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About JENGA

OUR NAME MEANS “TO BUILD” IN SWAHILI.

We’re building relationships. We’re building up people and their communities. Together, we’re building lasting bridges out of poverty.

Our Story

We started life in 2005, when a man from North London and a man from Mbale came together with nothing but a desire to build a better life for people in this part of the world. Our name means “to build” in Swahili and that’s what we continue to do today. We’re building relationships. We’re building up people and their communities. Together, alongside them, we’re building lasting bridges out of poverty.

Founded on and guided by our Christian faith, we work for sustainable and lasting change. We’re not interested in quick fixes or easy answers, we’re in it for the long haul. Nothing we do relies solely on us – we work together with other groups and local people, so that change sticks around far longer than we ever could.

At JENGA, we work with people living in the poorest conditions, regardless of faith, ethnicity, or gender. We live within what we call our “core principles”: justice, sustainability, empowerment, partnership, and cultural sensitivity.

 

By looking out for people’s physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual wellbeing, we’re helping them to realize their potential and, in turn, enabling their communities to flourish. Our aim is to help people thrive, not just survive.

 

We’ve been busy since 2005. We have been involved with all kinds of projects and activities – from setting up savings and loans groups for women to supporting kids through school, from training farmers in growing coffee to running discipleship courses in prisons. We see real results and real transformation. We will do more. We will do as much as we can, with as many people as we can, for as long as we can.

 

There is no “one size fits all” approach for the unique problems of Uganda. Each of JENGA’s projects are bespoke: dreamed, designed and implemented to promote and sustain lasting change.

Through diverse and sustainable development projects, we are equipping Ugandans to meet their own needs and to forever change their communities.

We’ve seen real results and time-tested transformations. But the work is far from done. 

We will do as much as we can, with as many people as we can, for as long as we can.

Our Core Values

JUSTICE

We believe that God’s call to be righteous is inextricably linked to justice. Righteousness and justice require us to help the vulnerable and defend the weak.

SUSTAINABILITY

All of JENGA’s projects and programmes are bespoke. They’re dreamed, designed and implemented by the local community. We believe that Ugandans are the longterm solution to their own unique problems.

EMPOWERMENT

JENGA’s goal is not to create foreign aid dependence. Our role is to help people by teaching and equipping them to help themselves. In all of JENGA initiatives, local communities, partners and workers are essential.

PARTNERSHIP

All of JENGA’s projects are a result of equal partnerships with both local and international partners, where mutual respect and co-operation are the foundations for all activity.

CULTURAL SENSITIVITY

JENGA has never set out to implement Western solutions to Uganda’s problems. Ugandans have their own culture with different values, morals and motivations. It’s vital that we acknowledge and honour this truth.