Karis Ministry

Karis Family Link Ministry

Karis Family Link ministry is a specialised Diocesan Ministry that supports needy families that are caring for orphaned vulnerable children from the slums within the diocese. The ministry was started in 2006, in partnership with Karis Kids Uk, a UK based registered charity. The model works through church links and family links; the diocese and the charity as Umbrella partners identify churches from either side and link them up for Karis cause, it is out of the church links that family links are formed retrospectively. The current church links are:

  • St. Nicholas Kalerwe C.O.U – Christ Church Winchester
  • St. John’s Kamwokya C.O.U Winchester Vineyard Church
  • St. Peter’s Wamdegeya C.O.U- Holy Trinity Richmond
  • St. Peter’s Naguru- Working Vineyard
  • St, Paul’s Okuvu C.O.U- The Downs Benefice
  • St. Luke’s Ntinda C.O.U – Christ Church Beckenham

We are believing God for more church links so that more families may be helped.
Over the years, the ministry has grown from supporting ten families in 2006 to now 105 families from six churches, with a total of about 600 beneficiaries, in this model a supported family is considered as an entity as opposed to individual child sponsorship’s.
Staffing, the diocese employs four full time staff exclusively dedicated to the smooth running of Karis ministry; A project Manager, communication officer, Accounts Assistant and an office assistant. Also, each linked chruch identifies a volunteer who mobilizers and gathers information about the linked families from their respective churches whenever needed..

The major activities include:
-Food items to families.
-Capacity building seminars in the areas of health, parenting and financial literacy among others, for both children and caregivers/ Parents accordingly.
-Provision of household items like beddings, mosquito nets, water purification kits and washing soap.
-Managing correspondence between the UK and Uganda linked families through letter exchange and facilitating visits.
-Facilitating children’s schooling through provision of school fees, scholastic materials career Guidance and counseling.
-Evangelizing the beneficiaries through preaching during family gatherings and conducting children/ Youth camps.