Coming to the Aid of Children in Slums

Our program, Light a Candle Uganda, serves 400 children in some of the most difficult areas of Kampala, Uganda. Kampala has 3.5 million people living within the city limits, including 57 slum areas where the poorest of the poor live. Of those living within these slums, 50% are children under the age of 15. 

Most have only one parent or no parents at all due to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and many are in danger of sexual exploitation. By providing meals, education, and mentoring, we are giving these precious children opportunities that brighten their future, protect them from sexual abuse, and help them reach their full, God-given potential.


Uganda Program Directors

Bonny and Julian Lugayizi

Directors of Light a Candle Uganda

Bonny was born and raised in Kampala. He graduated from Makerere University with a bachelor's degree in International Business. His wife Julian is a statistician who resigned from her government job and dedicated her life to supporting and nurturing vulnerable children. 

Bonny’s passion in life is to ensure that every child is given the right to be a child; as a result, he has been key in advocating for children's rights in Uganda and has been educating parents and communities about the need of keeping children in school. 

Through Light A Candle Uganda, Bonny has establishing a strong team that is creating a better world for young boys and girls of the Kampala community. He believes that everyone has a role to play and if we all played our parts then the world would be a better place. 

What drew you to the mission of Forward Edge? I came to know about Forward Edge through my great friend Gabe Winslow with whom we have for long shared about having a world where both the poor and rich live in harmony. Forward Edge gives me the opportunity to be a part of God’s story and to have a deeper understanding of my purpose in life which is to put smiles on the faces of vulnerable children. 

If you could have dinner with any person in history (excluding Jesus) who would it be and why? Ray Barnett: Founder and CEO of the African Childrens Choir. Barnett left his comfortable home and came down to Uganda during the times of war. He worked hard to protect and bring hope to the marginalized. Today the African Childrens Choir has changed many lives through spreading the Gospel in music and dance and continues to bless and nurture leaders. It is because of Ray’s servanthood spirit that I would love to dine with him. 

What is something about you others are often surprised to learn? I train and conduct children’s choirs. 

Team Coordinator

Sheri Stanley

Director of Operations & Mobilization


Hi! I’m Sheri, the Uganda Team Coordinator. I look forward to working with you to plan your life-changing week in Uganda!

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