OEG146 Self-reliant widows, orphans and disabled people
In Bubulo, a town in eastern Uganda, Shalom Christian Ministries International, together with the local church, has started a project to support widows, orphans and disabled people in obtaining a sustainable income. This group has to beg for money and food. That's painful and their self-esteem is low. That is why Shalom wants to help these vulnerable people with education, work and good health so that they become strong and independent.
why this project?
To go from begging to working, requires a change in attitude. Economic skills give self-confidence. This can be achieved through education and helping to invest in productive activities such as dairy farming, poultry farming, agriculture, fruit and vegetable cultivation. In addition to this practical guidance, widows, orphans and disabled people are taught the basic values of the Christian faith and to rely on God.
Project leader Joseph Wanda worked for years in the agricultural sector himself and is involved in churches as a youth leader to introduce young people to Christ. He works with a team of people, each with their own specialty in the field of agriculture, business management and (mental) health care. When people can earn their own income, living conditions will improve and they have access to good care.
what can we learn?
Members of the local Church are involved in this project to seek contact with these vulnerable people and to help them practically. Because of the interconnections that arise, there is room to share the gospel with them. This mutual community gives them, in addition to practical help, new hope and confidence in God and people.