SAAFU:

Ssabasumba Annual Appeal Fund

This was the moment, in 2007, when SAAFU was officially launched by Vice President, Prof Gilbert B. Bukenya (third from left) Cardinal Wamala (first from left), flanks Archbishop Kizito Lwanga
This was the moment, in 2007, when SAAFU was officially launched by Vice President, Prof Gilbert B. Bukenya (third from left) Cardinal Wamala (first from left), flanks Archbishop Kizito Lwanga
In the year 2000 when His Grace Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga was still the Bishop of Kasana – Luwero, he visited the Diocese of Trenton in New Jersy, USA where Bishop John Smith who was the incumbent Diocesan Bishop of Trenton welcomed him very warmly indeed. The friendship culminated into a partnership Kasana – Luwero and Trenton Diocese. In their interaction with the life of the Catholic Church in Trenton Diocese, His Grace was informed by the Most Rev. John Smith that he maintains the social and pastoral work of his Diocese through a Fund which is called the Bishop’s Annual Appeal Fund “BAAFU”. It is a well-organized fund from all members of Christ’s faithful in the Diocese of Trenton. Each year the Bishop makes a personal appeal to all Catholics in his Diocese to contribute to the said fund so as to support the activities of the Church in the Diocese. The Bishop’s Annual Appeal Fund is a canonical fund that is derived from Church discipline. Canon 1266 stipulates that “the Diocesan Bishop may set up a special fund to assist him in the funding of activities in a Diocese”. On return to Uganda after the visit to Trenton Diocese, His Grace introduced the same fund to the people of Kasana – Luwero Diocese; and to his surprise the fund raised more money than what was being collected from the tithe (1/10) from the faithful. When His Grace was appointed the Archbishop of Kampala in 2006 he introduced the same fund to the Archdiocese naming it Ssabasumba Annual Appeal Fund (SAAFU) to rhyme with Canon 1266. SAAFU was launched in 2007 with a purpose of supporting the Archdiocesan projects. The very first project to be funded by SAAFU was the renovation of Lubaga Cathedral in 2007. The following years (2008 -2011), SAAFU was directed towards the construction of the New Administration Block at Lubaga which building was opened and blessed by His Grace Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga on October 30th, 2011. From 2012 to date a certain percentage of SAAFU collection is being returned to Parishes depending on each individual Parish’s contribution to cater for Parish projects.

Appreciation

His Grace Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga Archbishop of Kampala wishes to thank all the Clergy, Catechists, Religious leaders, Civil leaders, Head Teachers, Hospital Superintendents, the faithful and Well-wishers throughout the Archdiocese who have supported the fund since its inception which fund yielded tangible fruits