About Blessings Of Joy
Blessings Of Joy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the United States supporting the education of orphans and poor children in Uganda, Africa. We believe that through education, proper nutrition, and improved health, the lives and communities of poor children will be changed.
In 2006, at Mweruka Village, Blessings Of Joy started an oprhanage school with over 200 poor children getting education, meals, and proper health care. Years later, another program dedicated to teaching skills such as tailoring and design, blick laying, carpentry, and construction was put in place. Many youth through this program have graduated and are now self employed. Our vision is to provide the ladders for poor children to have a meaningful life now and in future.
Solomon Mutebi's Story
I was born on November 20th, 1977 at Kyalugondo, Luwero District in Uganda. At the age of five in 1982, a traumatic event took place in my life. My father, Fred Mubiru who was a principal of a primary school was murdered by un-known group of people; they killed him with knives and pieces of wood that they had come with. After they finished killing him, one of the killers suggested that they kill children as well. I as a little child, I was not fully aware of what it means to be killed. As they were trying to start killing all of us children (5 children), one of the killers said that they should not kill children because they had no blame. But before they had come to that suggestion, someone I do not remember had hid me in a big water barrel.
After the killers had left, that very night, we left that village and went to live at our grand father until the war was finished. During that time of war we did not have food because all the food we had was left at Kyalugondo where our father was killed. My mother had to walk over 30 miles through the bush from our new home to where we used live to get food from our garden. After the end of the war in 1986, I went to live with my Grandmother at Kakira village but I did not stay there long because she did not have enough resources. When I was ten I was taken to live in Kampala, the capitol of Uganda. Living in Kampala with my Aunt was very hard to me as a young boy because the only thing I got help with was shelter. To get food I had to transport people's goods on my head. I spent many years carrying bunches of bananas for people from market places to their houses. If I did not work, I could not get food to eat at school and at home. To get school tuition and clothes I worked for the school. I made a bargain with the owners of the schools I went to; whereby I did work for the school such as mowing grass, painting, washing teachers' dishes and many more. I did this through high school. There was a free medical clinic operated by a nearby church, which I always went to in case I got sick. The government of Uganda offers free college education to a few students who excel at the end of their high school. So, that way I was able to go to a teachers' college and I earned a degree in High School Education.
In 2005 while teaching at Molly and Paul High School in Masaka, I met Emily my wife with whom we have three children Abraham Mutebi, Jesse Mutebi, and Esther Mutebi. In early 2006, I visited Mweruka Village and there I met wonderful children who had never gone to school due to poverty and HI/AIDS. I mobilized with my brother Benon Kizito and we bought a small land to start Mweruka Junior School. Mweruka Junior School has made great impacts in the lives of these youngsters.
My vision is to turn them into God fearing, responsible, and self-sustaining individuals.
It was out of my background that I got the heart to help many children who are going through a situation like I went through. Right now Mweruka Junior School is supporting over 200 children. Next year, 2013 we are starting a technical portion of the school whereby children who graduate from the elementary school are trained in skills like tailoring, carpentry, building, and other areas. At the end of the course the children would be able to use that knowledge and skills to form their own jobs.