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INTRODUCTION

Mbuya Catholic Workers' Movement (CWM-Mbuya) is a group which was formed with the underlying objective of uplifting the members' economic and social welfare with faith being the guiding principle.

 MCWM was founded in 1998 with 8 members with its mission being; "The enhancement of its members' spiritual, economic and social welfare through economic emancipation”. The Movement falls under Mbuya Parish as a lay apostolate movement and is affiliated to Kampala Archdiocese Catholic Workers' Movement.

 Since its inception the group has grown and expanded with the current membership standing at about 50 members. CWM-Mbuya is tasked to create a society that practices social justice at work, leadership in the church and the Country, through the principles of the Catholic Workers' Movement. Since the formation of CWM-Mbuya we have tried to follow and always apply the International Movement Mechanism of See, Judge and Act.

 Mbuya Catholic Workers' Movement's always celebrates the Patron Saint's day on the 1st May every year. On this day, we always give thanks to God for the enormous grace He has given us through out these years and the enrichment through our achievements and above all by granting us a precious life.

 The Movement is open to all mature Catholics in Mbuya Parish, professing their faith and who are ready to carry on developmental activities. It also invites cooperation with other Christian communities that share its values, principles and purposes.

 Through its Mission, MCWM organizes retreats and recollections twice or and encourages members to take part in other church groups and also attend other spiritual conferences/retreats, which help them grow in faith.

 The group holds meetings every 2nd and last Wednesday of the month at the Parrish starting at 5:30pm. The women's desk also holds their meeting every last Saturday of the month at 3pm at the Chairperson’s home. In these meetings Members exchange different ideas and forge a way forward, hence making them feel as one family.

 A Chairman's bag is passed around during the meetings and members are encouraged to contribute and the money is used to help the needy of the Parish during the feasts of Easter and Christmas.

 

ACHIEVEMENTS / SUCCESS

•The Two Canteens - which employ four members who earn a salary and the women make products like; groundnuts, popcorns, pancakes, cassava chips, Soya etc. which they sell to the canteen and earn an income. This has helped to reduce on the rate of the unemployment among the members, hence keeping them occupied and improving on their lives.

•The loan scheme - To help members save their little earnings and therefore be able to borrow there from. We plan to improve on the scheme by linking our scheme to the Microfinance institution.

•The Catering Unit - To generate funds for the movement and help the ladies earn some money thus enabling them help their families.

•The Youth Desk: The main movement was able to start a youth desk; this will ensure future continuity of the members. With their talents they have developed projects like; singing and entertainment, Events management and planning.

•Members underwent training in sustainable agriculture methods to help them learn how to practice farming on small scale basis, some of the members have started backdoor vegetable gardens. This helps them avail to their families the basic nutrients.

•Currently the ladies are being trained by one of the members who is a trainer in tailoring, some of the finished products are available for sale to interested persons. After the ladies have learnt tailoring this will help them supplement on their income by selling products they make.

•We were able to host different visitors from Germany and others from within Uganda.

•We are partnering with a group in Mukono and work together to build each other.

CHALLENGES
•Boosting / increasing the amount of money for the loan scheme, this will enable CWM- Mbuya to pay interest on members' savings, as an encouragement for them to save more often and consistently.
•Insufficient Funds.
•Lack of Transport for the Catering Unit.

FUTURE PLANS / WAY FORWARD
In an effort to continue creating jobs for its members, plans are underway to expand the canteens, to become more spacious with more products, thus employing more members.

In order to enhance the quality of services in the hospitality industry CWM-Mbuya has planned and is looking for funds to continuously have the women and some of the male members trained in the following areas:

  • Events decoration design and management

 More training in cookery, food safety and hygiene.

Supervisory and management skills.

Book keeping and records management.

 CONCLUSION

 Through the above out-lined activities, we are always at the clients’ service. We are reliable and we can deliver. Potential clients can always call on us when they need our services. We welcome advice and training in some of the skills needed for our development and growth. All our development partners are always welcome to be part of us and journey with us. We believe in working together as a family in solidarity.

 Contact us:

 Martha Buni                                                                          Janet Nkuraija

Chairperson                                                                           Secretary

CWM-Mbuya                                                                        CWM-Mbuya

0776-954934                                                                           0701-533378

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Sunday Masses

Luganda: 7:30 am.  English: 9:00 am, 11:00 am and 5;00 pm.

Crowd possible, please don't be late! May God bless you!

About Our Church

Welcome to Our Lady of Africa Parish Mbuya. We are located near Bugolobi Township in Nakawa Division. It is about 5 kms from the City Centre of Kampala. Mbuya Catholic Parish is a vibrant and diverse community made up of people from different parts of Uganda. We welcome you warmly and joyfully.

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