We've had strong links with Uganda for many years (see here). Uganda has just gone into a further lockdown – at least six weeks - with all places of education closed along with churches, mosques and other communal gatherings severely limited while transport is heavily restricted.
Andy Taylor asked Chris Kyewe of FLEP (Family Life Education and Planning) about the latest covid situation, and how it is impacting on FLEP's ministry. FLEP is in a bad place financially with donors delaying decisions due to Covid pressures while the British Government’s cut to overseas aid certainly hasn’t helped! To ensure that FLEP can keep providing its services, Enable Busoga (one of our mission partners) has committed to meet their running costs for the next 3 months. Hopefully, this will give them some breathing space to secure some longer term funding.
You can listen to Chris's answers below.
What is the latest covid situation in Uganda (recorded 10th June 2021):
What is the background of FLEP, and how is covid impacting it?
Ezekiel Nyende, a long standing friend and partner of Enable Busoga and St. James' by the Park, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer which thankfully has not spread further. He will be doing 40 sessions of radiotherapy in Nairobi - 8 weeks of 5 targeted, small daily doses which is an effective standard approach for this condition. The total cost including travel and daily expenses and medical costs that is required is in the region of £4,500. Ezekiel cannot meet this cost himself so supporters are aiming to raise the funds. We would like to open this up to the St. James' by the Park congregation so that those who wish to can contribute. We are aiming to raise £1,650. If more than that were to come in then any surplus would be held in case further treatment is required or added to Enable Busoga's unrestricted funds.
If you would like to donate to Ezekiel's treatment, please email Andy at email@example.com for the bank details or write a cheque to Enable Busoga which can be dropped into the Church office. Please indicate that your donation is for Ezekiel so that any mix ups can be avoided.
The Barbara Project enables disabled children in Busoga, Uganda - an area with whom we have strong links. Katy and Penny will shortly be going out to help this work again ... so here's an update on developments over the last year.
There have been some positive developments over this last year with encouraging progress towards sustainability.
Benson our rehabilitation worker is undergoing an official training course and once completed will be a qualified Community Based Rehabilitation worker: the only one in Busoga! Benson loves this work, has a brilliant manner with the children, and he is conscientious and caring. In July Benson carried out two village assessment clinics with Stephen (a Ugandan physiotherapist) so the project is beginning to run without Katy and Penny actually being there.
This project began in 2011 since then we have seen attitudes towards disability changing in the villages where we have held clinics and workshops. The provision of exercise regimes and essential mobility equipment has given many disabled children the chance to attend school. This has also enabled some of our young disabled adults to gain employment.
2017 has been an expensive year for the Barbara Project which has provided funding for Bensons training course, his one day a week wage and fuel for his work in the villages. Also a substantial amount of essential mobility equipment, prescribed by Penny and Katy, was purchased this year. So we need your help for this project reaching some of the most marginalised people in Uganda.
a) please pray for continued wisdom for all involved in the project.
b) if you'd like to give financially, give to the Parish Office, Penny or Katy , or make an online gift (which can be gift aided). For details e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Webale Nyo !
Empowering women always has a positive impact on society. In Uganda, teenage girls often miss out on some of their education each month. Our church are partnering with a simple social enterprise project in our partner parish in Uganda (and with expertise from Southampton Uni’s Wessex Social Ventures) to help girls get as much education as possible. What an impact that could have in the years to come!
You can give directly to the project, or you can go to a Quiz Night next Friday to have fun and a glass of wine, whilst raising funds! Invite your Facebook friends!