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Early Mother's Shelter in Uganda

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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.

Due to COVID-19 the cost of materials and labor keeps rising. With your generous contribution we will be able to complete the first building that consists of combination of rooms for the caretakers, rooms for expecting mothers, and a classroom. It's the first step in helping these young women develop skills to succeed in life—and ideally reunite them with their family. 

With donations of $45,000 we will be able to finish the first building so the Sisters and young mothers can be safe and more comfortable:

·         Materials and labor to tile the floors

·         Paint the inside

·        Plaster the outside walls to prevent erosion

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 finish construction of the first building of the Self‐Realization and Skill Development Center for Early Mothers (SSDC-EM). 

The sisters purchased a parcel of flat agricultural land just outside Masaka, Uganda. Hear Sister Elizabeth talk about the significance of this sacred land.

With your donation we can finish 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. 

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.


  • Jackie Brown
    • $200 
    • 1 yr
  • Anonymous
    • $1,000 
    • 1 yr
  • Anonymous
    • $200 
    • 2 yrs
  • Maryruth Cannon
    • $100 
    • 2 yrs
  • Kristin McMahon
    • $200 
    • 4 yrs


Mark Rose
Bothell, WA
Ssdc-Em Inc
Registered nonprofit
Donations are typically 100% tax deductible in the US.

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