About Operation Uganda

  • Russell and Jenny Barton
  • Jenny Barton
  • Russell Barton
  • Barton Family
  • The Organisation

    Operation Uganda LTD is an Australian faith based registered charitable organisation; ABN 27 134 735 292, and with your help we rescue and care for orphaned and vulnerable children and create sustainable community development projects in Uganda, one of the poorest countries in the world.
    Operation Uganda focuses primarily on the most vulnerable and destitute children. All the children in our program must meet a strict criteria of being either orphaned or vulnerable. The women in our empowerment projects are either widowed or solo mothers in destitute situations. Your support makes a real difference to the world’s most needy.  

    Together we can bring hope and long lasting change to some of the poorest communities in Uganda.

    Operation Uganda is based on 3 pillars – Rescue a child, empower a community, transform a nation.

    Rescue a Child – There are over 2 million orphaned and vulnerable children in Uganda through child sponsorship and the rescue fund we are able to rescue and care for orphaned and vulnerable children.

    Empower a community – After years of war aids and extreme poverty local communities in Uganda have suffered. Operation Uganda empowers communities through skills based training, education and child sponsorship.

    Transform a nation – one child at a time, one household at a time, one community at a time. Together we can transform a nation and help the poorest of poor out of poverty, one at a time.

    Operation Uganda is proud to be a strategic partner with ACC International Relief, which is the Aid and Development arm of the Australian Christian Churches. AACIR's Core activities include Community Development, Child Sponsorship and Disaster Relief.

    All donations made in Australia are tax deductible.Operation Uganda is committed to integrity and financial accountability. We are governed by a board of directors, submit annual financial reports to Australian Investment Securities Commission, and submit of six monthly reports to ACCIR who are a signatory to ACFID the Australian Council for International Development. Operation Uganda is also an accredited Non-Government Organisation in Uganda and submits annual financial and operational reports to the Ugandan Government.

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    The Founders

    In 2004 the Barton family lost all their possessions when their family home in Brisbane was destroyed by fire. From the ashes of despair rose the hope to make a difference in the world.

    After losing everything they were convinced more than ever that the most important things in life were not things, but people.

    The journey had just begun for this ordinary Australian family, after hearing the statistics and seeing the injustice they packed their suitcases and headed for Uganda. Uganda is one of the poorest nations on the planet with over 2 million orphaned children. Russell and Jenny Barton have a clear vision to empower communities in Uganda and help end the cycle of poverty, one child at a time, one community at a time. Russell and Jenny who are both credentialed ministers with the Australian Christian Churches and regularly speak in churches, community groups and schools to raise awareness and promote projects in Uganda.

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    Our work in Uganda

    Changing the cycle of poverty is not only dependent on focusing on children, but also on community development on a holistic level. Every year, more than 10 million children die from totally preventable deaths. Some are directly caused by illness such as pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria. Others are caused by indirect causes including conflict and HIV/AID's.  Malnutrition, poor hygiene and lack of access to safe water and adequate sanitation contribute to more than half of these deaths. Two thirds of both neonatal and young child deaths — over 6 million deaths every year — are preventable. Half a million women die in pregnancy each year, most during delivery or in the first few days thereafter. Operation Uganda operates a community center providing training to community members free of charge addressing; Hygiene and sanitation, literacy, business development and skill training, Christian discipleship classes, community nursing clinic specifically targeting on pre-natal and post-natal care, HIV/AIDS awareness, and Malaria awareness and treatment.
    Operation Uganda also helps to practically strengthen communities by developing and building primary school current projects have been the renovation of eight classroom blocks & soccer field in Kasubi Primary School and building 7  new classrooms for Oringowello Primary School in Abim District. Operation Uganda also plants, supports and works with local churches and pastors in Uganda to develop and stregthen communities.