Heart for Uganda’s methodology to equip and empower Ugandans to meet their needs in culturally relevant ways is to: disciple them, teach them vocational skills, teach them business skills, and finally teach them management and leadership skills.
We first start with discipleship and Bible training, because poverty is more than just a physical problem. It is a physical, mental, and spiritual problem. We plan to teach these students who they are in Christ, teach them how to be godly husbands/wives, godly fathers/mothers, godly businessmen, and godly community members. This is the piece of the solution that many organizations leave out, but we feel it is critical piece of the solution to solving the problems in Uganda.
Next we will teach them vocational skills. Instead of giving hand-outs and feeding these men for a day, we intend to teach them job skills that can immediately transition into a job or a business. If we can teach them how to provide for their families, we can help to eliminate the issues that arise from poverty such as: orphans, short lifespans, malnutrition, sickness, etc.
Next we will teach them business skills. Now that they have a skill that can easily be transitioned into a business, they need to know how to run a business profitably. There are numerous small businesses that are operated in Uganda, but not many are operated well, and most provide little or no profit to the owner. We intend to change that problem by teaching them the skills they need to operate a business effectively and profitably.
Finally, we will teach them management and leadership skills. We intend to create a sustainable organization, so we need to have leaders that can step up and take the knowledge they have learned back to their home villages and teach others. The youth need to have leaders that they can look up to, because many of them don’t have any godly role models to follow.