Hope and Care Ministries was founded in 2001 by John Akiza as a church foundation in Kalonga – Mubende District. He did this to solve the issues he faced from the time he began church planting in the early 90’s where the churches he planted where filled with people who were illiterate and subjected to abject poverty. This coupled with fact that there where many orphans in the area as many people were dying of various diseases with others abandoning their children.
John with four friends started a fellowship in the year 2001 in the community of KALONGA and they started taking care of the orphans and the needy by feeding and clothing them, engaging in community development work such as cleaning water sources (ponds), clearing roads overgrown with weeds among others. “We worked together to look for money to sustain the fellowship and to send these children to school because i dropped out of school in primary two (Grade 2) so i never wanted those children to be like i was”
While keeping the community in prayer, a way emerged and eventually Hope and care ministries formally began in the year 2011; a school was started under tree shades for orphans to obtain education and to improve literacy levels in the community, despite being affected by the elements (Rain, heat and the cold), children in the area never stopped attending the school and as fate would have it, temporal structures made of wood were erected to serve as classrooms and accommodation for the school children. This greatly improved the standard of study conditions for the children. “We had no capacity to pay qualified teachers so we brought in primary six – seven (grade six – seven) drop outs to teach nursery -primary 3 children so as to learn something than wondering on the village”