Greetings from Uganda.
On Tuesday this week, our youngest baby Lilly, turned 1, and Rille (our second youngest) is turning 5 on Christmas.
We were able to go for a short family vacation at Musana camps, a Christian campsite on lake Victoria with the kids. We were joined by Pastor Freddie and Sandra and their baby Irma. It was a relaxing time and a joy to be with family.
Our school year ended in November, and all kids that have extended family, were sent to them to spend time with family. Some church members have also taken some kids to their homes for Christmas break. We have only 22 people at the village, including the staff helping out.
We are using this time to do remodeling at the school. We are laying tiles in classrooms, painting, clearing the compound and laying pavers.
According to the police crime report of 2021, 17,000 sex abuse cases were reported and of these, 14,000 of them were aggravated defilement cases. (Childen under 13 years sexually abused by an adult.) 1 out of 3 girls have been sexually abused in Uganda, according to the US embassy in Kampala.
This year, we have been able to rescue 23 girls who were victims. Recently, we launched a community action team. We are working in partnership with the local district, police, state prosecutors and other stake holders to ensure that children are safe and that these offenders are taken away from society. We are also raising awareness about the whole issue of sexual abuse.
We launched the campaign last week and we hosted many of the local district officials and local press.
Your prayers will be appreciated as we continue to reach these girls.
Meet our newest kids at Mercy.
Namakula (English name not yet known) is 7 years old. She is extremely malnourished to the point where she cannot stand, she only squats. Maria, who is 3 years, can stand.
We rescued them this week; the mother is a mentally sick person who has been living in a shack.
The mother would take food from the oldest and feed the youngest. They were referred by the district social worker who was informed by the community.
They don’t have any known relatives, but we will begin to search for them as we rehabilitate them. Your prayers are appreciated.
Like the kids above, we have 46 kids that are not yet sponsored but are already in our care.
We spend $40 to care for a non-residential child and $100 for a residential child or child with special needs.
You can make a one time gift or signup to become a child sponsor. You can also make a gift towards the ongoing construction and renovations. Your gift goes a long way.
Love love love reading your update. Thank you so much for all you do. Especially helping the girls that are sexually abused. This hits very close to my heart. This abuse is horrendous and you are making a difference for Jesus. I pray that these victims are healed in Jesus name. Your family is so precious. I can not wait to see them in July God willing I make the trip! Pls pray about that for me. I do have some health concerns that could make this trip hard for me. So like I said God willing I will come. He directs my path. Love you all so much . God bless…Mama Barb..