Godfrey (pronounced Jeffrey) is a teacher we met in Mbale. He and his wife, also a teacher, live off of $200 a month, while supporting their two children, three young family members, and ten extra children whose school fees they’re paying. When it came time for Godfrey to enroll in the classes needed to finish his degree, he had no money. After some prayer and discussion, we decided to provide Godfrey with his tuition. He’s now working diligently towards his degree, and his goal of opening his own school.
Meet Beatrice. She is the latest inductee into One City’s scholarship program. Her mother was raped, so Beatrice does not know her father, nor is anyone certain of her age or birthday. Beatrice’s grandmother looks after her, but not very well. She cannot afford Beatrice and has no plans for her. Thanks to all your contributions, she is now in school. She proudly owns two uniforms and school supplies, she received her first mattress, a mosquito net and has food coming in monthly. As she attends school and learns English, her progress is closely monitored. She was truly one of the forgotten children. $220 a year is all it takes to make a HUGE difference in Beatrice’s life.
Six months ago we visited Nurse Irene in the Manafwa District of Mbale Town. She showed us her meager store of medication and supplies with which she had to care for the village’s 4,000 residents. Irene also showed the distress on her face from being the only health care provider in the village. Many people die from malaria here. When asked what she needed, she quickly responded, “beds, medicine and a latrine.” We returned six months later, and now this little clinic has beds equipped with IV poles and mosquito nets, much-needed medications and supplies, as well as a newly-dug pit latrine. In Irene’s village, the spread of preventable diseases has slowed dramatically and lives are being saved.
This is Baby Ronnie. Though difficult to discern from this photo of him, he is 3 years and 3 months old. He is the size of an average 3 month old baby. His mother, thinking him dead, handed his body to a pastor. Ronnie is alive today because that pastor put his newly acquired First Responder training to use. He assessed Ronnie and determined him to be barely alive. OCM was able to arrange for Ronnie to be taken to the hospital where he was treated. Continued funding is helping to determine the cause of his underdevelopment.
Five dollars gave this woman hope. Mariam came to OCM when she heard about the Africa TrAID program and hoped to sell us her banana fiber dolls to provide for her children. Honestly, they were not very good. They kind of scared us at first. After speaking with her through an interpreter we understood how desperately she wanted the opportunity to work. We connected her with another of our artists who makes exceptional banana fiber dolls so she too could learn this skill. When we paid her, she fell to the floor, put her face in her hands and began to weep. Tonight she would be able to feed her family.