Uganda Crisis Relief
By Pastor Michele Robbins
The pandemic has hit East Africa and is causing some extreme hardships for my friends in Uganda. Pastor Baamu Moses reached out asking for help because they are having food shortages and the cost of soap and salt (used to make soap) have skyrocketed. I have known Pastor Moses since 2013 when I traveled there with an UMVIM group to work with subsistence farmers. He is a man who truly cares for the people in his rural area near Jinja. The Communities of Shalom group that we work with there is working on a project that would provide a water bucket, food (basics such as potatoes and grains), soap, and one face mask per household. The cost per bucket with lifesaving items is about $10. They have 23,000 households in the area.
I have applied for a $10,000 grant from UMCOR. If the grant is given, it will help them provide for 1,000 families. There are many more families, so I am asking for your help to raise funds. We will be giving a gift of Ugandan jewelry for donations that are a little higher than the normal cost of each piece. You can find some samples of the jewelry below and on our Facebook page with minimum donation amounts for the auction items. Make your special offering donation, with “UCR” in the note field, here or by mail to UUMC PO Box 323, Ukiah, CA 95482. Then let me know your preference if applicable and your delivery address by Facebook messenger or email.
Please share this fundraiser with your friends. Thank you so much for your compassion and assistance in this endeavor. Shalom, Pastor Michele
“Sadly, I do think most deaths will be in those countries (Africa, Asia and South America), and the most extreme economic pain..." – Bill Gates on PBS News Hour, April 7, 2020
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