In Uganda, the government provides primary education to level 7 for all children with fees needed to be paid for any further studies. This, however, typically precludes orphans because they have little to no income or support in order to pay these fees. And, for orphans living in northern Uganda, education is almost impossible to access because of the extremely dangerous conditions as a result of the brutal civil war that has raged there for over twenty years. So, without further education or vocational skills training they have very little hope of survival.
The Cornerstone Project aims to provide “free-of-charge” ministry in the following two areas:
Cornerstone Vocational College will provide orphaned teenagers with the basic necessities of life – daily food, medical care, and clothing – and provide “free-of-charge” vocational skills training in a range of areas such as welding and fabricating, carpentry, basic plumbing, vehicle and bicycle maintenance & repairs.
Equipped with such skills and knowledge, it’s Cornerstone Foundation’s goal that these young people will not only survive, but become productive, self-sufficient and contribute towards Uganda’s high-potential future
The plan for the ‘Cornerstone Vocational College’ project is to initially build a Multi-Purpose Student Workshop, kitchen, meal preparation area, medical clinic, toilet facilities and staff accommodation. The longer-term plan (as funding becomes available) will be to construct further workshop facilities to enable more young people to access valuable skills training.
CFA founders, Wayne and Bev Stevens, live ‘on-site’ in Kitgum, working hand in hand with the Acholi people. The ultimate goal is for ‘Ugandans to teach Ugandans’ and to rescue as many orphaned and destitute teenagers as possible from the cycle of poverty and death, and to demonstrate the love of Christ in a very practical way, to young people who otherwise have no future at all.
Ministry to elderly widows
The Cornerstone Project aims to provide safe accommodation and the provision of
food, clothing and basic medical care for elderly widows “on-site”.
Our aim over the coming years is to provide a number of “Tukuls” (traditional Grass-roofed homes) together with bathing areas and pit latrines within the Cornerstone Foundation property, to accommodate the needs of neglected and abused elderly widows.
The provision of an area of land set apart for the widows to use for cultivating and growing their own food, and the provision of the necessary tools to do so, is an integral part of our ministry to these precious elderly members of our community.
(Refer to “Dominica’s Story” on the Home Page for more details)