Helping Hands in Uganda is a UK registered charity, set up in 2004 by Debbie Newman Johnson. She and her husband, Mark, run the UK office from their home in Scotland. There are five trustees including Harriet Crawford, Jeannie Droop, Ali Wisbey, Barrie Wood and Mark Johnson. In Uganda, the project is managed by Deliverance Church with a team of experienced individuals overseeing the work and encouraging our staff on the ground. Debbie has known and worked with Edward and Monica Kiwanuka, who lead this group of indigenous churches, since 2003. Such a strong relational base is key to a successful partnership, especially when such long distances are involved.
Our staff on the ground are led by Joy Kabanda who has been with Helping Hands from the very beginning. As a senior nurse, Joy was so committed to what we wanted to do that she was willing to start when our base was a borrowed cupboard in a school! In fact, she turned down the opportunity of working in a brand new hospital to sit under trees, treating our sick children. All of our team show the same heart, combining their skills with a great capacity to love and care for those who just need to be reminded that they are worth something.