COME Uganda is an Australian initiative in Uganda. With 5 schools across the country, over 40 churches in some of the remotest villages, a hospital advocacy project, a support group for HIV+ women and a selection of sponsorship programs, COME Uganda is having a widespread impact on the nation.
Our Mission Focus:
Children: rescue + educate
Outreach: evangelism + medical
Motivate: teach + equip
Empower: poverty relief
COME Uganda is a registered charity in Australia and Uganda, working with the relevant Government departments in both countries to ensure that integrity and accountability are upheld within the organisation.
COME Uganda partners with Australia HOPE International and VIVA.
COME Uganda has been awarded the Viva Quality Mark for Accountability Level.
The COME Uganda Board of Directors is made up of both Australian and Ugandan Nationals. They are:
Frank Heyward (Chairperson & Co Founder)
Erina Heyward (Vice Chairperson)
Lew McMaster (Public Officer)
Michele Heyward (Secretary, Treasurer, Co Founder & Director)
Marita Simpson (Member)
Samuel Mayanja Ssekajja (Member)
In December, 1997 Frank Heyward travelled from South Australia to Uganda for an eight day holiday. His short trip inspired a desire to help the Ugandan people, a burden that was matched and affirmed by his wife, Michele, and the pastors at their church.
With the scripture “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to all creation” (Mark 16:15) in their hearts, they moved to Uganda in November the following year with their youngest daughter Hannah. Becoming missionaries was something they had never discussed, or even thought of, but God works in miraculous ways.
Over the next several years, God inspired a vision for the work of COME Uganda, and He opened many doors for preaching and the teaching of His word. They were invited to be involved with a church in the slum area of Kasubi, near Kampala, which they accepted, and were based there for two years. Then in September 2001, a property was purchased at Lugala, 6 kilometres from Kampala (the capital of Uganda), where the headquarters were established.
Frank is an ordained pastor with Australian Christian Churches (formerly called AOG Australia). Their work in Uganda has been a journey of selfless passion for a people less fortunate and is nothing less than astounding, as Christ’s miracle working power is seen daily in their lives of sacrifice and love for the people of Uganda.
MEET OUR TEAM
Chief Executive Officer
Grace started at COME in 2008.
She has a Diploma in Business Management & Administration and Certificates in Project Planning & Design, Financial Accountability and
Shantal started at COME in 2014.
She has a Diploma in Hotel and Institutional managment.
Jane started at COME in 2011.
She has since completed a series of on the job training courses and commenced an accounting course.
Carol started at COME in 2014.
She has degree in Social Development.
Allen started at COME in 2017. She has since completed a series of on the job training
Cissy started at COME in 2016. She has degree in Information Managment Systems.