Introducing River of Life Church, Masaka

Our History - some of the White Eagles leading worship at ChurchRiver of Life Church was founded in 1993 when Duncan and Mary Kibaya left the UK with little more than the contents of their suitcases, and headed for Duncan's hometown of Masaka, Uganda, from Mary's hometown of Leeds, UK...Read the following article from the October 05 edition of 'The Sword' magazine to find out about our history.

Nakati died last week. She had fought the virus that has ravaged so much of Africa for 10 long years. She had been at death's door many times, but prayer and fasting had made nonsense of doctors' grim prognoses. She had cared passionately for her 3 young daughters, Robinah, Nakawuki, and Kyesake. Often ill and weak, Nakati and her family would normally have had little chance. Following her death, Nakati's daughters could have joined the grim procession of children, unwanted by an extended family already stretched to breaking point, that find themselves alone, vulnerable and living by their wits.

Our History - Nakati and her daughters at Lake NabugaboSuch a scenario is common in Uganda where well over half the population is under 18. AIDS and acute poverty have decimated a generation of parents, leaving an estimated 1.3 million orphans. Estimates of how many end up on the street vary from several to tens of thousands, but it is clear that their numbers are dramatically increasing. The Government's intention is to support every child within his or her family but intense economic pressure often means that translating aspiration into action is difficult. Dr. Alex Kamugisha, when State Minister for Youth and Children, stated: "The soaring number of street children in the country is a 'time bomb' threatening security". So Kampala has seen a succession of crackdowns. Street children are rounded up and taken to the Rehabilitation Centre at Kampiringisa. Conditions are hopelessly overcrowded and degrading. Those with families might be reunited, only to return to the streets when circumstances demand. Those with no family languish in the centre. In the words of one NGO Manager, "if they're not criminals when they go in to that 'prison', they are when they come out".

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