Banner Photo above, taken on the 31st of July, 2017, is of one of our three living cottages which are nearing completion.  

Overview

Ivan and Melissa Mukulu are the directors of the current Sonrise Children’s Home. The current rental property on the outskirts of Jinja City is greatly over capacity with about 49 children plus adult home parents. Their most critical need is the continued construction of the new Sonrise Children’s Village Complex located on the newly purchased 40 acres located outside Kamuli, Uganda. 

:: Read Ivan & Melissa's Vision

When completed, the planned facility will house and train approximately 200 Sonrise children and will include residential group homes, director/intern homes, an administrative building, latrines, a cafeteria, a meeting hall, a school, a library/computer lab, a vocational training facility, teacher housing, vehicles, and more. The new school will also provide a badly needed education for the village children of this area.

The new complex is being constructed in a currently uneducated and undeveloped area of the Kamuli District, Uganda. By coming alongside to encourage the people through farming, education, and meeting physical needs, Melissa and Ivan strive to show Christ’s love while restoring their spirits to a sense of hope and future. They are estimating for their primary school training to include up to 2,000 children and a secondary school training to include another 2,000 children.

Construction Status

The first school building, measuring 250 x 27 feet with 8 classrooms, is nearing completion.  Remaining work includes some ceiling plastering, painting, and latrine construction.  There will eventually be 5 school buildings for primary school and 5 school buildings for high school. 

Some have asked why the school building was started before the children's cottages: it is because we received a designated gift from a very generous donor toward the school; so we proceeded on faith, praying that the remaining required funds would be realized. Sonrise Ministries works tirelessly to execute the wishes of all donors.  

Three of the children's living cottages are complete.  Latrines and solar power systems are in process of being installed, and provisions have been provided for window and door screening, outside stoves, bedding for 60 children and 6 aunties, bookshelves, dining tables and benches, personal trunks, shoes racks, clothes hangers, curtains, curtain rods, padlocks, towels, and rags.  Livestock owned includes 41 pigs, 26 goats, 2 milk cows , 2 oxen, and 6 chicken.  Cultivated fields include rice, corn, sweet potatoes, peppers, eggplant, 1 mango tree, and 1 jackfruit tree.  

Ivan and Melissa's vision is coming to reality, but there is so much more needed, such as water, wastewater and electrical systems, and access road improvement. Please consider partnering in completing this project to provide a permanent facility, not rented, for the Sonrise Children's Home.

Planning

The following describes the first of eight phases of construction.   

PHASE 1

  1. Land, 100 acres.  (40 acres purchased)
  2. 3 Children’s Homes (nearing completion) 
  3. Latrines
  4. Clean Deep Water Well (completed)
  5. 2 Primary School Blocks (1 nearing completion)
  6. Offices
  7. Director/Intern Homes
  8. Water Well
  9. Solar Power for school and homes
  10. Cafeteria
  11. Vehicles
    • 15 Passenger Van
    • Truck
    • 4x4 Car
    • Tractor
    • Boda’s (5)

PHASE 2

  1. Guest House, Medical Clinic
  2. Primary School Blocks (2)
  3. Children’s Homes (3)
  4. Library/Computer Lab
  5. Meeting Hall/Game Center
  6. Teachers' Housing 
  7. Furniture
  8. Latrines

Phase 3

  1. Primary School Library
  2. Married Workers' Housing
  3. Primary School Blocks (2)
  4. Children’s Homes (3)
  5. Furniture
  6. Latrines

Phase 4

  1. Chapel/SS Classrooms
  2. Main Nurse Home
  3. Tech Workshop 
  4. Primary School Cafeteria
  5. Primary School Blocks (2)
  6. Furniture
  7. Latrines

Phase 5

  1. 2 Secondary School Blocks (2)
  2. Single Workers' Housing
  3. Married Housing Strips (2)
  4. Furniture
  5. Latrines

Phase 6

  1. Pastoral Conference Center/Housing
  2. Pastoral Directors House 
  3. Secondary School Block (2)
  4. Furniture
  5. Latrines

Phase 7

  1. Secondary School Blocks
  2. Secondary School Library 
  3. Secondary Cafeteria 
  4. Furniture
  5. Latrines

Phase 8

  1. Secondary School Blocks (2)
  2. Furniture
  3. Latrines
  4. Sports Center
    • Basketball Court
    • Soccer/Football Field
    • Baseball Field
    • Swimming Pool
    • Netball Court
    • Volleyball
    • Tennis
    • Running Track
  5. Vehicles
    • 15 Passenger Van
    • Truck
    • Tractor 

1st Day of School, February 5, 2018!

January 2018

School Opening, Feb 5, 2018

School Building

July 2017, Progress

December 2016, Progress

October 2015, Progress

Site Photos, October 1, 2015