September 11, 2017

A new baby

Masitula Nanyombi is 15 years old.  She gave birth to a healthy baby girl.  She lives with her grandmother.  She needs baby cloths.  We have the address to the group here.  If you want to send baby cloths, or fabric to be used for the sanitary pad project we could use these things right now.  DHL is the best way to send stuff.  The group needs old bath towels and cotton sheets and flannel to use for the sanitary pads.  But please do not send more than 45 dollars’ worth of anything.  They will have to pay taxes they cannot afford.  I can give you a phone number and a list of other needs if you leave a comment. 

+++Do not send sanitary items. Please only send fabric for our women to sew sanitary pads. The goal is that they learn a skill. The skill will meet a need. If you send sanitary items it meets a need but it cheats our women of a skill and a job.

September 4, 2017

garden sacks

I ordered these very special garden sacks from a company in Kenya for the Teen MOPS group in Uganda.  Well, it turned out that we were the first online customer they have had.  And although the website says they ship, they don't ship out of the country.  So Sylvia made the 16 hour round trip bus journey with a counselor from the church.  And they picked up the 30 garden sacks.  10 will be used in the test garden at her home.  20 will go on the church site.  They are supposed to hold 100 plants each.  So theoretically we will have 3000 plants.  They have been working on very large compost piles since the spring.  Maybe 6 months?  And tomorrow the first bags will be built.  This may not be exciting to you because you can go to your local store and buy vegetables.  There is food for sale in Kampala too...but no money to buy it.  Most of our MOPS moms & kids live on one meal a day.  Often that meal is like oatmeal.  Food is a big deal!  And we are so excited the gardens will start to be built.  It took a long trip to Kenya to get the bags.  They were stopped by scary men with guns.  They had to travel by bike taxi for 30 minutes into Kenya and carry heavy boxes.  But they carry the bags that will hold the plants that will feed many people.   I am so excited!!! And Sylvia is amazing!  She is a real hero!

August 29, 2017

making soap

The MOPS group is making soap for the first time. Sylvia came to Germany in June to learn this skill.   The women are very excite about it.  They hope to make soap for kids.  They may try to sell it in the grade schools. 

August 26, 2017

abortion gone wrong

It is Saturday evening. Tonight my husband grilled all sorts of meat. There was bread, salad, and vegetables. We sat outside. The evening is beautiful. My kids eat enough to be 100% satisfied. The dog gets what is left over. And I battle with the contrast between my world and the world Sylvia lives in in Kampala Uganda. Yesterday a desperate grandmother arrived at the church where the MOPS group meets. Her granddaughter had a local midwife perform an abortion on her on Monday. It went very badly. It was Friday and the teenager was bleeding to death. The poor grandmother had no idea what she could do. In desperation, she came to the church. And Sylvia contacted me. So I told her to take the girl to the hospital. I was sure she would die without help. And they had to remove the fetus, do a blood transfusion and give her strong antibiotics. But she will be ok. I sent money. And this girl is not in MOPS. I realize I cannot help every poor person in Kampala. At some point, we will need to draw a line. But I could not let her die. I hate abortion. But I will not judge her. She was given money for sex. She is very poor. And she felt she had no other way out. MOPS had a woman (Olive, the one who had burns) stay all night with the girl and her grandmother. They paid the hospital bill. They even gave the grandmother food money. And the grandmother was so overwhelmed by grace she has asked Jesus to be her savior. I pray she continues to walk with him.
Today they had a feast at MOPS. A young women named Ruth showed up. She has had her 2nd child. She had met a man who promised to care for her. And she got pregnant. And he has abandoned her. So she lost her job and lives with a  not so nice step mother. She has a hard time to carry both children to MOPS. But she did not want to miss the feast. At home, there is only porridge to eat. When we find the money we will help put Ruth through vocational school. She wants to be a hairdresser. I’m grateful she didn’t abort her kids. I’m grieved by the poverty that has lead these two girls to the point of selling themselves in hopes of a better life. And as I sat with my own family eating an abundance of food I just wonder how Sylvia can cope with the waterfall of need. I remembered a story from a book I once read. I wish I could recall the name of the book. It was very good. But I can only remember this story. A woman in Ethiopia had lost her husband and daughter to AIDS. She was so overcome with grief she went to live among the tombs. She wanted to die. A priest came to her one day and asked her if she would consider caring for an AIDS orphan. What did she have to lose? So she did. And eventually, she filled her home with AIDS orphans. Over 300 kids. She would go out to the streets and collect them. When asked how she could do this, she answered, how could I not do this. There is a tidal wave of need. You do not ask why just do what you can. Uganda is a tidal wave of need. Sometimes the reality of it overwhelms me. I feel so sad for the desperate state of these girls. Poverty drives them. But MOPS is feeding the poor. Today they had a feast, and everyone eats as much as they could.   And they helped save a girl’s life. An old woman has come to faith in Christ.  And eventually, a young women like Ruth will learn to be a hairdresser. Her kids will go to school. It is not easy, and it does not change all of Uganda. But for these women there is hope. And I’m grateful to play a part.

More photo's from the feast.

August 23, 2017

corn for sale

My name is Rehema Adukulu. I am 15 years old. My baby's name is Saidah Nantumbwe she's 1 month old. I chose life for my baby after listening to the words of encouragement from the leaders in our MOPS group. I was hopeless.  My father gave up on me and my 3 brothers and 4 sisters gave up on me.  In the past, I  asked for tuition from my father but he told me he can't invest in me,  I should be married and have children..Later my mother enrolled me in a village school and I  studied till 6th grade. I dropped out because she couldn't afford school fees and school requirements. She later told me to work with her on the street. We sell cooked maize and roasted maize to be able to pay for our house rent and to buy posho and beans   We eat posho and beans daily.  I only get to change when I come on the MOPS group feast.  Every day Me and mother wake up every morning 5 O'clock go to the market and buy maize.  I carry it on my head because my mother  always complains of back pain.. We bring it home to cook some of the corn and the rest is roasted when we are on the street because people like it hot..I thank GOD he saved my life, He saves us on the street. We leave the street 12 O'clock at night. Sometimes with a dollar profit and sometimes with less than a dollar profit.   And for giving me a family full of moms who're in the same situation and knowing am not alone in this situation... Our situation is overwhelming but I  am filled with hope to help my mother, sisters and brothers and my child.

August 13, 2017

Babies on the way

The Teen MOPS Group in Kampala has 5 babies on the way. We are going to need extra money to pay for midwives care. These girls have chosen life and need help to deliver healthy babies.

A new baby

Masitula Nanyombi is 15 years old.  She gave birth to a healthy baby girl.  She lives with her grandmother.   She needs baby ...