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Buyamba, when translated in English, simply means "HELP".

About Buyamba

After seeing such a great need within their beloved country, God put it on Pastor Bethuel and Florence Dongos’ hearts to reach out to His people, people with Aids (HIV), orphans, and children who were abandoned, destitute and poverty stricken. Recognizing thousands of children lacked love, education, and simple basic needs, Bethuel and Florence started Buyamba Orphan Outreach to provide love, care and, assistance to orphans and needy children whose parents were too sick or destitute to care for them.

Buyamba, a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation, was founded in the U.S. in 1999, to support the Dongos’ efforts with Buyamba Orphan Outreach in Uganda. Buyamba supported them through a child sponsorship program and provision of needed resources. As a result, God Cares Nursery and Primary School opened in 2002 with 97 children, in the basement of the church where The Dongo family continues to serve. Currently, Buyamba financially supports the education and care of over 1800 children through our sponsorship programs.

Buyamba God Cares

Today, through the faithfulness and generosity of our sponsors and benefactors throughout the U.S, and the tireless efforts of our team of volunteers, Buyamba currently sponsors the care and education of 1800 orphans and needy children in Uganda.

We are now dreaming of the day when God provides for the full construction and completion of a third God Cares school building to meet the needs of children in Jinja and for the Buyamba Children’s Village; a community of homes that would place our orphans in a family setting. We have been blessed to see the Lord grow this ministry and fulfill the initial vision He set in the hearts of late Pastor Bethuel and Florence Dongo.

Pastor Dongo held tightly to his vision to build a five story building that would be a home to orphans while serving as a school. The first five story building was completed in 2005 by generous donors. The rooms of the school quickly filled up and it has been bursting at the seams ever since. Then the land was purchased for the high school (about an hour away) and the construction began on another five-story building, completed in 2011, that now houses God Cares High School students and educates over 800 children. With the help of a few strategic churches and many individual donors, the school was dedicated to the Lord in 2016.

Darin and Mandy Winger Buyamba God Cares

Once the Dongos identified these children and met their critical needs, education was next. They knew that the only way they could help Uganda would be by educating its children. Due to the lack of free public education in Uganda, only 1 in 6 children are privileged enough to attend school. The Dongos had the vision to start a school to give these children the opportunity to rise above their circumstances and become contributing members of society. They began to share their vision to educate and support these children with as many people as they encountered. In 1999, the first Buyamba orphan received sponsorship towards his education. The following year, the second child was sponsored, and the Dongos’ dream became a reality.

The story goes back further than that. Since the late Pastor Bethuel Dongo and his wife Florence were in ministry from a young age, they made a decision to open their hearts to whatever God would have them do to help Uganda, and they knew caring for orphans would be part of that plan. Although they were very poor and had the challenges of growing a church and raising their own five biological kids, they were determined to tend to the needs of the fatherless. The “collection” of children actually came to be thanks to the Dongo children who had been given the heart of God early in their attempts to help orphaned and abandoned children. Florence recounts that it was not unusual for one of her own kids to arrive home with a little friend who had no parents and needed help. The little food they had for themselves would now be shared with another. Whether it was Worship, Ezra, Glory or Thanks, the orphaned child would have been promised a home and a mom and dad who would take care of them. Each situation was dire, and by the end, 22 orphans would be calling them mom and dad for they had certainly found a home in the Dongo household. These were children left behind and in desperate situations that are now married or self-sustaining in various careers and some with children of their own.

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Our Vision
To empower the orphaned and needy children of Uganda to impact their nation for Christ.
Our Mission
To offer love, hope and a future through education and discipleship. child at a time.