Rapidly growing slums, with millions of people living in extreme poverty and struggling for survival, are a huge problem in Uganda. They live in the place where open sewage, polluted water, lack of health care, insecurity, illiteracy, superstition, and diseases such as Tuberculosis, Malaria and AIDS are just some of the threats all around them. It is an area that attracts a high density of low- income earners and or unemployed persons, with low levels of literacy. The crime, drug abuse, immorality (pornography and prostitution) and alcoholism are high prevalence.
According to a report from the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, 64% of the total urban population lives in slums. This gives a total of 3.5 million people as slum residents in Uganda. Every day people added in to the slum that comes from the village, in search of jobs, looking for a better life.
People are finding new hope and a future as we share the love of Christ. YWAM Kampala begins the ministry to the slums in 2014, with outreach to Katwe Slum. Today, our teams serve in slum neighborhoods, bringing hope by living out His sacrificial love and sharing the love of Christ. They conduct free medical clinics and teach basic hygiene and preventive health measures. They provide literacy classes for adults conduct tutoring classes for children, feeding program for children and hold weekly Sunday schools.