Uganda Prison Fund

$4,170 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 64 people in 2 months
Laurie Rakestraw Farrand  OSSEO, MN
It starts with a dream...

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,
no worries.

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
 and beans.

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.

Therefore,
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.

and 

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.
Decrease fear.
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.
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Update 37
Posted by Laurie Rakestraw Farrand
38 mins ago
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Women and children in prison in Uganda. We will visit them with food, sanitary and hygiene items, baby diapers, bottles, blankets, mosquito nets, clothing and formula.
Women & children in prison. Photo from google images.
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Update 36
Posted by Laurie Rakestraw Farrand
15 hours ago
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This just in....

We hope to "identify approximately 15 beneficiaries that can gain skills after release from prison.
Conduct a training on bakery for _____ village and soap/ liquid soap making...
which was the request from _____ , for _____ prison we are yet to find out which lasting intervention we shall have.

Then we will get some posho and beans (at least 2 bags each) and distribute to women and children in the church we will be visiting.
Which we didn't budget for.

But there is a dire famine right now.
Doing that would really make our visit very memorable and worthwhile and meaningful.

We also want to buy some 20 goats, so that you and I will flag off a goat sharing project for the most vulnerable children and elderly in _____ village.
We are identifying 20 beneficiaries for a start.

We want to raise a self-sustaining young generation and support the very elderly.
I will tell you more about the goat sharing when you come...
But in brief, we will give female goats to each beneficiary.
When it gives birth, the next person is able to share with the next beneficiary.
And the cycle goes on.
We will work to make everything beautiful.
Women are excited to see you."

Oh my goodness.
This sounds incredibly exciting.
And expensive.
We will see what the future holds.
Thank you friends.

Uganda has absorbed and opened their borders to many refugees fleeing famine and violence from South Sudan.
Uganda has already suffered one blow after another.
And yet here they are, reaching out to others.
"Uganda is at the breaking point."

The famine is severe.
Any donations will be greatly appreciated.

Ugandans are smart and caring, resourceful people.
They know what to do.
All they need is resources.

Thank you much!
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Update 35
Posted by Laurie Rakestraw Farrand
15 hours ago
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Most of the money here has been wired to,
and received by appropriate recipients.
For 2 reasons -

1. Farmers and villagers, everyone is busy preparing for a feast.

2. We won't be carrying much money with us.
Hence the decreased risk for kidnapping.
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Update 34
Posted by Laurie Rakestraw Farrand
3 days ago
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Thank you so much everyone!!
We are so close to the goal!

If you have considered a donation,
but aren't quite sure yet,
please allow me to advocate for women.

I have been invited to an "empowering women" conference in a certain village.
This is not something I have arranged or thought up.
This has been organized by Ugandans for Ugandans,
and my presence has been requested.

Women all around the world are often caught in the "Power and Control" wheel.
Where they are either mentally, physically, or financially trapped in abusive relationships.
But they stay due to the power and control held over them.
I can't fix every problem.

But wouldn't it be amazing,
to set even one woman free?
One woman in her own personal prison?
Who will endure anything for food for her children?

I have a certain suspicion that some of these women are just a few dollars away from being able to start their own businesses.

My heart is already with them.

I would appreciate any funds in the next few days.

But don't hesitate to keep on giving after that.
Because I have a sneaking suspicion that this journey is not soon to be over.

Thank you so much friends!

And if you can't give financially,
please send all of your prayers and good wishes to these Sweet Ones.
Thank you!!
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Laurie Rakestraw Farrand
2 months ago
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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.

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Laurie Rakestraw Farrand
1 month ago

Thank you to recent anonymous donor! You are championing human rights around the world! Thank you! And keep on keeping on! :)

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Laurie Rakestraw Farrand
2 months ago

Thank you Lisa!! And thank you to another donor who sent a check, and wishes to remain anonymous!!

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Laurie Rakestraw Farrand
2 months ago

Thank you Kris, Hannah and Marie!!

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Laurie Rakestraw Farrand
2 months ago

Thank you so much sweet Bev and Jan!!

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$4,170 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 64 people in 2 months
Created February 15, 2017
Laurie Rakestraw Farrand  
BH
$200
Brenda Howe
19 mins ago
$50
Anonymous
15 hours ago
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$75
Stephanie Page
21 hours ago
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KE
$20
Kara Erikson
1 day ago (Offline Donation)
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JK
$25
JoAnn Kohls
2 days ago (Offline Donation)
1
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$100
Anonymous
2 days ago (Offline Donation)
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$50
Anonymous
4 days ago
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$40
Anonymous
4 days ago
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$25
Anonymous
4 days ago
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CH
$25
Christina Hindman
5 days ago (Offline Donation)
1
1
Laurie Rakestraw Farrand
2 months ago
1
1

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.

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Laurie Rakestraw Farrand
1 month ago

Thank you to recent anonymous donor! You are championing human rights around the world! Thank you! And keep on keeping on! :)

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Laurie Rakestraw Farrand
2 months ago

Thank you Lisa!! And thank you to another donor who sent a check, and wishes to remain anonymous!!

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Laurie Rakestraw Farrand
2 months ago

Thank you Kris, Hannah and Marie!!

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Laurie Rakestraw Farrand
2 months ago

Thank you so much sweet Bev and Jan!!

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