Uganda Prison Fund
It might sound kind of crazy.
But 3 years ago I had a dream.
While I was in Uganda.
About people in prison.
2 years ago, I was "randomly" contacted to join in
human rights efforts regarding prisoners in Uganda.
And less than 1 year ago,
I visited friends in prison in Uganda for the first time.
I now have the opportunity to return to prison in Uganda for the second time.
During my first trip to prison,
I was able to work with a human rights lawyer from
the Uganda Human Rights Commission.
She does prison assessments.
Because of gifts from generous donors like you,
we were able to help 78 people in prison.
By delivering and purchasing necessary supplies,
such as toilet paper, hand soap, laundry soap,
sanitary and hygiene items, and sugar.
Along with other gifts.
Unfortunately, we were unable to help 600 people in the same prison. Due to lack of funds.
I don't want to do that again.
I want to help all 700 people this trip.
And if we raise more money than necessary,
I've been invited to 5 different prisons.
And the first trip included only one.
The Ugandan Government does provide some food.
Usually one meal a day of porridge
They provide a ration of some supplies.
However, these supplies do not seem to be enough for all of the people, or all of the needs.
Community members have graciously offered to cook meals for friends in prison.
I would like to hire these friends to cook for prisoners.
This will achieve two goals.
1. Provide income for individuals and communities and farmers who are willing and able to work.
2. Provide nutrition for friends in prison.
Some other opportunties that I have include:
- Leading Meditation for prisoners.
These meditations will be non-religious.
But they will be spiritual in nature.
As every human being has a spirit.
Everyone can participate - of any religious faith,
or of none.
The intention is to decrease stress.
And increase love, peace, and a sense of well-being.
And perhaps open up hearts and minds to receive
love and guidance, in a way that will be meaningful and personal to each individual.
-I may also have opportunities to meet with more leaders from the Uganda Human Rights Commission.
Prison Guards. Government Officials.
And Religious and Political Leaders.
I would consider this a great honor.
As I have been attempting to build and continue relationships.
If I am lucky, I may have the opportunity to
Advocate for friends in prison, to expidite a fair and timely court date.
I may be somewhat vague about times, dates,
and any further details,
due to purposes of safety, security, and confidentiality.
I leave towards the end of April.
And would greatly appreciate any help I can get,
by April 15th.
My airplane ticket has been purchased.
So I am not asking for that.
Thank you so much for considering.
I'm not sure exactly how the dream will end.
I only know, that it will be good.
And allows us to store food and gifts for prisoners
on his property, free of charge.
Until we can deliver to prisoners, gifts -
such as toilet paper, hand soap, laundry soap,
We will plan to help about 30 babies in prison.
Will bring from USA baby formula and bottles.
Yes, breast milk is best.
But most of the women aren't producing enough milk.
And some have HIV.
Will also bring cloth diapers with snaps.
Some ladies are sewing other things.
If we have enough money,
We will also purchase life-saving mosquito nets for New babies and Moms.
And expectant Mothers.
These nets help prevent Malaria.
Many thanks to my friend,
Roseline, who does prison-assessments for the Uganda Human Rights Commission.
She assesses the needs.
And passes the information on to me.
I pass it on to you.
And together we can make a difference.
Hard numbers and data are difficult to get a hold of.
Because this situation is dynamic,
In a state of flux.
Most information I will not know until I am in Uganda.
We discuss these things over coffee.
Thank you for putting your trust in me.
I am also putting my trust in you.
And in others.
And in a Power greater than myself.
This is a somewhat risky operation.
One that I take very seriously.
When I do a risk/ benefit analysis,
I have decided that the potential for benefit outweighs the potential for risk.
I certainly am no expert on any of this.
I'm learning as I go.
I appreciate your friendship and help.
Thank you, friends.
There is a real problem -
when some women in the world,
are willing, or more likely forced, to sell their bodies for $1.50 per "client."
For "protected" sex.
Or $3.00 for unprotected sex.
Nine times a day.
Can you even imagine voluntarily putting yourself at risk for HIV or gonorrhea multiple times of day for a piece of bread?
Neither can I.
Forgive me if I'm wrong.
But I don't believe that women, or any human beings, choose this as a first option.
The real problem here is the unfair distribution of wealth in the world.
And the selfish quest for power and pleasure at the expense of others.
This should not be.
I know I'm not going to change the world.
But I will change what I can-
My own attitude and actions.
And it is completely unacceptable to me that other human beings on planet Earth are this desperate.
I will not treat them like criminals.
I will treat them like the trauma survivors that they are.
I will advocate for them.
If I get the chance.
Correction... I have received information that cooking for prisoners may not be allowed due to the fact that "Prison Authorities are in charge of the food to ensure safety of their inmates." Therefore, I am not exactly sure what we will do. Perhaps we will just deliver sugar, like last time - in terms of food. Sugar is allowed. I am waiting for further information. However, so far there has been no response. Some of these conversations will not happen until I am in Uganda, and then we will speak face to face and work something out. I will not go against authority figures in Uganda. I will work along side of them. For the best possible outcome. They have treated me well. And I will work with them.
Thank you to recent anonymous donor! You are championing human rights around the world! Thank you! And keep on keeping on! :)
Thank you Lisa!! And thank you to another donor who sent a check, and wishes to remain anonymous!!
Thank you Kris, Hannah and Marie!!
Thank you so much sweet Bev and Jan!!