As I reported previously, KCCA (Kampala City Council Authority) went through the slums in Namuwongo and bulldozed everything up to within 30 meters of the railroad tracks there, barring some nice homes and businesses not actually in the slums. (There is a court decision pending on those.) Ten Eighteen was able to raise over $3300 specifically for this crisis, and when I was there in October, I was able to get an update on how that money was used.
The summary is that we were able to send 15 families back to their villages, relocate 5 to an area outside of the slum, give 100 families bulk food three times, and still have one elderly friend we will be relocating back to her village in the north before Christmas. She was waiting on a decision from the clinic where she gets her free ARVs as to whether they could give her multiple months at a time, and on my visit to see if Ten Eighteen could pay for her to travel back to Kampala 3 or 4 times a year to get those medications (yes to both!). We are thrilled to have gotten help to so many, with YOUR help!
After the bulldozers demolished her home, this lady and her children were sleeping outside in the streets. She is HIV positive and got near death – Alive, the clinic where she gets her ARVs was desperately alarmed for her and sent her to Ray of Hope for help. We were able to relocated them to a home outside of the slums, where she is safe and has a good roof over her head. While she was sick the day we visited, she is doing really well, and her kids are very happy. Particularly the one below, who never stopped grinning and laughing!
Hadassah is also HIV positive. Her husband has left her because she has had 7 (beautiful!) girls and no boys. (Three of them have died.) Interestingly, her husband has only had girls with other women, too – he clearly needs a lesson on genetics/biology!
This young lady chose to move with her father to a spacious room outside the slums. She only has one child, who is in the village, and her father raised her (unusual in Uganda). This is a good option for her, as he makes some little money which can contribute to their rent, and it also gives her a measure of safety from theft, abuse and rape that many single women in these locations don’t enjoy. The daddy was so pleased to have us in his home, and was a lovely man!
Visiting this home was so fun – these little ones ran around yelling “JaJa! JaJa!” (Grandmother!) as soon as they saw her. The children aren’t hers biologically – they are nieces and nephews of her deceased siblings. But they were so happy, so well cared for, and so ADORABLE!
Finally, we walked a good ways to Rose’s new house. It is expensive – 100,000 shillings a month with power, which hasn’t been turned on yet – but she makes pretty good money washing clothes for people and businesses, and is SO EXCITED about her place. It is quite large inside, and was literally the cleanest, tidiest home I’d ever been in in the community. And she has FIVE kids living there! Amazing!
If you donated for this cause, THANK YOU! These ladies’ lives, and those of their children, have been changed dramatically! If you’d like to contribute to the ongoing work of Ten Eighteen, please donate here!