Uganda

“The Lulu Tree is a priceless gift to Uganda. To God be the glory!”

~ Rose Mary Zawedde, Director of Uganda

God Led Us

The Lulu Tree began in Uganda, in the slum of Katwe, summer of 2014. Two years later, the Lord sent us to the villages to develop permanent roots.

Since then, hundreds of students have graduated across Uganda through the Bible School curriculum, dozens of teenage mothers have been sent back to school, mothers from the slums have been equipped through tailoring and agriculture, pastors have been equipped with piggeries and audio Bibles, and hundreds of people have come to Christ through mama kit outreaches and jajja (grannie) outreaches.

The Lord has also given The Lulu Tree two acres of land, a farm, a school and dorms for teenage mothers, and a retreat center with a study hall, dorms, and two guesthouses. Meanwhile, in 2024, The Lulu Tree Maternity Clinic was founded in the village of Namagera, providing a sterile, loving environment for pregnant mothers to give birth.

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About Uganda

“Uganda is a fairy-tale. You climb up a railway instead of a beanstalk, and at the end there is a wonderful new world,” wrote Sir Winston Churchill, who visited the country during its years under British rule and who called it “the pearl of Africa.”

Unfortunately, twenty years of conflict with the Lord’s Resistance Army and a decades-long battle with AIDS have left the country struggling. In addition, the country has a high undernourishment and child mortality rate.

According to this source, 41% of Ugandans live in poverty, and almost half of Uganda’s population is under the age of 15, representing one of the youngest populations in the world. Uganda also hosts the largest refugee population in Africa—more than one million refugees have fled their home countries to seek asylum in Uganda. 

What God is doing

in Uganda

Equipping Schools

Sustainable Farming

In Uganda, the Lord has provided two acres near the School of Hope in the fertile land of Jinja. Overseen by a young man who belongs to one of Lulu Uganda’s first sponsored families, the farm has developed to include a farmhouse, bathrooms, a rainwater harvester, and dozens of fruit trees. The fruit trees are being cultivated to support future ministry in Uganda.

Meanwhile, Headmaster George rents out the remainder of the farm to support the School of Hope. Maize, cassava, beans and other vegetables are being grown to feed the teenage mothers and vulnerable children at the school.

Equipping Villages

A School for Teenage Mothers

Pastors in Uganda are helping to house, educate and reconcile teenage mothers who’ve been kicked out of school due to getting pregnant.

When teen mothers get pregnant (often through rape) in Uganda, they are abused in front of their classmates by teachers for “setting a bad example,” then expelled from school.

The School of Hope is the first school for teenage mothers in Uganda. Now it has expanded to include community children such as pastors’ children, the disabled, and others needing affordable education. Bunkbeds are available for teenage mothers and their babies as well as others who commute to school.

Equipping Churches

Harvestime Training

The majority of village pastors in Uganda do not have any theological education. Some don’t even have a high school education, or a complete Bible, but just a call from God into ministry. The Lulu Tree equips sincere church leaders with a free 21-course theological curriculum called Harvestime. At the end of the 21 courses, these pastors then graduate with a diploma in Biblical Ministries, as well as an audio Bible, provided by In Touch Ministries, in their local language.

Pastors have also been equipped with piggeries across Uganda to help sustain their families and ministries.

Equipping Families

Saving Lives at Birth

In Uganda, mothers are turned away from the hospital if they don’t bring their own supplies for childbirth. This leads to births in unsanitary places and often, death.

Initially we countered this by handing out hundreds of Lulu Tree mama kits. Pregnant mothers came from miles around to receive a warm meal, a gospel presentation, and a mama kit which included everything needed to allow them entrance into a government hospital  or clinic.

In 2024, The Lulu Tree Maternity Clinic was founded, inviting local mothers to come and give birth in an affordable, sterile, loving environment. 

 

Locations

1177 W Cody Circle, South Jordan, UT 84095 (USA)

c/o The Great Commission Foundation, PO Box 14006, Abbotsford BC, V2T 0B4 (CANADA)

Phone

(385) 315-8433 (USA)

(780) 674-8992 (CANADA)

Email

info@thelulutree.com