1. Country Contextual Information
For many years, Uganda has been characterized by political, Religious and constitutional instability. The major issues include but not limited to partisan politics, tyrannical security forces, oppression and exploitation, tension between religions, selfish leaders fighting for their own interests first before any other Service to the people, lack of mutual understanding, and lack of Servant Leaders for role models and mentors of the next generation.
The dictatorial leadership that ruled the country since time immemorial has amplified favoritism, regionalism, and ethnic mistrust that resulted in cycles of corruption and violence, exclusion of certain individuals from some specific positions of governance in the community, the church and public services.
Masindi PLTI Graduation
There has been a struggle in promotion of gender equity at all levels of leadership in different national and community structures. From time of colonialism, Cultural ancestral land was unfairly distributed among the kingdom leaders which plunged the country division, social inequality, and instability among the 56 tribes in Uganda.
All of this created a culture of violence, mistrust which badly affected the general wellbeing of the society. It’s on this background that ALARM Uganda has been pursuing to engage leaders in servant leadership development, peacebuilding, forgiveness, reconciliation, and restorative justice for effective change and sustainable community transformation in Uganda whose population now stands at 43 million people.
2. Servant Leadership Development Department (SLD)
Though many Pastors seem to have the calling and passion to serve God in one way or the other, they are faced with challenges that include but not limited to lack of proper knowledge of God, lack of Biblical training, Biblical Interpretation knowledge, and Biblical resources.
Their personal interests and family welfare take their priority above anything else. Some church leaders/pastors run the church without proper accountability mechanisms, succession plan or mentorship, and end up handing over their church leadership to their un-mentored, ill- prepared descendants or not even called for church ministry of pastoring a church.
ALARM Uganda develops servant leaders who serve and care for all the community members, strategically mentor future leaders who multiply, and build strong communities by modeling exemplary leadership in the body of Christ.
ALARM Staff after a meeting with senior police leadership for enhancement of the Peacebuilding program with Uganda Police
Historically, family, church, community and country leadership has been characterized by autocratic and spiritual pride which ended up producing master-servant kind of relationships at all levels of social life. Poor biblical teaching & interpretation or non-teaching at all caused nominalism in the churches, multiplying the number of converts instead of disciples.
The country also lacks properly established biblical theological colleges with sound doctrine that are ready to admit local pastors and those that are available are very expensive and are also not willing to admit local Pastors who do not have the minimum education standards, of which ¾ of local pastors fall in that category.
Thus, majority of the Pastors are struggling with the calling without knowledge and they end up by surrounding themselves with People who are like them for easy control which has made the Church to deteriorate and become despised.
Furthermore, the church leadership engaged in physical/manual service in church but are not giving them required training to prepare them for leadership; and women are still not trusted to participate in church management due to the stereotype guided by cultural norms and traditional beliefs.
There is no doubt that the root cause of all the above problem realities is the lack of knowledge among leaders who didn’t have appropriate training and role models of Servant Leadership in their upbringing. The historical and traditional leadership challenges created lack of a culture of mutual desire and trust for one another which continues to be seen in a situation of some church leaders conflicting and having many break away churches without proper foundation and mentoring.
This is a visible evidence that many leaders themselves aren’t yet transformed. Some were called into ministry but were not properly prepared and others were forced into leadership positions, without proper preparation, genuine discipleship, nor mentoring.
There is a great need to intervene for the family, the community, the church, and the nation to bridge the existing knowledge gap to be solved and reconciliation to be embraced, with conflict preventive measures put in place for a better future.
Celebrating World peace day in Kampala 2019
3. Peacebuilding, Restorative Justice, and Reconciliation Department (PJR)
For many years, the country of Uganda has suffered Political Instability, ethnic and religious conflicts, social inequality and impartiality, land or property conflicts, partisan and cruel security forces, manipulation of youth and taxi/ motorcycle riders, hatred among leaders, corrupt justice system, and loss of parental responsibility.This situation makes it urgently necessary to re-establish peacebuilding, restorative justice and reconciling relationships in the family, the community, the church, and the nation.
ALARM Uganda is committed to heal the current generation by providing them with skills and knowledge in peacebuilding, forgiveness, reconciliation, peaceful co-existence, and sensitizing people on the beauty of ethnic diversity, among government officials, police and military officers, Taxi and motorcycle riders, judges and lawyers, church and community leaders, youth and Sunday school teachers for both genders.
Community Based orphan support Program after graduation having received their tool boxes as support for self employment
We also have plans for starting a mediation center for Christian lawyers in Uganda in order to equip more lawyers with skills in mediation governed by Christian principles of dispute resolution and reconciliation. The need for this mediation center is informed by the fact that many people resort to court for resolution of conflicts yet court takes very long to resolve disputes and is also very expensive thus leading to a backlog of case, having many people in prison yet their conflicts would have been resolved peacefully and quickly and many people not getting the justice that they deserve due to lack of funds to spend in the stringent and very expensive court system.
Ugandan police officers just like other citizens have been traumatized by the negative history of bad governance and sometimes they misbehave and engage in revenge and brutality. This is worsened by mutual misunderstandings, violent conflicts between themselves and various categories of people.
The current police involved in suppression of government opposition voices and critics has subjected some of them to different attacks, insults, mistreatments and humiliation. ALARM gives them training in trauma healing, restorative justice, Reconciliation, servant leadership for peaceful coexistence.
We have a number of refugees in Uganda who also need intervention in the areas of trauma healing, conflict resolution and servant leadership. Some are in Northern Uganda-from South Sudan and others are in Western Uganda from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Gender Based violence in families. This has been going on and is mainly due to cultural challenges, lack of knowledge regarding human rights and conflict resolution skills/knowledge. There is also lack of resources among families and this indirectly causes conflicts in families and with little knowledge on resolution of conflicts, family members end up fighting. ALARM has planned to carry out a Gender Based Violence combating program in Northern Uganda which is among the most affected areas in Uganda.
Goal: To build Peace-builders for conflicts prevention, resolution, and transformation for peaceful co-existence.
- Senior Police and Staff College-Bwebajja Training on Leadership, Conflict resolution and Trauma healing (45 police officers)
- Lawyers Conference –Kampala: (50 lawyers) 3 days training Session. Student Lawyers
- Conference- (100 student Lawyers) 3 days training Session.
- South Sudanese youth refugees Conflict resolution and trauma healing conference
- Peace building Conference-conflict Management. Joint dialogue Kampala (100 participants comprising of police officers, Motorcycle taxi riders and community leaders- 1 session.
4. Community Transformation Department (CT)
Department Description: Uneven distribution of resources/skills, unhealthy beliefs, poor agricultural practices and cultural practices have been a hindrance to any attempts and efforts to transform a community towards self-sustainability and peace.
Furthermore, rural communities in Uganda and those living in semi settlements of the city suburbs have limited abilities to address various issues that affect their daily lives such as access to safe drinking water, economic destitution, orphans and windows without care, jobless young and adult women, and prostitution and early forced marriage.
These high level of vulnerability and dependence needs adequate and progressive program to fix them or at least reduce their impact. It is in this un-bearable circumstances that ALARM Uganda operates its ministry of servant leadership, peacebuilding, forgiveness, trauma healing, reconciliation and economic empowerment.
The interventions will lead to Servant leadership development and awareness on peaceful co-existence, orphaned children access to basic needs, improved livelihoods and income among individuals equipped with technical skills in crop diversification and market access, an empowered self-sustaining community within their Districts.
- Kyotera-Rakai Waterwells Project
- ALARM Pader Technical and Peacebuilding Institute (300 Students) whole year.
- Community Based Orphan Support (CBOSP) Orphans care holistic child development support addressing cognitive, spiritual, socio-emotional and health development. (408 children) runs for the whole year