Why We Party

Why We Party
Virtually every time I go to Uganda, we have a party at Ray of Hope for our sponsored kids and the women of Nawezakana, as well as any special guests, like Pastor Sam Namatiiti. We started with serving around 90, and are up to 160 or so plates now. It's not as costly as you'd think, but it isn't cheap. With the budget tight, sometimes I think that maybe we should forgo the party and use that money for the programs. And yet... This is the time...

5 Reasons To Gift From the Ndoto Project

7.3% of the population of Uganda has HIV/AIDS, including this little guy's mother. His father died of AIDS. Ten Eighteen Inc. relocated his family to an area outside the slums of Namuwongo in September. The women in our Ndoto co-ops live with HIV/AIDS every day. When on ARV's (anti-viral medications), patients need to eat regularly and minimize stress. A regular, sustainable income achieves both of those goals. Uganda has over 3 million orpha...

Exposure and Fundraising for the Namuwongo Crisis

We've had some great things happen today, and I thank you all for your attention and prayers. Today, I did a radio interview at 7:25, a tv interview with Time Warner Cable News (News 14 Carolina) in the drizzle, and a tv interview with WITN, New Bern. I've booked two other interviews for next week. A colleague of my husband's sent out our press release to 20,000 (yes, those zeros are correct!) news outlets. And we've had 531 hits on the blog so far...

UPDATE On the Crisis in Namuwongo

This is Jennifer. We gave her a grant to start a micro-business, and she was able to buy some land and this house. It was right on the railway - it's gone. I am going to copy and paste the emails I've had from Uganda, because their words are better than mine. Here is my initial email from Emily, director at Ray of Hope, yesterday morning: Sunday night saw houses 30 m on either side of the railway line demolished by graders that invaded slum dwe...

Days 3, 4 and 5 – Hot, Rain, Hot

(NOTE: the photos quit uploading, so I'll add those when I can!) WEDNESDAY: We went down into the community, visiting new families. This took me back to our first visits down in the slums, before we began doing the micro-business grants. The families we visited on Wednesday were in dire straights, their needs really overwhelming. I didn't realize quite how much better off our ladies were now than when we met them until Wednesday. Some of what we encounte...

Day 2 – and it’s HOT!

This is my seventh trip to Uganda, and only one was really hot. Usually jeans are fine, and I wear a sweatshirt in the morning and evening. Not this time, at least so far. It's hot and dry and there's red dust everywhere. Just down the hill from Father's House they are burning, and the house is filled with smoke. Stephen and Bosco are outside to make sure the fire doesn't jump to the property, as one did last year on the other side of the house. I had a g...