Harvest Hands International - Building Communities for Jesus

Harvest Hands ministry is located in Southwestern Uganda, in and around the city of Mbarara. Uganda has a population of 32.7 million - 50% of the total population is 15 years and younger, and 75% of the total population is 27 years and younger, and the average life expectancy is 53 years. The infant mortality rate is one of the highest in the world at 80%. HIV/AIDS has dropped in recent years due to an aggressive publicity campaign to educate people about how it is spread and the rate of HIV prevalence is 5.4% . And although there are many improvements in Uganda less than 60% of children complete primary school.

Mbarara is a city of about 83 000 people, although the district of Mbarara has about 450,000. Mbarara is the third largest city in Uganda, following Kampala and Jinja. However, it is still a town where it is not unusual to see goats grazing on the side of the road. While Mbarara is growing, and there is more wealth, there is still a scarcity of quality medical services and affordable quality education. Mbarara has a fairly significant number of expatriates who work in both the missions sector and the public service sector. There are 2 universities that have ties with international programs for guest lecturers and research opportunities and the government hospital is a teaching hospital, connected to the university.

The area around Mbarara is primarily a farming area – often called the land of milk and honey due to the many dairy farms and bee keeping projects. The rolling hillsides are covered with small plantations of Matoke – a green banana which is the staple food -- maize, and beans. Most farms are owned by subsistence farmers and they are only able to grow enough to feed their families. If they are fortunate, and the weather agreeable, many will also grow enough extra in order to pay for the basics: food items like tea and sugar, minor medical costs and school fees for their children. 

  The Harvest Hands office is located in Mbarara but our focus is to serve the rural communities surrounding the city. Our 100 acre farm is 17 km from the town in the community of Rwentanga and it is used to demonstrate the Farming Gods Way method that teaches a natural form of farming that can improve families food security.

 The Harvest Hand leaders work, is split between farm duties and teaching, and discipling the Rwentanga children at their schools, in a football league and at day camps. The goal is to raise up children who know God loves them and equip the child for ministry in God's kingdom. 


Mission Statement

Harvest Hand’s mission is to work with people that are disadvantaged and vulnerable, putting Jesus at the centre of the work, and forming partnerships, programs, projects and small business enterprises which transform local communities to provide for themselves and give witness to God’s love and presence.


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