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


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, administrative building, latrines, cafeteria, meeting hall, school, library/computer lab, vocational training facility, teacher housing, vehicles and more. The new school will also provide 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 by meeting physical needs, Melissa and Ivan strive to show Christ’ love while restoring their spirits to a place of hope and future. They are estimating their primary school training up to 2,000 children and a secondary school training another 2,000 children.

Construction Status

The first school building measuring 250 x 27 feet with eight classrooms, is nearing completion.  Remaing work includes some ceiling plaster, painting and latrine construction.  There will eventually be five 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's 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, cloths hangers, curtains, curtain rods, pad locks, towels and rags.  Livestock owned: 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 to complete this project to provide a permanent facility, not rented, for the Sonrise Children's Home.


The following describes the first of eight phases of construction.   


  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 Pass Van
    • Truck
    • 4x4 Car
    • Tractor
    • Boda’s (5)


  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
    • Volley Ball
    • Tennis
    • Running Track
  5. Vehicles
    • 15 Pass Van
    • Truck
    • Tractor 

1st Day of School, February 5, 2018!

January 2018

School opening Feb 5, 2018


July 2017, Progress

Dec 2016, Progress

Oct 2015 Progress

Site Photos, 1-Oct-2015