Who We Are
GSM Uganda is a group of people from all areas of life whose hearts have been broken for the children of Uganda. Believing that the cycle of poverty is broken through education and empowerment, GSM Uganda works through locally developed and managed centers and schools to provide education, counseling, and other basic services to over 14 communities in Uganda. Our team outside Uganda (Friends of GSM Uganda) desires to support the work being done on the ground through prayer, encouragement, and financial support, as well as through sending teams of people to serve alongside our brothers and sisters.
WHAT WE DO
GSM Uganda empowers people through education. We have educated over 6,000 students since our beginnings in 1990, with over 1,500 children currently in Nursery, Primary or Secondary School programs. We continue relationships with our alumni students, many who have come back to teach at the GSM Schools. We provide counseling and Bible training.
GSM Uganda has over 300 students in orphan homes. These homes are able to provide family to many of these students. We provide housing, porridge and food for the students living on campus, medical, life skills training, and gospel centered community.
GSM has many community impact programs: HIV/AIDS education; senior citizens programs; Bible study; GOGO Piggery project (Get One, Give One); Community farming projects; Community Fishing projects; and Hospital Ministry.
How Can I Get involved?
Sponsor a teacher or a student to school. Provide funds for food. We all know that it costs money to run a school - donate to keep this program running well.
Come volunteer in our thrift store. Once a month or once a week, you choose. Be a part of blessing the customers in the Sellwood community at our store while changing lives and giving hope to the children of GSM Uganda.
The heartbeat of GSM Uganda is educating children. We believe that God’s Kingdom has come in the person of Jesus Christ, and so we fight to empower the children of Uganda to overcome the barriers of poverty, HIV/AIDS, and a crippled economic infrastructure, believing that Jesus died and rose again so that all may have abundant life, even now. According to the CIA World Fact Book, of the approximately 34 million people in Uganda, 49% of them are under age of 14, and 70% are under the age of 24. Almost 75% of these children have lost at least one parent. With the median age of the population at 15, it’s safe to say that Uganda is nation of children, children in need of care, education, and a chance to really live their lives. Our call is to educate these children, and in doing so, proclaim that God’s Kingdom has come and is working to make that Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
Good Samaritan Ministries (www.gsmusa.org) was founded in 1979 as a counseling and teaching organization by Bettie Mitchell when she was given the word to go out and teach nothing but the Kingdom of God. In 1990, Bettie was traveling in Uganda when she met Pastor Osborn Muyanja. As a single young man, he was caring for 17 orphans in a building temporarily loaned to him by someone in the Masaka region. Masaka is considered the birthplace of AIDS in Uganda, and in addition to caring for orphans, Pastor Osborn found himself burying about about 8 people a week, people who were dying from AIDS and leaving behind children with no hope and no future. When Bettie asked Pastor Osborn what she could do to help, he replied, “Educate these children.” The bond between GSM USA and Uganda began.
Friends of GSM Uganda is the group of people outside Uganda, working as partners with our Ugandan teammates. Our goal is to act as advocates for, encouragers to, and supporters of GSM Uganda. Through our work, we hope to engage Western Christians with their brothers and sisters in Uganda; to provide encouragement for those working in Uganda to further God’s Kingdom; and to use the resources God has given has given us to help change the lives of Ugandan children for the glory of God.
If you would like more information you may email us, or leave a message at Good Samaritan Ministries, (503) 644-2339