Vocational Training for the Future of Northern Uganda

On a recent journey to Arua in North West Uganda to help train student and youth leaders to use Christianity Explored, the CE team visited the construction site for the new Vocational Training Institute (VTI) in Gulu.

In this short interview, Bishop Johnson shares his hopes for the VTI and the partnership with Christianity Explored in training clergy and lay leaders.

It is an exciting project investing in the future of Uganda. It is a joint project between the Anglican Diocese of Northern Uganda and Fields of Life.

The Vocational Training Institute is named after Archbishop Janani Jakaliya Luwum, the archbishop of the Church of Uganda from 1974 to 1977 and one of the most influential leaders of the modern church in Africa. He was arrested in February 1977 and died shortly after. Although the official account describes a car crash, it is generally accepted that he was murdered on the orders of then-President Idi Amin.

Over a period of 20 years, nearly 1.7 million people were displaced by the LRA, the Lord’s Resistance Army, and tens of thousands were either killed or maimed. Now peace seems to be real and our people are leaving the IDP camps to return to their home villages.

The Diocese of Northern Uganda is working to meet the people’s needs by providing trauma counseling and improving their living conditions.