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.

August 10, 2017

The poor do not have medical insurance

On Sunday Sylvia our MOPS coordinator got a call that a baby had accidentally knocked over hot milk, and they were burnt badly.  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

Renovation begins

Renovation begins on Monday at the church in Kampala.  They will be plastering and painting the workshop MOPS gets to use.  We will have tables and chairs and a large storage cabinet that locks.  In front of the workshop, the church has allowed MOPS to build a large vegetable garden.  We need to raise money to pay for the compost and garden bags. The total need for the garden is 500
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 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

Angellah Kahinda

My name is Angellah Kahinda.
Am 16 years old. I never went a higher level of learning in school. I stopped in second grade. I can't write nor read. My baby's name is Favor Masika she's 5 months old...Am a refugee from Congo living in Uganda I stay with my mother, two sisters and two brothers in a one roomed house. Me and my mother sell street food on the streets of Katwe... We earn 2 dollars on a good day, and on a bad day we don't sell anything or earn less than a dollar. Sometimes my baby gets sick because hospitals are so expensive I use local vine medicine. Am so motivated by other teen mothers like me in my group to work hard and stand strong as a woman. My wish is to learn a skill in hair dressing and be like the girls doing tailoring in future they will be able to take good care of themselves and those of their children. Being a refugee is hard but I thank Jesus and my MOPS group for

July 24, 2017

meet Patricia

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.  
Each big load is a $1. To finish a load it takes a day.These days I don't work because I was operated when I had Ethan so my sister does everything.  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

trusting for bigger things...we need your help

In May we began to pay the tuition and living expenses for 5 mothers from the Teen MOPS group in Kampala.  This was a step of faith.  We had the 500 Euro tuition fee, but no money for the monthly living expenses.  But every month we have seen people donating towards this need.  And we have been able to pay the school fees, the monthly living expenses for the 5 moms, and for the monthly group feast.  We also had the unexpected medical expenses of Olive to pay.  But the money was also there for this need.
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.  

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 g...