Barbara Kayanja

Barbara began her role as East Africa Ministry Team Leader with World Renew on November 1, 2016. She currently lives in Uganda.

Her hometown is Kampala, Uganda. Barbara hold a bachelors degree in Social Work and Social Administration from Makerere University Kampala Uganda and a Masters of science degree in Development Management from The Open University, United Kingdom.

Barbara's husband, Gladson Samuel Kayanja is  the Pastor of Muyenga Miracle Center Church. They have two daughters Cynthia Mwesigwa and Winnie Namutebi.

For 5.5 years Barbara was the East Africa Regional Director and then the Africa Regional Director for Global Health Corps, overseeing program implementation in Africa. For two years she was the East Africa Regional Representative with Trickle Up, overseeing program implementation in East Africa.

Barbara excels at team organization, development, building, mentoring and coaching, program development management and implementation, micro-finance, village savings and loans associations, asset transfer programs, and community based health care programs.

Currently she provides overall direction, management, and leadership to the East Africa Ministry team to ensure team organization, development, growth, and performance.

Aug 2, 2019 by Barbara Kayanja

Volunteers Sustain and Grow Community Development

This spring I made a field visit to the village of Akokma on the southern shores of Lake Kyoga at the Akampala landing site. Landing sites are the centers of the Ugandan fish trade, where boats depart and return with their catch every day. World Renew had been to this place before, when we and our Ugandan partner, the Pentecostal Assemblies of God West Teso, began an Embrace AIDS and HIV Innovation Fund project there. I was returning exactly one year after the close of the project, curious to see if the community had been able to sustain the work that had begun years ago.

Oct 19, 2018 by Barbara Kayanja

Our Help Comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and Earth

EAST AFRICA - We had waited in vain all week for a glimpse of Kibo, the summit of Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in all of Africa. Like the Psalmist, we were contemplating from where does our help come.

Jul 19, 2018 by Barbara Kayanja

Restoration in Northern Uganda

UGANDA - In June of this year, I had the opportunity to visit northern Uganda. I have been to the district of Gulu there before, working with a microfinance organization targeting small and micro enterprises mostly in the town of Gulu.

Jul 6, 2018 by Barbara Kayanja

Serving God's Kingdom in East Africa

KENYA - About two years before I joined the East Africa Ministry Team with World Renew, I started reflecting on my role as a Christian in community development. At that time, I had worked for and built many secular organizations—community-based health care, microfinance, microenterprise development, and global health leadership—but had a certain emptiness.

Apr 19, 2018 by Barbara Kayanja

Could Gloria Have a Bright Future?

Gloria Desire Kajima is from Yei State, South Sudan and now a resident of the refugee settlement in Bidibidi, Yumbe District, Uganda. At just 20 years old, she heads a household of ten that includes her two-year-old son, her younger siblings, and young members of her husband’s family.

Mar 24, 2018 by Barbara Kayanja

Full Circle in Butiama

(KENYA) We were headed to the northern village of Butiama to carry out an evaluation for the sustainable livelihoods program there. As we drove from Mwanza through Musoma, we passed the entrance of Serengeti National Park. I could not help but marvel at the wonderful creation of God. I was reminded that our world belongs to Him.

Dec 10, 2017 by Barbara Kayanja

Male and Female, Both Image Bearers of God

One of the poorest villages in the district of Butyama, Kibubwa recorded high rates of domestic violence and child marriage and low rates of girls’ enrollment in school. Women were not allowed to speak in public, did not own their own land but were required to provide labor on the farm, and were not permitted to participate in household or child-rearing decisions. In addition, there was no church and many villagers held to traditional beliefs and did not believe in God.

Sep 21, 2017 by Barbara Kayanja

"When I Disclosed My Status, I Was Free..."

Akello Rose is a widow, living with HIV. She has three children, two boys and one girl. She tells the story of how miserable life was after the loss of her husband. She was left with nothing and reduced to a beggar, begging for food, water, money to go to the hospital, money to feed and dress her children. She had no self-esteem and lacked the confidence to speak up before people in her community. She felt reduced to nothing.

Jul 12, 2017 by Barbara Kayanja

Community Plans Water Pan

World Renew Kenya and its partner, Anglican Development Services (ADS), first came to Malindi, Kenya in response to flood disaster. Then came two food assistance programs, the first supported by Foods Resource Bank and the most recent one in partnership with the Canadian Food Grains Bank, in response to prolonged drought.