Soul Touch International

 “​​​​​​​​The local church is the hope of the world’-Bill Hybells. This simply means , the church is a solution to the problems the world`s experiencing.  Meet Soul Touch International whose priority is to be church to the vulnerable children in slums around Kampala.

1. Who is Soul Touch?

Soul Touch International is a registered Christian organisation that was initiated by a group of university students in 2011; under the leadership of Ronald Amanya to respond to God`s call to preach the gospel and help needy children in slums, believing that every sinner can turn into a saint and every slave can become a master given time and opportunity. We focus on gospel missions, student outreach and child care. Child care is handled under the  soul care project.

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Founding team back in 2011 (Ronald Amanya ,seated between the two ladies on the grass)    Photo source: Soul Touch International

2. How do you get the kids under soul care project?

They are recommended by a school, church, police or organizations in the community. The soul care team follows up the child in order to get full recommendation from the local council of that community and then the family`s consent. Parents need to give us permission to take on their children .

We take on kids who are deemed to be needy, vulnerable or less advantaged from the slum communities of Katanga, Bwaise, Kasokoso, Kawala and Mulago. We register children between 5-9 years. The idea is to evolve with them upto university level.

 3. How many kids did you start with in 2011 and how many do you have currently?

We started with only 2 children (Paul and Denis) from Katanga who were not attending school at that time because their parents lacked school fees and other scholastic materials.

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Paul & Denis, the pioneer children

We currently have 30 children  under our Soul care project .They are all enrolled into various Nursery and Primary schools for example Batvalley, Buganda road, St.Martin, Kawala Junior,and many others.

4.What more do you offer the children besides school fees and taking care of their school needs?

  • Mentor-ship where we connect them with mentors who can inspire them to fulfill their dreams.
  • Family empowerment involves helping the parents of the children start up their own small businesses so they are able to sustain their families. It also involves visiting with the families and praying with them to ten to their emotional and spiritual needs.

5.Challenges Soul Touch has  faced since it’s inception.

  • Financial constraints since the budget expenses are always high especially when school begins.
  • Fundraising is tedious since the term Ngos and money has over the years received a bad reputation.
  • Rent since we have to maintain an official address.
  • Soul Touch International  is a growing organisation with most of our staff being  volunteers who are not easy to depend on as their commitment and experience is not reliable.

6. What are your sustainability plans?

  • In partnership with Makerere Palliative care unit,we started a piggery project in Wakiso which can partly support the organisation.
  • We have started teaching our children to make crafts which we will in turn sell off .

7.How can people partner with Soul Touch International?

  • Sponsor a child at only 70,000 or 20 USD.
  • Be a mentor to a child
  • Volunteer with us
  • Donate any amount of money monthly or annually.

8.Where is Soul Touch International  located?

Location: Makerere Kikoni near canani land

Website: http://www.soultouchinternational.org

Email:info@soultouchinternational

Facebook:Soul Touch International or soul care project

Twitter: SoulTouch_UG

Tel: +256706535283/+256785853134

Put a P in it

 

 

 

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October  has generously swung its doors wide open for me already and I have coined a theme,“Living expectantly.” BECAUSE I AM….

I had a meeting with two amazing ladies(Vicks as I call her and Anitah), amazing writers that have graced this earth in our generation. The meet up was centered on a project we are collaborating on in the writing sphere.

So Anita suggested a visit to the museum *silence* since I personally hadn`t been inside the museum in years. Vicks and I were not up for the idea as there is nothing much to see and write about in our Uganda museum . However, there is something Anita said that for a moment had my mind working on this very piece.

“Go through the museum with a new perspective-a mature perspective, you just might find inspiration.’’

All you need is to put a P in it-Perspective ; which simply means,“ a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view.’’

This October set out to put a P in every situation. Have a new perspective on life, your friends, job,Uganda and Africa at large. This will hep us delve into opportunities other than shying away , restore and mend friendships just by seeing things from  different lens.

Don`t get me wrong, this doesn`t mean you forget your principles ,in any case carry them with you however just see things from a different perspective-you will learn something.

Look and live through October with a new perspective and I believe it will be a great month for you.

Mirror ,mirror on the wall

Girls are constantly reminded that a mirror is a must have in your bag, room, rest rooms and every where else. The mirror is major job is to reflect images and that has never changed. As I watched snow white and the hunts man, the evil queen`s mirror sparked off this piece.

I loved the classic snow white and the 7 dwarfs story and my young mind could not comprehend her beauty. What sort of beauty was this that made her top the queen`s list of most wanted people? I wonder who Elle or Marie Claire magazine would       compare to Snow white among the Hollywood celebrities or even our own Ugandan   celebrities.... I know many girls today would kill to be on the evil queen`s list with a tagline, ``wanted for being more beautiful than the queen.'*loool* 

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The current re-make of snow white and the 7 dwarfs is “snow white and the huntsman.” Forget the fact that the huntsman is  Chris Hemsworth ; the movie is quite thrilling and had me hooked and here is why…..
The evil queen has a mirror  and constantly asks the mirror just one question.
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The  mirror always said, “you my queen are the fairest of them all ” queen is obsessed with her beauty that she believed no one should be fairer than her as if that is even possible, with the tagline that the beautiful ones are not yet born, hehehe. The queen was cursed to be this way-vanity just like the book of Ecclesiastes says. On one occasion, the mirror told her another is fairer than her, the evil queen decided in her heart to kill snow white.

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Many of us like the evil queen  are constantly probing and seeking for validation from mirrors in our lives.Mirrors are just a representation of  people,achievements,careers,marriages,education, sense of style,etc that validate us. We attach identity to them yet they are perishable and  when they don`t fill that emptiness, we feel lost and empty.

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The need to be validated by people, social media, academic papers, marriage, etc can be frustrating and leaves one with a void.Our validation should  come from the holy book as we flip each page . It reflects our true self to us as we behold our maker. The holy book is the only mirror that reflects your true self back at you. It seeks to reveal you to who you are-who your maker says you and not what Aunt Lala or John say you are.

Behold the word of God each day, let it transform you as it reveals you to who you are without frustrating you. It fills you and covers your emptiness. Delve deeper into the word and watch you meet you because a mirror reflects you.

There is no way around growing and functioning in your identity apart from God. Go deeper each day.

#Which mirror are you viewing yourself  through today?

To Men :Don`t be misunderstood

I had tea with a friend some weeks ago (he loves his tea and I love my bites, hehehe), we talked about a number of things as he sought to pick my opinion on various issues at hand. I obviously desired to hear his opinions too especially on the topic of dating and relationships.

I asked him why he has never dated and he had a mouthful to say;

“ because I don`t want to play with any girls heart.I want my words to have meaning to the one I choose to settle down with.

I don`t use endearments like dear, honey, boo or bae as they don`t easily roll off my tongue buh also because they are secretly kept for my ONE. I would be termed old school in most people`s lenses however, I am simply being true to myself and `HER’. I desire that every word I use she will believe it.

When I say she is my sugar, spice, honey and boo; she will believe every letter as it slips from my mouth. I never want her to doubt me or my words. Each word must carry great weight of meaning .

I refrain from touching any girl in a way I wouldn`t touch my sister because I don`t want to be misunderstood. I want my touch to be pure and leave nothing to chance. I want my touch on her to be firm, loving, tender ,protective-all these in just a simple touch.

In my singleness, I have put up boundaries which are not necessarily for the ladies I interact with but for ME. Funny,huh!!!. The boundary lines of Uganda are for Uganda to protect her territory. I will text with my lady friends however, I don`t want them to misunderstand me; so I keep my guard up. NO loose talk that will allow them to read in between the lines. I want the ONE to have no reason to remind me to put up my boundaries because she sees them clearly defined ;so do her friends and my friends.

The lines must be clear for all to see and respect; where there are no boundaries abuse is inevitable.

To my fellow men out there, protect each woman you meet. Don`t allow her to have a bad conception about all men. A statement has been coined, “all men are dogs’’ and I disagree not all men are dogs. Women in our lives need to be protected from unkind words, touches, stares, treatment that is not respectful.

Preserve each lady you meet; treat her with the respect she deserves and she doesn`t have to be the ONE for you to be moved to compassion and proper treatment.

Each lady is a queen, treat her as royalty while  in that taxi , at the bank queue, voting lines, downtown traffic…….”

I couldn`t agree more with this rare specie of a man…..our tea moment was beyond words special and he got me praying for all our men to harbor such a message.

Sudden Happenings#2

As i penned my final exams in may 2014,i knew i wanted 5 months of rest because i felt i had exhausted every fiber of my body and now pampering  was my new agenda.

Suddenly ,i was offered an internship placement at Kyusa!!!!!Pampering was not top priority anymore .

I didn`t pray for the internship placement to come that soon; i wanted it to come after my 5 months of pampering .funny!huh??Sudden happenings don`t have a looming mark of arrival; they just drop like atomic bombs in world war 11. When they drop , it`s either happiness or sadness.

Good things happen when we least expect them.It`s like praying for something to happen in a month and it happens months later .By this time, you have probably forgotten  and lost heart.Then suddenly, the answer comes your way bringing fulfillment and joy.

Luke 18:1 emphasizes that, “men ought to pray and not lose heart.”But what happens when i receive what i have prayed for; do i still need to pray?

Prayer is not about God granting your requests but it`s about intimacy with the Father.The giver of the answer is more important than the answer.The relationship with the giver of the answers is very important and must be given utmost attention . 

Intimacy is irrespective of whether i get an answer in prayer or not.Intimacy with God can never be substituted for anything.In any case,intimacy with God ought to be a priority at all frontiers.

Know whom you have believed in and let prayer be a lifestyle ;not a one off when you  feel you need more of God because you lack tuition, food, transport, and other needs.

God loves you so much that even before you ask for anything He already knows and you know what-He has already provided. Learn and study the word of God  in order to embrace His principles .

One size fits all??

If you are a lady you must be familiar with this term, “one size fits all’ when it comes to clothes. However, I have come to the realization that one size doesn`t fit all. As we embrace different seasons in our lives, we must embrace them with the motto, ‘one size will never fit all.’’

This is the reason why clothes have various sizes. It is not because they have variety of materials  but simply because some sizes flatter certain bodies and others don`t. Shoemakers know this too well and diversify shoe sizes too.

Being a 20 something girl in this 21st century is hard or people make it hard on us. Our sengas (local word for aunt) hammer us with the “get married’ now talk. They go ahead to set conditions of what kind of man you should bring home, how the wedding and traditional function should be. They mean well however, they must know one size doesn`t fit all. There is a time and season to all things.

Ecclesiastes“ to everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.’’NKJV

If the people around you think you are ripe for marriage, certain opportunities…..what does God say not think? SAY

Since we finished campus in 2014, some of my friends have been married, others have babies and some are travelling like their middle name is travel .Oh did I mention, that some have THE jobs to die for. I am genuinely happy for them and I don`t want to be unsettled by their seasons neither should you be.

Ecclesiastes 3: 11, “He has made everything beautiful in its time.’’ NKJV

Embrace the fact that God has made all things beautiful in HIS TIME .

Be happy in your size and don`t try making it work for others nor should you try other people`s sizes. Be content in your own skin, size, time and season .

One  size will never fit all……