It has been a while since i had the chance to update this blog. Unfortunately i have been without internet access now for more than a week. Thank God i am able to have access today to update on the activities here in Uganda.
Obviously It is all about the distribution and the difference that is being made in people’s lives. In the past week we were able to support distributions in the village of Ajonyi and two shelters in Soroti. To save time and resources, neighboring villages to Ajonyi village were invited to join and benefit in the distribution in Ajonyi. These villages assembled under two mango trees that provided the much needed shelter from the scorching sun and heat. The distribution took place on Sunday and beneficiaries had the chance to attend service before that. About 800 men, women and children came through the distribution ground by the end of the day. With the help of the Pastors and church leaders, we managed to avoid a chaotic situation as we were almost run down by the anxious and exciting crowd.
Children and women were served first and then followed by men. The whole atmosphere was filled with excitement as every kid was putting on a smile and you can see them compare and comment with their friends about the things they have received. The looks of joy on their faces were priceless. The women were doing the same while the men look curiously with anticipation of more things to come.
Before the distribution started, I had the chance to sensitize the population of the need to be self-sustainable as person and then as a community. I challenged them to take control over their lives and see to it that they get themselves and their families outside the circle of poverty. The most important step towards this accomplishment, i told them, is to change the mindset that they currently have in regards to aid from abroad. Aid over the years has created a dependency syndrome which has caused many in Africa to literally sit and wait for handouts from humanitarian organizations. I told them MADI offers immediate and short term support but is ready to engage the community in long-term sustainable solutions to get rid of poverty. I challenged them to do double more of what they are doing right now to become economically viable.
MADI volunteers will continue with the distribution of clothes and shoes to the other villages scheduled to receive donations as they find the means to do so. Right now, the donations are secured and oversight has been established. In a few days i will be packing my bags to head back home. It has been a great experience for me and an inspiring one also. I feel like i have received more than i have given in this trip. The big difference in the little things i have seen during this process is a huge blessing for me. I encourage all you to join me in making the world a better place for all to live. These poor people need for than just clothes and shoes to get them out of poverty. The element of behavioral change is a priority and a key ingredient to restore livelihoods.
My sincere appreciation to Pastors Joseph, Daniele, and Robert. These men have sacrificially stood by me and have given me all the support I needed while in Uganda. I pray that God blesses and grow their ministry in the villages of North Easter Uganda.