To foster hope for the underserved communities in and around Bunnamweri, Uganda, through education, health, and faith, empowering them to help themselves.
Stepping Stones Foundation of Hope is committed to the people of Bunnamweri Village through education facilitation, access to water, general health services and faith promotion. As you journey through our site, may you be inspired and motivated to make our mission possible. Help us bring hope to the people of rural Uganda.
Uganda is one of the poorest nations in the world. People in the rural areas of Uganda depend on farming as their main source of income. As of 2012, almost 40% of the population live on less than $1.25 a day. The poor cannot afford to send their children to school as Uganda does not have a formal public education system - and private schools cost $300-900 per year per student. This prohibits children, particularly girls, from being able to attend school.
Access to clean water is difficult. As of 2010, 38% of the population had no access to an approved water source. In 2015 it was estimated that it will cost $1.4 billion dollars to increase water supply coverage to up to 95%.
Access to health care is also prohibitive. The nearest hospital to Bunnamweri is more than 20 miles away. Life expectancy is approximately 54 years with infant mortality rates of 61 deaths per 1000 children. In the early 2000's, there were only 8 physicians per 100,000 people.
Bunnamweri is a village within the Mpigi Town Council. Mpigi is approximately 23 miles west of Kampala, Uganda's capital. There are 9 parishes and 54 villages within the Mpigi subcounty. (Census information is not available for Bunnamweri).
Mpigi Town Council:
Area: 1541 Square kilometers/958 square miles.
Accessibility to health services:
• Percentage of the population within 5 km radius of a health unit – 56.4%
• Practicing Doctors: population ratio 1:41,023
• Nurse: Patient ratio 1:1906
• Outpatient Services Utilization 1.26%
• Infant deliveries in Health Facilities 23.1%
Bunnamweri currently does not have access to electricity. The wells built by SSFOH have provided access to water. The main source of income for most families is subsistence farming - raising crops and animals around their homes. Some also run small merchandise shops. All of the pictures in the collage above are from Bunnamweri.
Our St. Raphael institutions have a very large catchment area. Many of the students in St. Raphael Junior School live as far as 5 miles away. The people that utilize St. Raphael Health center walk from as far as 4 miles away