About Eden Ministries –Uganda
Eden Ministries Uganda is an African founded National organization operating in Uganda as faith-based community development organization. We empower local and vulnerable communities to break the cycle of poverty, creating sustainable transformation in their communities.
Families and individuals within these communities’ desire to change; they long for adequate food, good health, education, modern technology and a secure life. Unfortunately, because of their destitute conditions, hope is fleeting and change seems impossible. They feel hopeless in their current situation, but lack the knowledge and resources to change. They deserve to live a life free from poverty. We see a day when the Uganda’s most vulnerable and marginalized have life in its fullness and have it in abundance.
Eden Ministries Uganda has been engaged in Holistic development programs since June 2012 starting with the first Project in Kamuli District, Mbulamuti with a seed school to provide free Education to the vulnerable community. Since then, Eden ministries has broadened its scope and is in two Districts of kamuli and Buikwe in central part of Uganda.
The main goal of Eden Ministries Uganda programming is to listen for, and then follow God’s program in line with the original vision given to the ministry’s founder – to serve God in obedience to His call and to serve the needy so that they can reach their God-given potential.
Guided by kingdom values, EMU programming strives to bring the lost, the vulnerable, the broken hearted, and those in bondage and disabled, to reach their full human capacity. It takes into account their spiritual, physical, psychological, social and economic needs. The focus is both internal and external, starting with one’s own conviction and commitment to God and then reaching out to others to connect them to the One who gives life in its fullness.
Critical for the growth, expansion, and long-term existence of the ministry are three pillars: Impact, Multiplication, and Sustainability.
John 15:16 (NIV) “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit – fruit that will last – and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you”
We have not been called to just sow seeds. We have not been called to just cultivate the land. These are necessary part of the call. But what we have been appointed for is bringing forth fruit. Fruit that will last!
Every effort, every task, every project we engage in must be qualified and prioritized on the basis of intended impact. Operating on a lean budget, our social return on investment (SROI) should be in the range of 10:1 – 10 dollars of social value derived from every dollar invested.
Our impact will be measured in terms of number of transformed lives. Using the concept of empowerment, transformation happens when people transition from a state of powerlessness to a state of relative control over their lives and destiny. From a Biblical perspective:
- Man is created in God’s image; poverty mars this image by demeaning and reducing human worth (Gen 1:26-28)
- God’s original plan (Vision of Shalom) was to keep mankind in complete harmony – spiritually, socially and with the environment (Gen 2)
- Poverty is, therefore, the result of a broken relationship with God (Genesis 3 – production became more difficult and sin distorted man’s relationship with his Maker, fellow man, and the environment)
- God has restored this relationship through Christ (Gen 3:15, John 10:10b)
- God is concerned with the poor (Exodus 23:11, Isaiah 10;1-2, 58)
- All resources belong to God (Psalm 24:1) and the church is the place where the kingdom economy is manifested (Act 4:34-35)
- The teachings and the ministry of Jesus were well aligned with the nature of God – empowering the poor (Luke 4:18, Mat 22;35, 25:35, Mat 16:19, James 1;27, Gal2:2,10, 2 Cor 2;8)
- Biblical work ethics discourage dependency and guide us to empower the needy (Gen 2;15, 1stThes 2;9 ,2ndThes 3; 8-10)
Transformation therefore begins with the heart and permeates every aspect of one’s life. The pillars of transformation include:
- The SOURCE: Restored relationship with the Father is at the heart of transformation (Luke 11:2, 2Cor 9:10).
- No longer focusing on RESOURCES, instead focusing on the SOURCE (John 15:4, Matthew 6;33)
- Prayer becomes the lifeline for continuous transformation (2Cor.3:18)
- The SEED: The seed is the wholistic word of God (John 1;14, 1peter 1;23, John 6:9, 2King 4;2). It is Wholistic (Thessalonians 5:23, 2nd king 4:1-4), Replicable, Multipliable (John 12:24), Transferable, and Righteous. The type of seed we plant today determines our harvest tomorrow.
- The SOIL: Selecting the right soil ensures successful programming. These are individuals, churches, and communities that fit 2Tim 2:2:
- Able to teach others
- The SOWER: As sowers we must demonstrate some critical characteristics which include:
- The Head: Kingdom mind set with continuous renewal (Roma 12:1-2)
- The Heart: Servant attitude and teachable (Philippians 2::1-2)
- The Hand: Hard working (Ecclesiastes’ 11:6, James 1:22)
- The Habit: Serving others is not a project or program but a life style (Phi2)
- The SERVICE: The service we offer is based on the kingdom standards and principles:
- It is not about successful programs, it is about transformed people. (Isaiah 61, 58)
- It is integrated and balanced (Great commission, great commandment and great concern)
- It glorifies God (Psalm 96:3)
All program activities including envisioning, training Modern technologies, home visits, health support, and social engagement are geared towards this transformation agenda. It is our measure of IMPACT!
2 Corinthians 5:17,20 (NKJV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new… Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ…”
True transformation will reflect in the beneficiary becoming an advocate for the cause. When one is transformed, they cannot but tell others about their transformation, leading to other people wanting to be transformed the same way. The case of the Samaritan woman in John 4 is illustrative of this: she left her water pot and went into town to invite others to her experience with the Savior (John 4:28,29).
The classic multiplication passage is 2 Timothy 2:2. In this passage, Paul explains to Timothy his basic strategy: transfer what you have learnt to faithful men who will be able to teach others. As we sow and bear fruit, we continuously monitor to see which fruit is suitable for multiplication (FAT = faithful, available, and teachable). We invest our time and resources in such people, encouraging and supporting them to multiply. In this way, even when we exit the scene, the work continues uninhibited. And such was the case with Paul – even while in prison, the work continued (1 Thessalonians 1:8). (See also John 17:18)
Luke 8:1-3 (NLT) “He took His twelve disciples with him, along with some women… who were contributing from their own resources to support Jesus and His disciples.”
Jesus had ministered to these women (Luke 8:2,3a), and they had taken up the role of supporting the work of ministry. In this way, Jesus and the disciples could continue to preach the gospel in other villages. The principle goes hand in hand with the concept of multiplication – that those who have benefitted from our ministry should take part in expanding the ministry to others by giving of their resources. These resources will include human, social, cultural, natural, physical, economic, and spiritual capital.
Critical aspects of sustainability include:
- Institutional sustainability – Structures and systems that enhance credibility and ensure the institution is independent of personnel. Personnel come and go, but the institution remains.
- Financial sustainability – Capacity to generate sufficient resources to fund operations. This, of necessity, implies the capacity grows with need and inflation.
- Technical sustainability – Continuous capacity building to ensure competence, as well as innovation to support continued impact.
- Benefit sustainability – Ownership by beneficiaries and utilization of local resources to ensure continuity of the work with little or no external intervention.
- Spiritual sustainability – Entrenched discipleship process that ensures sustained spiritual depth and solid theological teaching in the community
We see a day when the Uganda’s most vulnerable and marginalized have life in its fullness and have it in abundance
We empower local and vulnerable communities to break the cycle of poverty, creating sustainable transformation.
I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance. – John 10:10b
And provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. – Isaiah 61:3
Statement of Faith
EDEN MINISTRIES UGANDA strictly adheres to the Lausanne Covenant for World Evangelization:
As it states, we believe and affirm the authority and power of the Bible, the explained purpose of God, the uniqueness and universality of Christ, the call to evangelize, Christian social responsibility, the necessity of discipleship, the reality of spiritual warfare, freedom of worship, the power of the Holy Spirit, and the return of Christ.
Eden Ministries Uganda Principles
Jesus modeled the perfect prayer life. We seek to follow His example and humbly commit ourselves to the Lord in thanksgiving and praise. We ask for God’s guidance and wisdom as we serve the poor and vulnerable. This ministry is His and we are the stewards of His resources. We are committed to going where He calls.
True transformation only comes when sustainable solutions are implemented. We approach each community with a long-term vision that enables church partners to meet the urgent needs of a community while also empowering the community for the future.
Mobilize the Church
God called the Church to carry out His vision of restoration. We mobilize the local church so that it may put that vision into action and restore its community spiritually and physically from within.
Developing Local Leadership
We work to develop church and civic leaders who are invested in their communities. Local ownership and initiation is key to developing a community for long-term impact. This aspect pervades throughout the entire organization as our leadership reflects the countries and regions it serves.
Health, sports, Hope and Lasting Transformation
Poverty is a complex issue that requires integrated solutions. We are committed to helping communities identify the root causes of poverty in their context and equipping them to address those issues in an integrated, customized way that offers health, sports for youth, hope and lasting transformation.
We walk with local church partners to restore complete community health. We firmly believe that by empowering the communities to participate in the solution, the individuals begin to recognize their God-given dignity and self-worth.
Advocacy and improved technologies
We have walked with and served the poor and the vulnerable and have earned the right to become advocates for the least of these. We will continue to advocate for the widow, the fatherless, and the refugee.
He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. – Deuteronomy 10:18.
The EDEN MINISTRIES UGANDA Development Model
Our model builds on the spiritual truth that the gospel should bring about changes in the spiritual, social, and material dimensions of a community to holistically improve the human condition. We utilize an integrated approach to cultivate community ownership of the transformations that take place. Local ownership and responsibility is necessary for the sustainable transformation of a community.
The Local Church
We partner local churches because we believe it is who Christ ordained to carry out the purposes of God. We know that long after our work is complete within a community, it is the local church who is left to continue the work.
Earning capacity and savings are the basis for physical poverty alleviation. When one is able to provide for their family, they have more dignity and a better understanding of their self-worth. We focus on economic empowerment opportunities that promote self-sufficiency and innovation to create value in a given economy
Health is the basis for life. Each and every community we serve has a specific emphasis on disease prevention, health promotion, and care. The community plays a vital role in identifying the areas of greatest need and implementing health programs that build upon existing assets, capacity, and the established health network.
Education is the basis for development. All our initiatives include community wide seminars and educational interventions targeting the identified needs, assets, and capacity within a community. Specific attention is always given to developing the practical theology of our church partners within the community.
Social engagement is the basis for breaking the poverty cycle. Nothing changes when nothing is changed. We work to equip and walk alongside communities as they identify the structural evil that perpetuates their circumstances. Furthermore, we encourage our local church partners to fully utilize their unique role in the community by advocating for its most vulnerable members.
Integrated Information Technology system. These will include just a few notes on some but are not limited to:
- Social Media marketing campaign: to obtain donations, investments, partners, volunteers, colaborators & prayer. Making activities transparent and create a online “hype” about Eden Ministries. Awareness for volunteer opportunities are as important to funding.
- Online Registration of all parties involved in the organization: beneficiaries, scholars, youth groups, staff, donors, partners, sponsors, members, volunteers, and colaborators.
- Donations on the website: Functionality to allow potential donors/ investors / partners to select specific areas and even specific people/children which they would like to sponsor.
- Online Project Management & Coordination: Incorporate functionality whereby projects are managed holistically & transparently. Members can have access to view how projects are progressing, budget status and spending.
- Management & Scheduling of volunteers: The organization and structuring of this will allow an ongoing and continuous availability of volunteers.
- Online educational curriculum for Vocational Training: To ensure continuation of volunteer work in a coordinated system. Having volunteers coming and going could be disruptive to the students.
- Online store: Whereby locals could sell their products.
- Online Job Portal for potential employers and employees.
- Community Hub: With the aim to make as much resources available not only to potential sponors but to tourists.
Transformation is the theological concept that the Gospel should bring about change within the spiritual, social and material dimensions of a community. Development is the process of improving the human condition.
Jesus’ ministry exemplifies a transformational approach with compassionate care for the whole person. He fed, held, taught, mourned with, laughed with, ate with, and deeply identified with all manner of people during His ministry. He healed diseases. He trained his disciples in order to multiply His ministry. He partnered with all who were open to Him – ordinary people in the communities where He ministered. He was innovative and moved out of the standardized ways of teaching and living. The impact His work had, and continues to have, on the cultures of the world is immeasurable. The Bible teaches us fundamental principles of transformational ministry which are as simple as His gospel. As we seek to be like Him, He reveals each stage and situation of our walk and service and what He asks of us.
Within its wider program activities, EDEN MINISTRIES UGANDA is executing different projects in various countries and places as needs arise. Projects are carried out to meet the needs of the local communities in collaboration with churches and other local community-based organizations. Project cycle management provides guidelines for successfully carrying out specific projects in line with overall EDEN MINISTRIES UGANDA objectives. At the same time prayer covering, listening to and consulting for local context and needs is critical, and necessary adjustments will be made throughout the project cycle.
A program may include one or several projects at various times with specific objectives that are linked to the achievement of higher-level common objectives/goals. Thus, projects are usually the smallest unit of development programs and plans, which are derived from prevailing development policies. They have specific beginning and ending points with objectives to be attained. Project Cycle Management has five phases:
Project cycle management
To identify a project’s focus, we need to determine who should benefit and what their needs are. A Needs Assessment provides an overview of community problems. A Capacity Assessment helps identify which problem the project should address.
This phase focuses on the process of considering and selecting projects which will address the target community’s felt needs in order to attain specific development objectives in the intended project area and for the country’s broader development goals. At this stage, EDEN MINISTRIES UGANDA will formulate and develop a project idea for a specific area to address the most relevant problem requiring intervention. This activity is handled by the country program division and further developed and crystallized through discussion with different EDEN MINISTRIES UGANDA departments, local community representatives, churches and technical experts. To develop the project concept/proposal:
- Carry out the needs and capacity assessments using appropriate tools/methodologies:
- Listening in order to identify the strongest feelings of the community members about their problem. It is important to use open-ended questions.
- Key Informant Interviews: Asking questions and talking with key individuals to identify existing knowledge and experience and to understand the local context.
- Focus group discussions with various groups in order to identify problems, needs and difficulties in the community.
- Community mapping: In a group session, community members draw a map of their community to tell their story together. Through the process, they discuss what to include or exclude, important points on the map, and what the map shows about the needs of the community.
- Baseline survey: This first set of data is systematically collected based on the project’s objectives in order to understand community needs and capacity. Preparation for this should include extensive context analysis with involvement of all stakeholders to ensure that the needs and problems identified, and the solutions proposed, are viable and realistic. Prayer walks and listening are key factors in this process.
- Capacity analysis: Serves to comprehensively examine the social, economic, human, natural, physical, and spiritual resources, abilities and potential that already exist in a community in order to address its prioritized needs.
- Select the core problem and identify the objectives that will be achieved through the intervention.
- Prior to preparation of a full project proposal, develop a concept note containing pertinent descriptive information to justify the intervention based on the felt needs of the target community. Concept notes are useful for analyzing viability and financial decisions while serving as a tool in the search for resources and funding. The concept note should include:
- Overview of the community
- Project justification
- Project beneficiaries and how they will benefit
- Organization’s capacity to execute the project
- Estimated budget as well as other resources needed.
Once the decision is made to go ahead with a project within LIA’s framework, more thorough data collection and information organization is required. The following activities will be carried out:
- Definition of project objectives describing a variety of potential solutions.
- Definition of project scope, location and site.
- Detailed preliminary study to identify broad socio-economic features including spiritual, technical, social, environmental, institutional, financial, economic and political factors relative to the project, indicating risks, assumptions and sustainability related issues.
- Obtain approval from all concerned at the local level, and submit to Programs and Resource Mobilization office for review and processing.
- Begin fund raising process in line with LIA’s values.
Once the previous steps have been carried out, a proposal should be written with the following sections:
- Project summary
- Background and justification
- Organizational and management structure specific to project and level of EDEN MINISTRIES UGANDA program development.
- Overall objective
- Specific objectives
- Activities and strategies
- Beneficiary selection criteria
- Key assumptions and risks
- Monitoring and evaluation plan
- Phase out and sustainability strategies
Following the above stated procedures, the proposal will be submitted to the country board for endorsement and to the International office for approval and fundraising.
Project proposals should be included in yearly and quarterly plans for timely review and approval at the International level.
This section/phase covers project implementation, management and control. It includes:
- Ground preparation – getting the community ready for project execution, preparing necessary tools and equipment, and obtaining relevant approvals from the local authorities
- Capacity building – equipping all involved parties so they understand and have the capacity to effectively play their role in the project
- Execution – carrying out activities planned so as to realize project objectives
This phase is the longest in the project. It is also the phase where most of the project resources are utilized and requires good management.
Tools that will be used include:
- Action plans indicating sequence of activities, required resources, estimated time, responsible managers and planned activities
- Project standards and specifications created in the planning stage
- Rapid status update/assessment of activities
- Inspection, periodic progress review, auditing and surveys
- Transformational development indicators for assessing project impact. The template is provided as an attachment to this document.
Monitoring calls for systematic, routine project information collection:
- To learn from experiences to improve practices and activities;
- To have internal and external accountability of resources used and results obtained;
- To make informed decisions for the future;
- To promote empowerment of project beneficiaries, staff and volunteers.
Monitoring is carried out periodically beginning in the project planning stage. It allows results, processes and experiences to be documented and used for decision-making and learning.
Evaluation is a tool for assessing, as systematically and objectively as possible, a completed project or a phase of an ongoing project. Evaluations assess data and information to inform strategic decisions, thus improving future projects or phases. Evaluation is carried out at four possible project points:
- Formative evaluation – at the beginning of the project to establish a baseline
- Mid-term evaluation – at any point after the project begins, through usually halfway through the project, to establish progress against intentions/plans for the project
- Summative evaluation – at the end of the project to establish how well project objectives were realized
- Impact evaluation – sometime after project completion to assess how well the benefits realized by the project have continued to impact the community
Evaluations should help to draw conclusions about five main project aspects:
While conducting monitoring and evaluation, the following tools will be used by monitoring and evaluation teams:
- Checklists, documented reports and files, and other periodic reviews
- Oral report gathering, in-depth interviews/consultation with beneficiaries and staff, direct observation
- Inspection, periodic progress review, auditing and surveys
- Review of baseline data against EDEN MINISTRIES UGANDA indicators for success will be employed to analyze the extent of impact
Based on our model of transformation as discussed in the program approach section, success indicators should be:
- Valid: actually measuring what they are intended to measure
- Reliable: producing the same results every time
- Specific: measuring only what they are designed to measure
- Sensitive: capable of reflecting changes in phenomena
- Operational: measurable/quantifiable
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