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We focus on social enterprises that promote education, health and economic development. Each social enterprise works independently but in support of each other, cycling the profits back into the community through education scholarships and medical assistance.

education

Musana believes that education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty within the community as a whole. With high dropout rates and a lack of quality standards within schools in Uganda, Musana offers the community quality educational institutes that go beyond the national curriculum in order to raise future generations of empowered leaders.

uganda's education system

nursery/kindergarten

3 Years
Not mandatory to attend Primary School

primary

7 Years (P.1 – P.7)
Ages 6 – 12
Primary Leaving Exam (PLE) *

lower secondary

4 Years (S.1 – S.4)
Ages 13 – 16
Uganda Certificate of Ed (UCE)
(i.e. O-Level Exam) *

upper secondary

2 Years (S.5 – S.6)
Ages 17 – 18
Uganda Advanced Certificate of Ed (UACE)
(i.e. A-Level Exam) *

* Progression from Primary through Upper Secondary depends on performance in examinations.

ages 3 - 12

nursery & primary schools

Our education team is committed to seeing the children develop into strong champions who will drive the future development of their country. Expanding off of the Ugandan curriculum, our teachers strive to offer a holistic learning experience focused on leadership, creative thinking, literacy, and practical life skills. Additionally, the children partake in many extracurricular activities that include soccer, volleyball, netball, track and field, arts and crafts, music, dance, drama, and agriculture.

In 2018, Musana Nursery and Primary School ranked as a top school in Iganga District and was promoted by the Ugandan government as a center of excellence. We are known for our high educational standards, exceptional living conditions and most importantly, our emphasis on being a Christ-centered loving home to all the children who enter our gates.

ages 13 - 18

vocational high school

Musana Vocational High School (MVHS) stresses leadership and character building, as well as pushes creative thinking and literacy to the next level. Simultaneously, students take courses in trade skills such as welding, catering and hospitality, mechanics, carpentry, tailoring, etc.

As a result, these young adults are being equipped mentally and physically for the next chapter of their lives, with the character, brains, and skills either to continue their education, utilize their trade to provide for themselves and their families, or both.

profits are invested into

community outreach

scholarships

Musana’s scholarship program strives to pave a road of opportunity for Uganda’s youth who were born into circumstances in which they have lacked choice. Through the provision of scholarships, we refuse to see potential wasted. On the contrary, we are tapping into the greatness of Uganda’s youth that has been masked by economic class to raise the next generation of transformative leaders.

Each year our social workers identify the most vulnerable children who would not get an education otherwise, offering them a position at Musana schools. We intermix these children with all the other students from the community, keeping them anonymous so they can go to school with dignity, free from the stigma of being vulnerable and in need. Furthermore, our social workers check-up and counsel the children’s relatives, working directly to improve not only the quality of life for the children, but the entire family.

higher education scholarships

After our scholarship students graduate from Musana schools, we offer them a chance to apply for a higher education scholarship at a university or trade school. We also support long-serving and dedicated staff members with the chance to return to school and upgrade their qualifications.

health

The deficiency of quality health services has been pinpointed as a detrimental challenge that the people of rural Uganda face. The district of Iganga has one hospital that lacks resources and personnel to provide for the overwhelming number of patients that come on a daily basis. As a result, the million people that this facility serves are not receiving proper medical care and are suffering or dying due to a lack of treatment. In order to combat the dire need, we built the first Musana Community Health Center in Iganga and are planning the development of our second hospital in Kaliro.

The vision for Musana Community Health Center is to transform the standards of health care by offering a patient-centered, holistic, and compassionate approach. We emphasize values such as patients come first, respect and dignity, commitment to quality of care, integrity and accountability, good stewardship and commitment, teamwork, and compassion.

Musana Community Health Center offers a wide range of services including, but not limited to

  • Major & Minor Surgeries
  • Family Planning & Prenatal
  • Labor & Delivery
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • Blood Transfusions
  • Laboratory Services
  • Dental Check-Ups & Extractions
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Free Immunizations for Children & Pregnant Women
  • Pharmacy

profits are invested into

community outreach

village health outreach

In the most rural areas of Eastern Uganda, access to health care is challenging. In response to the needs of these communities, Musana’s Social Work Department partners with Musana Community Health Center and remote village leaders to organize health outreach events. During health outreach events, social workers and health practitioners travel to rural areas of Iganga to provide free services including malaria and HIV testing, dental check-ups and extractions, family planning, prenatal care, nutrition screenings, vaccinations, and counseling.

project restore

Project Restore seeks out the most vulnerable children and adults in dire health, and those living with disabilities, to provide them with proper medical attention through surgeries and rehabilitation. The dream is that once they are “restored”, they will be able to live independent lives and give back to their communities.

rehab & disability services

A unique focus at Musana Community Health Center is one led by the Rehabilitation & Disability Services Department. The department is aimed at improving the quality of life for individuals with disabilities and to promote inclusion among the community. Our full-time physiotherapist provides inpatient and outpatient treatment for fractures, pediatric conditions, stroke recovery, and chronic illness management, among other conditions. Our occupational therapist concentrates on community-based rehabilitation and parent education programs. By partnering with other local organizations to mobilize individuals with disabilities, and parents of children with disabilities, we create a support network and improve access to services.

economic development

There is a detrimental unemployment rate in Uganda, in which 18-30 year-olds make up 64% of unemployed persons. Musana’s economic development initiatives tackle this issue by tapping into people’s creativity and potential, inspiring job creators and entrepreneurs. Acting as one of the largest training centers in Iganga, Musana equips Ugandans of all ages, educational backgrounds, and economic status in both business and practical skills.

economic enterprises

merchandise production

Musana trains and employs women in craftsmanship, tailoring, knitting, embroidery, and tie-dye. Our women currently have contracts with multiple schools, businesses, and organizations to make uniforms, sweaters, bags, and other local demands. Concurrently, these women continue to perfect their handiwork in the creation of beautiful merchandise that is sold in the tourist craft market in Uganda and overseas. Every item that is made in this department not only supports Musana, but provides income for the women, enabling them to take care of themselves and their families.

sol view

Musana trains and employs women in craftsmanship, tailoring, knitting, embroidery, and tie-dye. Our 20 full-time and 138 part-time women currently have contracts with multiple schools, businesses, and organizations in Iganga to make uniforms, sweaters, bags, and other local demands. Concurrently, these women continue to perfect their handiwork in the creation of beautiful merchandise that is sold in the tourist craft market in Uganda and overseas. Every item that is made in this department not only supports Musana, but provides an income for the women, enabling them to take care of themselves and their families.

guesthouse

A few kilometers away from Iganga Town, our guesthouse is an oasis! This secure compound has a beautiful grass area with fruit trees and flowers, an outdoor gazebo where guests can sit and relax, and a terrace that is perfect for morning yoga or nightly stargazing. Embedded within Musana’s staff and leadership housing, this community offers warm Ugandan hospitality.

empowerment center

The Musana Empowerment Center provides economic development services to the community, inclusive of skill development classes. These classes train 240+ women annually, offering training in tailoring, knitting, and hairdressing. The intensive courses create entrepreneurs with a very practical and business-centered approach.

profits are invested into

community outreach

scholarships

In the most rural areas of Eastern Uganda, access to health care is challenging. In response to the needs of these communities, Musana’s Social Work Department partners with Musana Community Health Center and remote village leaders to organize health outreach events. During health outreach events, social workers and health practitioners travel to rural areas of Iganga to provide free services including malaria and HIV testing, dental check-ups and extractions, family planning, prenatal care, nutrition screenings, vaccinations, and counseling.

village health outreach

In the most rural areas of Eastern Uganda, access to health care is challenging. In response to the needs of these communities, Musana’s Social Work Department partners with Musana Community Health Center and remote village leaders to organize health outreach events. During health outreach events, social workers and health practitioners travel to rural areas of Iganga to provide free services including malaria and HIV testing, dental check-ups and extractions, family planning, prenatal care, nutrition screenings, vaccinations, and counseling.