Formerly Teenage Mothers Outreach (TEMO)

Hope Shine Uganda, previously known as Teenage Mothers Outreach (TEMO), is a Christian, non-profit organization operating in Kampala’s slums. Hope Shine serves primarily girls in crisis pregnancies (teenage mothers) and women by providing medical care, food, education, and sustainable livelihood programs like vocational training programs. Hope Shine creates opportunities for vulnerable women and girls in the slums to break the cycle of poverty and THRIVE. Hope Shine believes that by empowering and inspiring these women and girls to achieve their financial freedom through entrepreneurship for income generation, they will make informed decisions and reach their full potential.

Hairdressing and tailoring classes, offered by Hope Shine, last for one year.  At the end of the year, Hope Shine gives hairdressing supplies and equipment to the mothers who graduate from the hairdressing training program to help them start a business of their own or to help them get a job.  Hope Shine gives the tailoring graduates a sewing machine to set up their businesses or join another.  Hope Shine equips these graduates with vocational and business training to be self-sufficient.  

Engage Hope began its partnership with Hope Shine in 2017.  Since that time, with the help of Engage Hope and its donors, the following needs have been met:

  • funding for rent for the Hope Shine offices where Hope Shine staff conducts vocational training and counseling, distributes food to the mothers in the program, and shares the gospel
  • funding for weekly feeding of the young mothers and their children
  • funding for the medical costs of young mothers
  • funding for staff salaries
  • providing sewing machines and hairdressing equipment for mothers graduating from the year-long training program
  • providing the tent for the hairdressing school along with shampoo chairs and other necessities
  • furnishing the Hope Shine office

Engage Hope also offers assistance through the following initiatives: 

Sponsor-a-Child – Through Engage Hope, generous individuals from the United States sponsor children in the Hope Shine program to provide them with a Christian education, minor medical care, a daily meal, and the teaching of life skills to enable self-sufficiency.

Short-Term Mission Trips – Engage Hope annually leads two to three short-term mission trips to Hope Shine.   Team members share the gospel with children in the program through Bible stories and arts and crafts.  Teams also provide medical clinics and discipleship training.  The goal of each Engage Hope trip is always to meet physical needs while sharing the gospel of Christ. 

In March 2020, Engage Hope sponsored a team of Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) students on a short-term mission trip to Uganda.  The PCA students visited Hope Shine, where they provided and distributed food to young mothers and their children.

COVID Relief Fund – to prevent the spread of COVID, the Ugandan government locked down the country, including closing schools and prohibiting public and private transportation.  Engage Hope raised funds to send to Ministry Partners to help them purchase food for families of sponsored children and other families in their ministries who were going hungry.   

Yearly Meet the Need Campaign – every summer, Engage Hope raises funds for our ministry partners that allow them to meet the students’ greatest needs in their programs.  Ministry Partners have distributed mosquito nets, mattresses, blankets, shoes, school supplies, soap, and other necessities.  

Yearly Christmas Party – for years, Engage Hope has raised funds to give to each of our ministry partners to allow them to provide a Christmas party for the children in their programs.  The parties include a meal for the children, fun activities, and sharing of the Christmas story of Jesus’ birth.  Children look forward to these parties all year long!

To sponsor a child from Hope Shine Uganda, click here to be redirected to their sponsor page.  To learn more about Hope Shine, please click here to be redirected to their website.