House is a Crisis Pregnancy centre
located in Kampala, Uganda.
This centre is run under the auspices Youth for Christ Uganda
- Director, Miriam Koote. This ministry evolved out of an
initiative of YFCI and seeks the total involvement of youth
in life crisis issues. It is the only centre in Uganda that
cares for all aspects surrounding pregnant girls. The pregnancy
rate in Uganda is the highest in Sub-Saharan Africa. Currently
there are 3 million teenage girls; it is estimated that
1 in 3 will become pregnant this year alone. In many cases
these pregnancies are the result of incest or rape. Other
cases occur as a result of girls who are unable to be educated
(due to finances or family circumstances) - many girls feel
pressure to find a man who will care for them.
Click here to view a video on the Mirembe House.
The Staff and Volunteers travel weekly to schools to promote
abstinence through the Worth the Wait Program. Youth for
Christ is committed to educate young men and women at an
early age to make wise choices and commitments in purity.
Mirembe House has trained social workers on staff to counsel
girls who find themselves in a crisis pregnancy. Walk-ins
are always welcome and many girls and families are counseled
weekly. We desire to address the physical, emotional and
spiritual needs of young girls/women with unplanned pregnancy.
In House Care
Mirembe House is capable of housing up to 20 girls for
the duration of their pregnancy. Girls who have nowhere
to turn and no place to go are interviewed and often taken
in to be cared for until the birth of their baby. This is
quite common in Uganda as once a girl becomes pregnant,
often her family will reject her from living with them.