Nsumbi Trust was formed in 2005 and registered with the Charity Commission under registration no 1112574. It replaced Nsumbi Foundation that was registered in Northern Ireland to support Stephen Jota and the Children's Centre from 2000-2005. The five trustees, Mike Manthorpe, Jill Adkin, Paul Endersby, Tim Hatwell and Debbie Haughton, work closely with Stephen Jota and the Ugandan board of trustees.
The name Nsumbi is the name of the village where the Children's Centre is based. Nsumbi means 'little pots' in Lugandan and inspired the school motto "treasure in jars of clay" taken from the bible verse:
"But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us", 2 Corinthians 4:7
OUR VISION is that children in Uganda who begin life with little hope have the opportunity to fulfil their potential. In the words of Stephen Jota "If we don't show the children love they will never know in the whole world that there is anything called love."
OUR MISSION is to seek individuals, schools, groups and organisations to partner with Nsumbi and the Stephen Jota Children's Centre to create a safe and caring environment where children can receive material, educational, emotional and spiritual support.
OUR OBJECTIVES are to provide primary schooling and regular food at the Stephen Jota Children's Centre. Accommodation and healthcare are provided when necessary. Secondary education is provided at Sozo High School.
We are working with Stephen Jota towards future sustainability. It is hoped the farming project will increasingly produce food for the Children's Centre.
In May 2014, Stephen Jota and 4 students attended seminars arranged by the organisation Farming God's Way. The programme is used in several African countries and has a proven record of increased yields.
It takes away the need to plough, use expensive fertilisers or burn the land after harvest.
Instead, it promotes the use of home made compost to improve the soil quality over years. Mulch made up of last year's maize stalks, grass and any organic matter left from previous years' harvests is placed over the soil referred to as God's blanket. The blanket helps stop soil erosion, helps weed control, improves soil quality and keeps in moisture during the dry season.
OUR COMMITMENT to all who partner with us and Stephen Jota is to use a minimum of 90% of donations directly to help the children, young people and families in our programme. We do have running costs but our volunteers and supporters enable us to keep these costs to a minimum.
SAFEGUARDING is a priority for Nsumbi Trust. Our policy on Safeguarding can be viewed here. This policy applies to trustees, staff, volunteers and anyone working on behalf of Nsumbi Trust, particularly when visiting Uganda and/or as part of the link with the Stephen Jota Children’s Centre (SJCC) and associated projects.
The purpose of this policy:
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"If we don't show the children love, they will never know in the whole world that there is anything called love. That's why I want to build the Children's Centre to show the love of God to the children in our country." Stephen Jota, Uganda.