positive. They are in desperate need of a new facility and are looking to raise $52,000 for the completion of a new children’s home.
Ebenezer Primary School gives children ages 5-14 access to a Christian education in a rural, primarily Muslim setting in Kibuku District, Uganda. Over 300 children currently attend the school.
Pastor George pastors a congregation of about 80 folks, conducts outreaches and evangelism in the surrounding community, and provides the hope of Jesus to his community through the church.
Home Again Ministry conducts several vocational training programs for the women of Masese III in Jinja, Uganda. Included in these programs for single mothers and widows are a year-long sewing/tailoring apprenticeship that grants a sewing machine to its graduates, hand-made paper jewelry-making, and a hairdressing school.
Bethel Junior School was founded in 2012 by Pastor Andrew Wakabi (in partnership with Man Up) to serve the needs of the children in Masese III (Jinja, Uganda). Starting with just one P1 class (Primary 1 is equivalent to kindergarten in the U.S.), the school now enrolls 252 children through P7 class. The school costs approximately $44,000 to run yearly and is one of the main beneficiaries of Man Up’s efforts in Uganda. Child sponsorships are the main source of funding for this initiative.
Started in 2015, the Super Saturday program has distributed over 200,000 meals since its inception. Each Saturday, the children from the slum community of Masese III come for organized play, a bible lesson, and nutritious food. Currently we are working with our Ugandan partners to supplement the container of food used with local agriculture projects.
Authentic Masculinity is a year-long biblical discipleship program for men that incorporates small business micro-financing for those who qualify. This is Man Up’s most important long-term initiative in the developing world and invites both local and international experts into the ongoing training process and repayment phase of the program. This is done exclusively in conjunction with the local church.
Development in places like Uganda and Ethiopia are holistic, and James 1:27 calls on men to care for both orphans and widows. Our Woman Up conferences are designed to empower the single mothers who have been abandoned, neglected, or abused by their husbands with biblical teaching and wisdom in partnership with the local church.
Gloryland Church was planted in 2016 by Pastor Andrew and his wife Juliet in response to the great spiritual need of the people of Masese III in Uganda. By meeting the physical and educational needs of the children, the parents have started coming to the church and many have come to Christ as a result. Currently about 80 members and over 300 children are seen at Gloryland each week.
Run by Pastor Kendar in Santo Domingo Este (Dominican Republic), the church serves as a beacon of light in a community dominated by the busurero, or trash dump, of Los Tres Brazos. It also serves as the base for our Authentic Masculinity program aimed at equipping men to lead and love biblically.
The Centro Cristiano de Capacitacion y Ayuda Infantil (Center of Children’s Help and Formation) is the ministry of Pastor Kendar and his wife Hozana, which both feeds and educates approximately 30 children ages 4-5 in the community of Los Tres Brazos. Each of these children are available for sponsorship. The ministry also feeds an additional 50 children each week as an outreach and testament of God’s love for the people in this community.
Founded by Henok Berhanu, Carry 117 empowers women on the trash dump of Korah in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) with vocational training skills in bag-making, purses, wallets, and other accessories. Man Up works alongside Carry 117 to empower these ladies economically and model authentic masculinity in our interactions with them. We’re currently working on a long-term partnership to bring the Authentic Masculinity program to this area of Korah.
Founded in 2012 by Pastor Nunushe, this Korah-based church has grown to over 150 members. Pastor Nunushe’s ministry is a huge light in a community where most people make their living sifting through trash. Man Up is working directly with Pastor to implement the Authentic Masculinity Program in hopes of providing a spiritual and economic boost to the men living in Korah.
Notwithstanding the Gospel, nothing changes one’s heart for the materially poor than a short term mission trip. We invite you to take a few minutes to see how a short term mission trip with Man up and Go can change the way you live out your Christian faith.
A short term mission trip with Man Up and Go will leave you forever changed, your eyes opened to the reality of 4 billion people on the planet living on less than $4/day1. See what a short term mission trip looks like in the pics below.
1The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It by Paul Collier (Oxford University Press, 2007).