August 13, 2017
August 10, 2017
She urged the mother to go directly to the hospital and she met them there. I got the text message. And the fear was great. The hospital cost 150 USD. This is 4 months income for this family. They already barely survive. The hopelessness in moments like this is extreme. I immediately said I would send them money. And to my amazement, the Western Union is even open on Sundays. So the mother did not need to wait long for the funds (a miracle) to be sent. And I have received donations this week to cover this need. This is, unfortunately, the 3rd time we have had to pay for medical costs this year. 2 burn cases and a life-saving C-section.
A few lessons about the poor…
It is easy to get burnt. They live in very tiny spaces and cook on wood fires. When my children were young we had a thing called an oven guard. It was mounted in front of the stove top to prevent pans from accidentally spilling. The poor do not have luxuries like this. They cook on open fires in their tiny homes. They deal with the smoke and the risk of fire and injury.
They do not have medical insurance. And when something like this happens hospitals will refuse care. Women die on the floor of Ugandan hospitals needing C sections but not having money to pay for them. Olive went to a clinic with serious burns. They gave her a shot of salt water and sent her home. She could have lost her leg or even her life because she had no money. When you hear about parents selling their children …it is often to pay for medical bills. You read about the kids in India working as bond slaves, or girls in Cambodia sold into prostitution. How does that happen? It happens for things like a burn that needs 100 dollars to be treated. The mother of the baby who got burnt on Sunday has many mouths to feed. There is no medical insurance. There was no way to cover the costs. They were desperate. The very poor do not have insurance.
Why do we care about giving these women skills? With skills, they can buy insurance. They can improve their standard of living. They can send their own children to school. There is little hope when you are selling corn or porridge on the street 10 hours a day. There is no hope when you make 1 dollar a day. So our challenge is to cover the urgent costs of things like burns and C-sections but invest heavily in skills that will eventually break this cycle of extreme poverty. We still need 600 USD to cover the total costs of renovation on the new skill center. And we need money for 3 more sewing machines. They cost 300 USD each. You can give me cash or send money to go fund me or by pay pal. I promise you 100% of your donations will go to the Teen MOPS group in Kampala.
August 6, 2017
dollars. Eventually, we hope to have 20 large garden bags that hold 100 plants each. Potentially it will provide vegetables for the entire church. Life in a dark place...hope for the hopeless...food for the hungry. We thank you for your giving. We are moving forward. And soon the women will have their own sewing workshop. We still need the money for the machines. But we trust they will be provided.
July 29, 2017
My name is Angellah Kahinda.
July 24, 2017
My name is Patricia. I am 17 years old and, my baby’s name is Ethan. I stay with my Dad and 4 sisters and 1 brother. My dad is a local police officer. Sadly he is an alcoholic. My mother passed away on the 27 October 2014. My home village is in Ngora district in Eastern Uganda. I and my big sister work and pay for the house we live in. My sister is 20 years old and she is a bar attendant. She works all night. During the day she is sleeping. I make money washing people's clothes.I thank GOD the baby came abruptly and I never aborted the way most of the girls of my age do. Thank God for MOPS speaking into my life. I am strong now. My goal is to learn to tailor (Fashion and design). Please pray for me because I’m still healing. Pray for my baby Ethan. He has a cold. I don't know what to do. Right now I can't bend down to do Landry for people so I don't have money to take him to the hospital. His clothes are becoming small for him.
Note- she is not in our tailoring program yet. We would need to find more money to help pay her costs. The money is not there. But we hope more people will help sponsor our women.
July 18, 2017
The sewing school has been very good. Our women have learned a great deal in this short time. But the school has actually taken in 20 new students. And there are only 5 sewing machines. Our women rarely get to use a sewing machine. Many days lately they have had to sit and do nothing. Naturally, this is not why they are going to school. The local Catholic church has offered the group a large room to use for a sewing workshop. If we spend the next quarts tuition on a private sewing teacher and find the money for 5 machines, our women can receive a better education. Eventually, they would like to train other poor women to sew. It seems right to us to leave the school and move to the church. Our biggest need at the moment is sewing machines. Good industrial, nonelectric machines cost 300 dollars each. So we need to raise 1500 dollars as soon as we can. It will also cost 500 dollars for a teacher for 3 months (August to October). And it will cost about 300 dollars to cover the cost of renovating the room. The church has a security guard. It is a very poor area with a high crime rate. And this is a very poor church. It can not afford to pay for a PO Box. We are extremely grateful they will allow us to use these rooms rent free.
When I consider the large amount of money that needs to be raised in a short time I feel really afraid. Yesterday I told Sylvia we should go ahead and make this move. It seems like the correct thing to do. But we do not have the money. So I felt really afraid. And then I thought about Olive. She burnt her leg. She had no money. She could not sleep, and she could smell her leg starting to rot. She could not work. So there was no money for food and no money for rent. She felt fear. Much more fear than what I feel now. And God provided what she needed. He delivered her. And I felt pretty sober. Because I have so much and hardly ever need to trust God. I do not want to disappoint these women. But I know it is not me that meets their needs. God will use the generosity of many. And I hope you will consider helping. The pay pal link is here. We also have a go fund me page. And I will accept cash. 100% will go to Kampala Teen MOPS. I do not keep anything for myself. Thank you so much.
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