Mission + Meaning

To shine hope into the hearts of the desperate and needy through education, basic provision, and love. “Yaaka” in Luganda, describes the flash that occurs from the ignition of a fire. This “Spark” is occurring in the lives of those involved with Yaaka Afrika and the people we encounter. Yaaka Afrika is located in Uganda Africa. We partner with world changers across the globe in building not only the future, but making a difference now. Currently we have two campuses with over 1200 students enrolled in a flourishing education. Through education and love, Yaaka Afrika believes that we can change the world. Our goal is to partner with villages, by encouraging self-sustainable programs, education and love through long term relationships. Through these relationships, our lives and those who we work with are truly changed and our heart becomes “Yaaka”.

 

Our Team

Steven Trint

Steven Trint

Pastor / Uganda Director of Yaaka Afrika

Nelson Mutebi

Nelson Mutebi

Uganda Administrator

Josh Greenacre

Josh Greenacre

Board Member

Laynee Renslow

Laynee Renslow

Partner Support Coordinator

Ben Smith

Ben Smith

Field Director

Trista Sanderson

Trista Sanderson

Treasurer

Nikki McInturf

Nikki McInturf

Secretary / Partner Care Coordinator

Nathan McInturf

Nathan McInturf

U.S. Director

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Pastor Steven Trint

Pastor Steven Trint was born on April 18, 1970 in Uganda, East Africa. He has 11 siblings and was the last born in his family. While growing up, he dropped out of school at the age of 7 years and began cattle rearing for 5 years. During that time he learned how to produce charcoal from wood. At the age of 12 years his aunt took him back to school and he started learning from Primary two. At the age or 14 years, he learned how to cut timber and produce lumber for sale. He did this to pay his school fees. He would escape from school from 3:00pm to go to forest and cut timber. During that time Uganda was at war he had to run from one place to another, so that he would not be forced into a rebel group. He witnessed many children being forced to join, in addition to family members. At that time he longed to go to school. Everywhere he escaped to, he would get a job to earn money for schooling. He learned to prepare fish, peanuts and cassava to sell.

Finally he came to Kampala and joined his elder sister who helped him to join secondary school. In 1988, Pastor Steven became a follower of Jesus Christ. During this time, his sister became bankrupt and another sister and Pastor Steve began caring for her 6 children. Later the sister died of Aids. Pastor Steve went to northern Uganda to Lira and joined Uganda Technical College for a building course. After studying construction and working in contracting he was called into full time ministry. Today he works as a Director of Toggo and Gomba Internatonal Children’s Center. Founder of Yaaka Afrika and Pastor to many in the world, including Uganda and the US.

Stewardship

Yaaka Afrika was started by a group of passionate people who wanted to see God move in a war-torn region of Northern Uganda. God has been hard at work, and we are slowly seeing that vision turn into a reality. Yaaka Afrika was started and is supported entirely by volunteer workers, giving of their time, skills and passions to see that the work is done with excellence. Currently, 85% of all sponsorship donations made to Yaaka Afrika are sent directly to Uganda. 

Yaaka Afrika is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible in full or in part. In addition, for donations processed on our website, we ask that you agree to our Terms and Conditions. All donations made on our website (via Stripe) and through our partner platform REACH are Level 1 PCI DSS compliant.

Please understand we are an open book. If you have any questions about our operations or practices please don’t hesitate to contact us. 

US Address
P.O. Box 3401
Rocklin, CA 95677

Africa Address
P.O. Box 33860
Kampala, Uganda, East Africa

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Email: info@yaakaafrika.org
Phone: 916.258.5623