Help Build Shelter for Unwed Mothers in Uganda
Abandoned by their families, single mothers in Uganda have no means of obtaining OB-GYN, delivery, or post-natal care. In a country where their social norms mean that an unwed mother is shamed and ostracized by their family, medical help is impossible to get, unless someone intervenes.
Young and alone, these mothers lack a support system to gain an education, learn parenting skills, or support themselves.
With your generous contribution we will build an education center with classrooms and workshops and a clinic with delivery rooms, bedrooms for the women and their children, and staff it with nurses, and midwives. It will help these young women develop skills to succeed in life—and ideally reunite them with their family.
Construction began in early October, 2018 from funds raised through friends and family. With donations of $25,000 we will be able to add the following to the first building - a combination of rooms for the caretakers, rooms for expecting mothers, and classroom:
· Construct the roof
· Complete the ceiling
· Install the windows and doors
· Fill in the concrete floor
· Install plumbing and plaster the inside walls
· Complete the veranda and plaster the outside walls
With your contribution, the future center will be able to shelter up to 32 young mothers at a time, until they can get up and out on their own.
Sister Elizabeth Namazzi, along with support from the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church, and with your help, would like to continue construction of the Self‐Realization and Skill Development Center for Early Mothers (SSDC-EM). We have used up the money raised by family and friends and need your help to complete the next phase of construction - completion of the roof of the first building.
The sisters recently purchased a parcel of flat agricultural land
just outside Masaka, Uganda. With your donation we can continue construction of the first building that is part of a complex with three buildings
: a clinic, a convent, and an education center. The center will provide shelter, healthcare, education, community, and counseling to the patients.Architectural plans
for the complex are complete thanks to a generous donation from civil and environmental engineering students from Seattle University.
Supported by Coughlin Porter Lundeen engineers Rachel Vranizan and Cory Hitzemann, Seattle University students created an award-winning senior project: a Ugandan Development Center for Early Mothers.
Your donation will help finish the roof for the first building. Our goal is to raise enough funds to begin to purchase the materials, arrange the labor, and get started on the roof right away.
To better understand the situation in Uganda and to see Sister Elizabeth at work helping early mothers and educating young women watch this video created and narrated by Sister Elizabeth.
Listen to Sister Elizabeth talk about her vision to help young mothers on Mater Dei Radio
As a board member of this worthy non-profit, SSDC-EM, I'm often asked why not choose to support a local charity. When I first met Sister Elizabeth and talked to her, and heard her amazing stories of harrowing escapes from soldiers and rebels, and how she has helped to save hundreds of children's lives I immediately felt a Mother Teresa like presence in her. Who wouldn't jump at the chance to work with such a person who only comes along so often. She is making a difference in people's lives. She is truly divine and doing God's work.