We work with families in desperate housing need in rural Uganda to help provide safe, secure family homes and opportunities to improve household income. We also prioritise family health through improved sanitation, hygiene and drinking water facilities.
We work on a very simple model whereby beneficiary families contribute to their home build project, generally through labour or other practical means, while funding is provided by I AM through UK fundraising events, partnerships and collaborations.
A typical home build project, which not only provides a home but also solar lighting, drinking water, cooking facilities, bathroom facilities, and an agricultural plot, takes around five months from breaking ground to the day the family moving in.
Our primary focus is to offer assistance to families or individuals living in crisis, in desperate housing need; qualified either by virtue of being practically homeless or living in conditions that are an immediate threat to their health and safety.
Our operations manager, who lives in the community, is keenly aware of the circumstances of potential benefactors. Following his low-key assesments on the ground, the whole team meets to make some initial decisions and prioritise cases as deemed fit.
During the home build project, part of our agreement with home build partners requires them to contribute practically. The form of this contribution is assessed on a per case basis but is most usually in the labour itself or other practical support of the build team.
A Home - A Hope - A Future
The honest answer is yes and no. The initial investment (funding) has far reaching impact, in particular on prospects and opportunities, beyond the immediate provision of housing and an agricultural plot. It’s a step up that will enable real lasting and long-term change.
Our work meets the immediate needs of our benefactor families. Even then, with very limited resources the expectation that build costs could be recovered through mortgage payments is unrealistic and would counter the benefit gained from the investment of both parties.
In the year proceeding moving in, our operations manager makes several informal visits with benefactors. In some cases this will be in support of ongoing vocational training facilitated by the charity, but often is an opportunity to listen to concerns and offer advise.
Our goal is to meet the needs of our benefactors without compromising the needs of future generations. Providing access to clean water and sanitation, renewable energy, access to education, reduced poverty & hunger and opportunity for economic growth.
All our funding comes from donations. For our home build projects we have adopted a ‘family ties’ model whereby a group, be that an extended family, business, sports club, etc, commit to raising the full funds for a home build over a 6 month period. Find out more HERE.
We’ve been involved in the life of Kisimula village in the Nakaseke region of central Uganda since the early 2000s. Having developed good relationships locally, over decades, it made sense to continue this new charitable venture amongst a community we know so well.