ABOUT US

About Us

Our journey, as a non-profit ministry began in a very unconventional way. Started by a Ugandan for his people. We focus on children and families living in extreme poverty in Uganda and Kenya by re-building communities and empowering today’s youth. We provide resources for students to excel academically and will not turn a child away due to age or religion. We are a small grassroots organization, which allows us to have a personal connection with each child.

Our team of national staff and volunteers work directly with the children in various community outreach and education programs to improve their quality of life spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Our international volunteer team ranges from 2 – 60 volunteers from all over America, UK, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand throughout the course of the year.

MISSION

Empower a Child seeks to bring confidence and self-sustainability to orphaned and vulnerable children of East Africa by teaching modern skills, giving the opportunity of education, and enlightening through the word of God.

FAMILY

Empower a Child seeks to change the communities we work in and children’s lives by focusing on the family unit. We empower family units to thrive through holistic development of spiritual, physical, and education.

SUSTAINABILITY

Our goal is to make all our ministry efforts sustainable in the local economy. Our ministry is run by local nationals and we work hard to ensure the ministries have local sources of income to sustain them if possible

OUR HISTORY

Being the last born of 10 children, in a rural village in Uganda, Wilson’s chances at obtaining an education was slim. One of his eldest sisters recognized this and bought him to live with her family in the city. She meant well, though being a young mom, she struggled to provide for his school fees and keep him in school consistently. By the time he was in Primary 3, he remembered some adults coming into my class and pointing me out. A few weeks later they came back and told him a gentleman and his family from the U.S was going to sponsor him. This moment changed his life forever. From primary school up through college, he was given the opportunity to go to school, hear about God’s love through weekly Bible studies, and given basic necessities, such as school supplies, soap, toothpaste, clothes, and shoes. After college, he worked for a couple of years in the accounting and tourism industry but always felt called back to help the needy children from the poor communities that he once lived in. In 2006, he quit my steady paying job to serve in community projects and started building a team of Ugandan and international volunteers who went on outreach projects around Kampala. His sponsor gave him an incredible gift, not only the gift of education but of love and value of self-confidence. He wanted to pass that on. He began with what we could do at the time, love on these children and share the love of Christ. As the word began to spread about what we were doing, more volunteers started joining us.

2006

Wilson Kabeera and a small team of Uganda nationals and international volunteers began outreaches into local projects and slums where children were marginalized and forgotten.

2007

Wilson travels to U.S. to speak for the first time for the children of his country

2009

Empower a Child purchases 40 acres of land in Zirobwe, Uganda, the first step in community development

2010

Open a branch of Empower a Child in Nairobi, Kenya, focusing on discipling and transforming lives of children in the slums

2011

Work with a team of volunteers in the UK to open Empower a Child UK to partner with the U.S. in raising awareness, funds, and looking for sponsors for our programs in Africa

Work with community of Zirobwe to begin a community church, a spiritual home

Drill deep water well, first step to give the community and the center access to clean water.

2013

Purchase a primary school in the community and begin construction on a 16 room guesthouse to house our mission volunteers and teams within the community.

Connect well to solar powered pump, to give the community one of the only self-sustaining solar powered well in the entire country.

2014

Open Empowered Leaders Academy to over 400 children in the community.