Wells of Hope Ministries was founded in 2002 in Murchison bay Prison Luzira, Kampala by Francis Ssuubi where he was an inmate on remand for a period of 68 days. He was later acquitted after the charges were dropped.
While in prison, he wrote the Wells of Hope concept. During imprisonment, he discovered the inmates’ biggest worry is the situation of their families that they left behind especially their children.
Francis, accompanied by some volunteers then started going to prison to preach; they used to praise and worship God. They started by preaching to inmates in Luzira Upper prison. Through the sessions they shared with the inmates, the inmates’ hope was restored. They had hope in God that their families would be taken care of and that they would reunite with their loved ones one day.
In 2004 Francis and volunteers started doing Christmas parties for Children with incarcerated parents. They would do this with support from friends. The children would merge together to celebrate this day; they used to sing, dance, play together, get gifts and cut cake, something their parents could not afford to do for them.
Wells of Hope Ministries was officially launched on the 25th November 2005 by Hon. Timothy Lwanga , the Minister for Ethics and Integrity then.
In 2007, Wells of Hope Ministries started by paying school fees for the children. The children were studying from schools in their communities which were near their homes. This was possible with support from Wells of Hope friends who were touched by the need to educate children with parents in prison.
In 2010, Wells of Hope Ministries rented a facility which served as a school for the children. The children received education and welfare support. They were provided with education, shelter, food, clothing, medical treatment; the children got to know that they are also loved and cherished like any other child.
In December 2011, the Wells of Hope Ministries purchased land in Kyajinjja, Semuto -Wakiso district. Construction work kicked off and at the moment, the ministry has a school called Wells of Hope Junior School which is a primary school. The school provides education and welfare support to children with parents in prison and has attracted a number of children from the community as well. The children are taken care of by a well-trained Teaching and Non-teaching staff. Wells of Hope has partnered with three secondary schools where children who graduate from primary proceed to for further studies. The ministry also has children supported in vocational institutions. As a way of enhancing family bonding, the children visit their parents thrice a year (once every school term).
The ministry supports families of prisoners through projects which they embrace as a livelihood to sustain their families.
With a qualified and committed team, Wells of Hope is able to reach out to more prisoners and their families. Wells of Hope gets its support from partners and friends.