Side by Side Ministries is in Bethlehem in the Kyotera District of Uganda. War and the HIV epidemic devasted this region and left thousands of children orphaned and destitute. Pastor Ntale Pius was the founder of Side by Side Ministries. Tragically, Pastor Pius passed away in March of 2017, leaving his wife, Ntale Brenda, and two daughters, Ntale Jemimah and Namuyomba Jane, to run the thriving ministry.
Engage Hope partnered with Side by Side Ministries in 2010 and focuses support on the Bethlehem Side by Side Wisdom Center Primary School that sits adjacent to the Bethlehem Side by Side Church. The school currently provides a Christian education for over 350 children. Many of these children are sponsored through Engage Hope, but so many more are in desperate need of support. A donation of $40 per month for a primary student (Pre-K and Elementary) or $55 for a secondary student (High School) provides tuition, food, and minor medical care as needed for the child. Without support, many of the children in the Side by Side community will never be able to attend school.