Please join our efforts to support Sister Rosemary's work in Northern Uganda. A donation as little as $15 can provide materials to make 20 masks and 10 liters of liquid hand soap to help slow the spread of Covid-19 in this region.
2020 Spirit of Hope Award Goes to Dr. Ann Huynh and UAN
To recognize and reward the humanitarian relief provided to women, children, and refugees residing in northern Uganda, the Sewing Hope Foundation has awarded its 2020 "Spirit of Hope Award" to Dr. Ann Huynh and the Universal Angels Network. The Sewing Hope Foundation's mission is to support Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, one of Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People of 2014", as she tirelessly works to educate and rebuild the lives of women and children victimized by Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army.
FROM THE SEWING HOPE FOUNDATION'S WEBSITE:
"For 25 years Joseph Kony and the LRA Terrorized Northern Uganda. They abducted children and forced them to commit atrocities against their own families and communities. Girls as young as thirteen were degraded to sex slaves for Kony's officers."
"Now, the war is over, but the decades of brutal conflict have deeply scarred the people of Uganda. Child soldiers return to the very communities they committed violent crimes against, and the girls carry with them a constant reminder of their abuse: their captors' children. These girls and their children are often ostracized by their communities, and most lack the skills they need to provide for their families."
"Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe presides over Saint Monica's Vocational School in Gulu, Uganda. She lived through the horror created by Kony's LRA and now works to heal the wounds inflicted on her people. She invites formerly abducted girls to Saint Monica's where they learn skills to provide for their families. Through vocational training, these young women gain independence. Through community with their fellow students, they find forgiveness. Through the restoration of their lost futures, they find hope."
HOW UAN IS HELPING
Water Tank in Atiak
In recent years, the shift in need has been from civil war survivors to refugee families who spill across the border from the strife in South Sudan. A second school and medical clinic began construction in Atiak to support this need, and in 2019, UAN donated $8,000 towards the construction of a reservoir tank to hold water used by residents. This water is also shared with local villagers during times of drought.
Medical Clinic in Atiak
UAN donated $19,000 for construction costs related to a new medical clinic in Atiak. Construction is almost complete.
College Sponsorships and School Supplies
It is easy to understand how a good education has the power to dramatically change lives. In 2020, UAN started a college sponsorship program to help develop a more educated and self-sustainable population. This program focuses on offering assistance for students in the area who pursue medical, agricultural, and education degrees. So far, UAN has sponsored the education for three medical students (2 nurses and 1 doctor) and one agricultural student. UAN plans to sponsor two more medical students this year.
The sisters lead adult literacy classes in the refugee camps, but they desperately need school supplies to accommodate the large numbers of people who fall under their care.
You can help by donating below.
The Covid-19 pandemic has affected all of our lives, regardless of where we reside on the planet geographically. UAN believes it is important for humanity to unite in the spirit of universal love and compassion, so that we may share resources and support each other through this time of crisis.
We are fortunate in the U.S. that supplies for basic sanitary prevention are readily available. In northern Uganda, a shortage of soap and masks, along with overcrowded refugee camps, substantially increases the risk of infection in the area. This risk is intensified due to the lack of medical infrastructure to adequately care for those who may become sick.
Out of necessity, the sisters are making their own liquid soap and masks for residents of the orphanages and local villages, and the thousands who seek refuge in the area. Upon hearing reports of the difficult conditions and challenges that were continuing to unfold, UAN quickly raised over $1,000 from generous contributors to go towards the purchase of materials for masks and soap. We would like to express our sincere gratitude for our loving brothers and sisters who join us in this work to help relieve suffering around the glove.
We are all in this together.
If you would like to help, please consider a small donation to go towards the purchase of materials for masks and liquid soap. A $15 donation can provide materials to make 20 masks and 10 liters of liquid soap.