Piggery project gives boost to aging widow in Uganda

In the early days of 2016, a Mass Communication student at Uganda Christian University (UCU) identified a family that needed urgent help.  He was staying at a Hostel located in Bugujju – Mukono where the widow identified as Jane and her family lived.Rev Emma Story Photos (2)

As unemployed student, he had nothing much to offer but small things like sugar, blanket, bedsheets and some of his clothing.

During his time of service as a volunteer in the Communications and Marketing Department at UCU, he worked with Patty Huston a passionate lady from USA working for Uganda Partners.

Patty introduced Lhwanzu to Rev. Emmanuel Mukeshimana the head of Square Ministries with a vision of reaching out to the world’s needy with the love of Christ in East Africa.

In a nutshell, Lhwanzu shared the widow’s story with Rev. Emmanuel. He was willing to help and immediately, the two visited the widow and found out more challenges she was going through as an old woman who is going through poverty to raise her children amidst conflicts within the family.

The starving widow was married to a husband who later died of HIV/AIDS in 2005. “I spent so much money when my husband was sick, his first wife did not put any effort, it was me responsible,” the widow narrated. “I am so lucky I did not get HIV, what would I have done with this kind of poverty?” she wondered.

The widow is staying with her four children with three grandsons.

The first born ended her studies after senior 4 with no hopes of getting more fees for further education. The family could not even afford to take her for a short course. She later conceived and currently she has 3 children.

The second born is a young brilliant girl who completed senior 6 and got stuck. She is now working in a restaurant as a waitress to get a coin for a day.

The last two are still in school, “I can’t explain how I get over 1.5 Million for both of them every term,” she said as she wiped off tears off her cheeks.

Before the husband’s death, he wrote a will that could benefit this widow of taking 60% of his property and the first wife taking only 40%. But she received nothing from this through family wrangles.

Square Ministries came in to give a hand. The non-profitable organisation is starting to implement her dream with a piggery project that will help her get some income to support her family.

“I am so thankful to God that I found hope in square ministries,” the widow confessed.

The widow stays in a very old house that leaks whenever it rains. “We wake up in the night whenever it rains because sometimes the water fills up the children’s room,”

“We can’t sleep whenever it rains at night due to tension,” one of the children narrated.

Goretti“She looked so much stressed after mentioning this and made me feel like I could be able to solve all the problems this family is going through within the blink of an eye.” The Reverend revealed.

What can you do to this kind of situation? The story will continue in the years to come as God uses his people to help a widow such as this.  Square Ministries has helped her to build a pigsty and gave her an expecting sow hopping that very soon she will begin getting a support from the project.

In case you would like to have impact in somebody’s life like this contact us on        squareministriesafrica@gmail.com 

End of the Year 2018 Report

SMA, a Non-Profit organization taking care of the needy in East Africa is proud to partner with whoever has a heart to reach out. After reading this report you can contact us for more details how you can be involved. See the power point pictures here SMA POWER POINT REPORT 2018


1.      Evangelism through piggery

a-      pigsty

Three years ago we identified Mary a widow living with her three grandchildren (12-10-4). Her biggest problem was to have a decent pigsty which does not smell to replace the old one which was not environmental friendly. Her neighbors really hated her pigs due to air pollution (smelling). This year SMA was able to build a decent pigsty which can accommodate 16 pigs. “I have seen God’s love through this ministry, I could not think that people can really support you without a bribe. Whoever comes here wonders how I got this pigsty I tell them, ‘it is God’ because I never knew these people” declares Mary after receiving her new pigsty. The pigsty will help Mary to rear enough pigs to provide for her family and to educate her grandchildren.

b-     A sow and piglets

The question SMA has been battling with was how to intervene in the life of somebody living with HIV/AIDS. Dorothy (nick name) has been living with HIV for more than 15 years, she has two children and one grandchild all living with her. When approached she showed an interest of rearing pigs. SMA bought for her a sow named Grace ready to give birth. In fact after three weeks the sow gave her 7 piglets. As Christian lady she is willing to touch the surrounding community, she will give three of the piglets to her neighbors so that they all share the love of Christ “free given free give”. The giving off springs will continue in that partner and we shall see how it goes in the years to come.


a-      Tuyizere Paul (23)

Paul is an orphan who was left when he was 5, SMA has been helping him from Primary to Secondary. After finishing his A level, SMA has taken him to a diploma course in hotel management in Kigali (Rwanda) for one year and half beginning this September. We hope that when he finishes he will be able to get job in the hotel industry in which he will be able to take care some of his siblings.

b-     Vocational school finalists

This year we were able to have two groups from 101 Vocational School. These are the people who finish vocational training and SMA trains them in microfinance. SMA gives them a package to startup of sewing machines or basic materials to use out there. Every money given out to them is paid back so that other members of the group benefits from it. The training takes five weeks. The first group of 8 people had a training in June and two people received the fund. The second cohort of 5 people got their training in November as usual two got the initial fund. So far by now SMA was able to have three groups including the one of last year. And we have trained a total of 20 people.

3.      FBI  (Family Booster Initiatives)/ Micro- loan scheme

In Micro-loan scheme, we have two categories of people, the ones identified as independents and those who emerge from vocational schools.

On independent ticket, this year we had one person, who successfully paid back the loan and we are to increase the amount of money next year from $ 200 to $ 300. Here we are to note that we do not go beyond $ 500 to an individual beyond that we help them to go to the banks. We have a long waiting list next year of this kind of loans.

Those who are emerging from vocational schools, we have so far 8 members from three groups. Two of them have finished to pay the loan back and they are waiting to go on the independent ticket next year. The way this loan works, is that after a training of one month as indicated above two people are chosen in each group and they are given loans. As they pay back that money goes to the third, then to the fourth and finally to the fifth. Each group is not more than five people. They are given $ 130 which is paid back in ten months.

4.      Community intervention

In the community intervention, we visit people and pray with them. After making friendship we talk about challenges they are facing in life. It is in this case that sometimes we give them pigs/piglets or build pigsty. This year we have embarked on providing water to those who did not have it. It is in this case that we were able to provide tap water to two families. One is a family of 4 headed by a widow. And another is a family of 9 where a man walked away due to the striking poverty in the family. We are planning to do more of these next year because the need is rampant.

5.      Education

In education, SMA was able to send two students to school. Due to finances we give them partial support and request the family members to come in wherever they can. One is in Rwanda (a University student who contributes for herself ¾ of her tuition through selling calling cards and mobile money business) another is in Uganda (a young girl whose mother provides scholarships and SMA gives tuition to the school, she is in senior 4).

6.      New MoU signed

SMA this year  has signed with another vocational school in Mukono District a MoU in which the school gives students training and SMA provide them skills and funds to begin with life after the training. The SMA curriculum has three phases: 1. Training them the basics of life based on Christian models. 2. Visiting them in their homes and work places for encouragement and prayers. 3. Providing refundable funds for materials with no interest instead teaching them how to save on their own. As part of the partnership SMA will be sending school drop outs to this school for training as well as providing a package to the finalists through FBI.

Prayers for next year

1.      Three hundred training of pastors and their spouses in UGANDA

2.      Supporting more children for vocational training

3.      Providing different materials to vocational training finalists

4.      FBI in business and in agriculture/micro-loans

5.      Animal shades for different communities (piggery stalls, poultry etc)

6.      Continuation of the existing programs

Thanks for partnering with SMA

Some of the SMA members


What Would Jesus Do In This Situation?

Of recent I traveled to the Holy Land. My purpose was to learn the Biblical stories while allying them with geographical sites where they happened.

I moved up to Bethlehem, I even touched the Silver Star spot where I believe Jesus Christ was born.  I went ahead to Nazareth where Jesus spent about 30 years working with his earthly father perhaps in carpentry workshop or doing some masonry in building people’s homes to earn a living.

What struck me most was being around the ‘Sea of Galilee’ where he spent three years teaching, preaching and healing various diseases. The stories are so fascinating but when you are physically there you wonder if they really happened. If you desire to be spiritual all along, you would be praying to God to fill you with the Holy Spirit so that you do not go back home the way you came. (Mine is a personal experience therefore I will not reveal my secret to you now).

While at Square Ministries Africa, recently, I was moving around meeting various people. As a pastor some were telling me “pray for us Father!” Yes I do pray often for them and God hears our prayers.

I was struck again with the thought of this young lady whom I knew about 20 years ago, at a tender age. I normally urged Sara Gasengayire 32, to be careful with men so that she will have a very good future when she gets a right man to marry.

However, things turned upside down, she approached me and said “Reverend I am no longer the person you expected me to be because I am diabetic and it has reached to the stage where my kidneys are no longer functioning.”

I told my wife to spare sometime and pay a visit to her. We were very well received by the family members, and we went ahead to her bed side. She narrated, “Reverend I developed complications necessitating initiation of hemodialysis which is required two times a week to maintain my life. The dialysis is done at the National referral hospital and it is expensive requiring up to 200 USD every week.”

I wondered how long this lady will live in this kind of situation with no other source of income. She depends entirely on the family. The doctors have recommended that the best solution for her kidney is a transplant which is a definitive treatment for her condition. Unfortunately, Uganda has no transplant program and relies on other countries like India to carry out this procedure where Gasengayire must go.

One of her relatives has agreed to donate the kidney but she needs 35,000 USD to India. It is where now spirituality conflicted with the reality. What came to my mind was “If Jesus would have been here today, the situation would have changed automatically.” My wife and I contributed towards her weekly expenses and prayed for her for God’s intervention according to his will.

There is a campaign to raise 35,000 USD for her kidney transplant if you have an idea perhaps some organizations which can reach out or your personal contribution towards kidney transplant/weekly expenses please let us know on squareministriesafrica@gmail.com or emmanuel.emily@gmail.com

May God’s will be done in the life of Sarah Gasengayire!

Continue reading “What Would Jesus Do In This Situation?”

Evangelism through piggery

Happy women’s day (if your country celebrates it).

As a teacher and a pastor I have been wondering how we can bridge the gap between the so called “Scholars” and the “ordinary people.” The scholars here I mean those who are educated with a bachelor degree at least and the ordinary people is the common men and women who live on farming and small businesses. In African context the second category is full of women of different types (widows, needy, single mothers etc).

I have been teaching a class called “Theology of poverty” to different cohorts of students doing development studies but always the question was “How can an educated person reach out to the poor with love of Christ?”

It might sound strange to some of you depending on which sphere of the world you find yourself in, but here in global south, it is not easy for those with a bachelor degree to live in a remote area where there is no electricity, water, and other basic needs.

Two years ago, some of my colleagues and I came up with a decision to make a difference from others, we started a ministry called “SMA” (Square Ministries Africa) we decided to leave our comfort zone of being a scholar and we went out to the community to share the love of Jesus with those in need.

In many activities we do, we identified a widow with three children who was desperately in need but very hard working woman for several years. She rears pigs.

Through SMA a friend of mine after healing her story, wanted to put a smile in this woman’s face in providing a very good pigs stall. I know some of you love to eat pork like me and to others love to make money out of it. The love of pigs is from my childhood because partly I did my primary and secondary education through pigs I used to look after during holidays.

From this experience, my friend through SMA has touched this woman by providing a decent pigs stall. She is saying that she will never forget how God can use a stranger to “touch where was hurting her most”, through this decent pigs stall she will be able to rear 18 pigs at once and able to get enough income for the family.

On the physical aspect it is what I can share with you now and on the spiritual journey with her it will be next time or when you are around you can pay a visit to her.

As I conclude I would like to request that if possible you can be a partner with SMA in this campaign to provide decent pigs stalls to at least 100 vulnerable/poor people in East Africa, mainly women. There are three ways to be involved: 1. Prayer, 2. Buy a sow (a female pig ready to give piglets). 3. Building a physical pigs stall. The remaining aspects of supervision, follow up and spiritual outreach will be done with SMA staff.


SMA started working officially in Feb, 2016 with a pilot village located in
Kawuga, Mukono Municipality. Among other things found in that village were people who did not have enough to live on, to send their children to school and with no income to make their ends meet.
SMA is still working with those families one by one as giving guidance and prayers to them as much it can. It is in this regard that Irene 59, a widow was identified as a zealous woman who in case she gets a support she can sustain her household of 6 (two children and three grandchildren).
After assessing what she can really do well we decided to send her in a tailoring school for a period of three months to be extended in case she shows interest to learn how to sew properly. She had been possessing an ordinary sewing machine which she could use in sewing people’s clothe patches. This time she wanted to learn much more how she can be able to make real dresses for women and why not making men’s outfits.
Her ideas were so brilliant, SMA asked her if she could really contribute to her dreams. She responded positively that she will be meeting her transport to the vocational school (A distance of 3km one way about $ 1 per day).
Irene has been in the school for three months and her life has started to change dramatically, recently towards the end of her term, SMA visited her school to see how she was doing. To our surprise, the principle of the school told us that, Irene is a land mark among others actually today, she is having many customers at home because her skills have improved so much.
What next to Irene?
When asked what she thinks about her future, she said that she is aiming at accessing a multipurpose machine which will help her to do various designs at the customer’s wish. SMA has chosen her to get that machine for her end of September and she will be paying back at the end of October (each month she will be paying back a tenth of the total cost to finish up after ten months).
Please pray for Irene to finish her classes well this September and if possible to extend her training to other three months. She has a dream to have her own house as a widow to be able to contribute towards her grandchildren.

The SMA aims at providing school fees to the needy children of different backgrounds in East Africa. We support them in Secondary Schools, Vocational Schools, and Universities. The beneficiaries are to sign an agreement with SMA that they will be able to sponsor another person after they have finished. This helps the organization to generate another donor after long run. The parents or guardians are supposed to help wherever they can like providing shelter, food and sometimes materials to the children depending on the assessment done by SMA staff.
The SMA provides spiritual, moral, and physical follow up from homes and schools to assure that holistic development of these children is in the right direction.

The Story of Doreen
Square Ministries Africa got to know Doreen 24, early 2014 through her local church leader. She is a fifth of six children from her mother (she is from a polygamous family). She dropped out of school in 2012 when she was in senior two because the mother could not meet the school requirements yet the father was not willing to pay for her on top of mistreating the entire family. The father has been in prison for 16 years released in 2010.
Much as she dropped out of school, the passion and interest for school kept on burning within her where she continuously said that one day she will go back to school if God makes a way for her. She worked as house girl saving some of the little money she was earning, hoping that if she gets some money the father would support her and her dreams to go to school become true. But all in vain the father still refused to support her instead he increased mistreating her. This discouraged her and felt hopeless to the extent of committing suicide. As SMA followed up with her story and progress regularly, when it reached to this point, Square Ministries Africa decided to support her to go to a vocational school doing catering. She was enrolled in January 2017.
SMA has a commitment to take her through for two semesters, she will get her certificate of Level 1 in November. The renewal of taking her to another level will depend on her performance and commitment.
Please pray for her for wisdom and discernment for her next stage.



Reaching out to the world’s needy with the love of Christ

With this in Mind the SMA is:

    • To provide help to vulnerable children in the community, through provision of education, medical and spiritual services.
    • To encourage families through establishment of  small scale business
    • To encourage creativity and innovation, that can provide dynamic solutions to dysfunction homes and families.
    • To promote development in the spheres income generating activities so that there is continuity of support to such children and pay particular attentions to the rights of women, children and young people in the community.
    • To provide education and training to the church leaders who are striving to reach out to unreached and extending love to our fellow religious diversities to be theologically grounded.