Olivia was a courageous mother battling hunger and despair…
Today she’s a change maker, with dreams for her whole community.
Aisha died at just 18 months old, her little body exhausted by severe malnutrition. She was Olivia’s daughter. With an absent husband, Olivia could barely afford the tiny mud shack they rented in Kampala’s Kinawataka Slum. Grieving for Aisha and surviving on popcorn, she worried about feeding her other baby, Nasul, just days old. Sick, alone and despairing, Olivia considered killing herself.
Our team regularly visited Olivia, praying with her and giving her emotional support. In the months that followed, Olivia gave her heart to Jesus and led her husband to Him as well. We continued to help them as her other children battled hunger and sickness. In this past year we’ve witnessed Olivia gain even more strength from the weekly Community Group meetings we run for mothers; and we’ve been there as she’s worked hard with her husband to find jobs and the income to build their own home.
Today, life remains hard, but it’s hopeful. Olivia is saving for her children to go to school. She speaks of her joy as she watches them grow in health and energy, running around and playing. Olivia has told us how much she saw and felt the love of Jesus for her when things were really bad… and that now she has high hopes for her family’s future.
Meanwhile Olivia’s Community Group has gone from strength to strength. Through this group she has been learning how to earn a living and build a better life for herself. It’s taught her how to provide her family with a healthy, nutritious diet on a small income and how to help prevent diseases such as typhoid, pneumonia and dysentery. It’s been a life-saver…
Here’s our challenge: Will you join us to empower families like Olivia’s to find the strength to face today and a bright hope for tomorrow?
In reality, there are many people in the slum communities who feel hopeless and overwhelmed by their situation. But as they join a group and receive the same love, support and practical training that helped Olivia turn her life around, they change. And like Olivia they realise, often for the first time, the potential of their lives.
Grateful for all that she’s learned, keen to give back, Olivia has trained to become one of our ‘Community Health Champions’. Now she can share her knowledge with other mothers, empowering them in turn to keep their children safe and healthy. And this is just the beginning, because Olivia and her friends will keep learning together and supporting each other so that, step by step they can transform their community.
Please join with us to help other mothers like Olivia.
Your support will enable our staff team to run a Community Group that will affect a whole neighbourhood of people like Olivia. They will update you regularly with photos and stories about group members’ families and how the community is changing.
For £15 a month you can see a group supported, trained and given hope.