Categories: Apostolate

Sister Parish Ministry-Looking Back on 2018

2018 Was a Busy Year for our Sister Parish Ministry

Through your generosity…
 
  1. We shipped an x-ray machine, medical supplies, hospital linens, children’s books and vegetable seeds
  2. We installed two rainwater storage systems at a secondary school
  3. Two vocational students completed their courses
  4. One student began medical school
  5. We assisted with teacher salaries at a primary school
  6. 100 girls and post-partum mothers received reuseable feminine hygiene kits
  7. We paid off the health center’s debt with their medical supplier (hospital beds) and repaired a centrifuge
  8. The two parish priests received new laptops and two of our vocational students and the In-Charge at the Health Centre received used laptops
  9. And a boy with AIDS has lived another year
 
Join with us in 2019 as we strive to make an even bigger difference in the lives of our brothers and sisters in Uganda.

1. We shipped an x-ray machine, medical supplies, hospital linens, children's books and vegetable seeds.

In January 2018, we partnered with Children of the Nations and Denny Wilford Foundation, two local non-profit organizations working in Uganda, to send an ocean freight container to Uganda. Through the generosity of parishioners and others and with in-kind donations received from generosity of Providence St. Joseph Global Partnerships, Harrison Hospital, Our Lady Star of the Sea School, Home Depot, and others, we were able to send an x-ray machine, hospital linens, medical supplies, a wheelchair, children’s books, and vegetable seeds to our brothers and sisters in Uganda. 

The container arrived in Uganda in March 2018, did not clear customs until mid-June, and delivery was made later in the month.

It doesn’t get better than this – through the gift of a wheelchair donated by a parishioner, we were able to lift up our sister. We were later able to raise enough money to buy her a bed, mattress, sheets, blanket, bed net, and solar lantern. Rachael hopes to start a small piggery so that she will be able to support herself.

2. Giving Drink to the Thirsty

Thanks to the generosity of several Star parishioners, we were able to fulfil Fr. Reuben Mubangizi’s request to help provide clean water for the students and teachers at St. Jerome Ndama Secondary School in Rukungiri. 
 

We are approaching rainy season in Uganda and soon these water tanks will be overflowing.

3. Two vocational students completed their courses

Desiderius Alinaitwe graduated from St. Francis School of Health Science in Mukono on December 7th, 2018, with a Diploma in Medical Laboratory Techniques. Desiderius is currently awaiting the release of his official transcripts from Uganda Allied Health Examinations Board and hopes to continue his studies at Mayanja School of Clinical Medicine in Mbarara in August.

Leticia Niwahereza completed her course in midwifery at Karoli Lwanga School of Nursing in Rukungiri in June. Leticia is currently working at a pharmacy in Masaka while she awaits her graduation ceremony and receipt of her Certificate. She is smiling because she had just received a call from the school principal informing her that she had passed very well.

4. One Student Began Medical School

Judith Amutuheire began her five-year journey at Kabale School of Medicine in August 2018. Judith begins her second term next month.
 
“School is going on so well, i just love what am studying because i feel its one of the ways i will be able to reach out to people ,console, treat and show Christ’s love especially to the sick, i think we shall also study some counselling ,thank you so much for all the support, am who i am because of you, thank you so much for the laptop, this has made my reading easier, may sincerely reward  you a thousand times .”
          Judith Amutuheire, October 17, 2018

5. We assisted with teacher salaries at a primary school

Several parishioners and others make monthly contributions for primary students attending St. Elizabeth Nursery and Primary School.  This money is used to pay teacher salaries, which helps keep the school open, benefiting not only the individual students being sponsored, but the entire community.

“My main emphasis has been solving the education challenge because it’s the root cause of most of the problems.” – Evelyne Ninsiima, Director of St. Elizabeth Nursery and Primary School, Bushure, Uganda

6. Reusable feminine hygiene kits were delivered

100 girls and postpartum mothers received reusable feminine hygiene kits thanks to our Sew n’ Sews group who lovingly made them and the donors who donated the items necessary to make the kits.

7. We paid off the health center's debt with their medical supplier (hospital beds) and repaired a centrifuge

8. We Delivered New & Used Laptops

The two parish priests received new laptops and two of our vocational students and the In-Charge at the Health Centre received used laptops.

9. And a boy with AIDS has lived another year

Blair was promoted to grade 3. However he declined in class because he was sickly most of last term.” – Evelyne Ninsiima
 
[Note: Blair’s Birthday is January 23. He is now about 12 years old.]