Need is something that is a part of every country in the world on some level. The longer we spend in Uganda we see an infinite amount of need every day. Its hard to know what to do with all of it. You want to help every situation that comes your way but it just isn’t possible. So what do we do? For now, we help where we feel most compelled. We help the places and situations that stir something deep within us. There may be greater needs all over the world or even next door, but I believe we are all compelled differently by different situations and we must therefore help the situations that stir our hearts. This weekend as we walked and talked with the founder of Y.E.S Uganda, Carol Adams, we learned of a family whose story compelled us. Out of respect for the family we cannot go into full detail of their situation, but it is one of brokenness and deep hurt. These children have been taken advantage of, and they deserve so much better.
A little over 2 years ago a Ugandan man by the name of Rwamperre passed away. He left 5 children orphaned; the oldest being 13 at the time. For the past two years the five siblings, four girls and one boy, have lived alone. These children live a simple life. They never begged to us or even asked for help. They have accepted their lot in life and seem to be content. But as we were invited into their home Carol showed us an immediate problem. The children’s tiny house is falling apart. The concrete walls are cracked and crumbling, and one wall looks as though it will fall on two of the children’s bed at any moment. The same is true for their latrine (a Ugandan outhouse). There are earthquakes in this area which greatly increases the danger. Carol has known this family for years and has felt very burdened to help them. Through Y.E.S. Uganda she sends them to school and helps pay for uniforms, books, and shoes. But because she is caring for and sending so many other children to school, there is not enough left over to help build a new home for these kids. This is where we feel compelled. We want to help these orphaned children; we want to build them a new home, and we want to invite you to help as well.
We have worked with Y.E.S. Uganda to get the exact monitory needs the children would need for a new home. We aren’t telling the kids what we think they should have from a Western mindset, but trusting the Ugandan employees of Y.E.S. To build a safe new home it will cost $2000 USD. To build a safe latrine (bathroom) it will cost $250 USD. A little goes a long way in Uganda, so even if you can donate $5.00 it would be a huge help toward this new home. Once the window for donating to this cause closes, we will tally the total and send the money directly to Carol Adams at Y.E.S. Uganda. She has been working in this area for almost 20 years and has been above reproach with finances. We know and trust that she will distribute this money to this family. We are asking you all to partner with us to help build these children a much needed new home. We will announce when their house is fully funded and document it once it’s built so that you can see where your money has gone!
Another way you can help this family is to sponsor their food. They are all in school and have no money to buy food. Most days they only eat motoke (a Ugandan banana) a few times a day. Y.E.S Uganda has estimated that for $52 USD all 5 children can eat for one month. That means, for $624 a year, all 5 children can have full bellies. If you would like to sponsor their food allowance please send firstname.lastname@example.org an email letting us know how much money you would like to send and we will send you a specific invoice for that amount. 100% of your donations will go to the Rwamperre children!
Will you join us? Please click the link below and make sure you select "Rwamperre Housing Fund" or "Rwamperre Food Allowance" so your funds to to the right spot! We'll update as soon as we have met our goal! Thanks!
The day we showed up to document the family, two of the middle sisters were away. However, upon meeting the
family a week before we were able to photograph the 4 sisters together.