In 2018, Shepherd’s Gate was able to purchase one acre of land in Kasanje-Buyege, where we had dreams of building a Children’s Centre and serving the neighborhood around us.
By the end of 2019, the house was complete and the children were able to move into the home with the House Mother and attend
the local schools.
As the building project was concluding, it became clear that Shepherd's Gate would need a long term source of clean water to run the Children's Centre. We had been buying jerry cans filled with water during construction, and trying to collect rainwater. A donation made it possible to dig a well, creating a source of fresh, clean water to assist us with the health and hygiene of children. We also purchased a large rain barrel to collect water for use in our farming project.
After purchasing the land, Shepherd’s Gate began planting a small garden that includes matooke, beans, corn, avocados, sweet potato, cassava and beans. This year, we planted passion fruit trees on the property. Our goal is to teach children how to tend the garden, ingraining a valuable life skill in Uganda. In addition, the garden helps us provide food for some of less fortunate neighbors.
We quickly learned that the soil needed fertilizer in order to produce more abundant crops. This led to the purchase of rabbits, whose waste is one of the best fertilizers. We plan to share this knowledge with other neighbors and help them with their own rabbit projects.
Goats are useful in Uganda for providing milk and are often used as a food source. We have been blessed with the gift of a goat at the Centre and hope to raise more goats.
We raise support to pay for school fees, uniforms, and school supplies for the children living at the Centre. In addition, we provide some assistance to local families who are able to pay school fees, but need help the school supplies and books.
Shepherd’s Gate provides a strong focus on learning biblical truths through various kinds of bible teachings and studies. At the Centre, we read bible stories and teach children to pray. We also hold events for neighboring children to hear the gospel message.
Shepherd’s Gate is partnering with other organizations and businesses in the greater Entebbe region to collect gently used clothes, shoes, and household items from caring citizens. These items can then be distributed to children at the Centre and shared with neighboring families with limited resources.
Shepherd’s Gate recently received a donation to purchase two additional acres around the existing property. We hope to use this space to expand our garden and farming capability, as well as building a basic, covered open air seating venue that can be used to hold community events, such as gospel outreach, children's camps, economic empowerment teaching, and medical assessment fairs for the community.