Life is so often whittled down to the mathematics of a situation. You did not get the promotion at work because Mr So-And-So has more years of experience. Or looking at auctions [...] the highest bidder wins. Of course, numbers can make it easier to make a decision, from things as large as buying a house to determining how many pieces of pizza each child gets before the inevitable eruption of "That’s not fair he has more!" Numbers, or at least understanding quantity, is an important way for higher-order sentient life to understand the world. Many animals use properties of quantity and numbers. So, what does this have to do with Uganda?
Since we as humans are so sensitive to the bottom-line of a situation, and we are in a situation right now, where days count, we are just going to get down to the numbers and what they mean to people in Uganda. Right now, Uganda is experiencing challenging lock-down conditions because of COVID-19. The most vulnerable people cannot get medicine or food, and people are beginning to starve. Families often cannot reach work or find work when public transportation is shut down, or trade is not occurring. They are not just hungry; they are beginning to starve. Other people are dying because of the inability to reach medical care and have begun ineffectually dosing themselves with herbs that won't work in the case of this illness. The Orthodox Christian Youth Network of Uganda [OCYNU] has been tirelessly organizing a task force comprised of Ugandans who will deliver food to about 700 vulnerable people. In trying to help those around them, they are truly living out the command to remember the "least of these."
Orthodox Africa works alongside OCYNU regularly in ministry and sustainability. We urgently ask you to consider giving to the task force. As someone on our team so aptly and bluntly said, if people are dying from hunger, there is no point in working on sustainable enterprises. Desperate times often call for extreme measures, and this is one of those times. Make no mistake, the Ugandan people are in dire straits right now!
From the Orthodox Christian Youth Network of Uganda’s President: Charles Mugulusi:
“OCYNU will be officially kicking off an exercise that will provide food relief to vulnerable Orthodox [Christian] youth in Kampala, Jinja, Fort Portal, Kumi, Nakabaale, Luweero, and Wakiso affected by the coronavirus Lockdown, on 12/07/2021. (July 12th) ed. The focus will be ensuring that the vulnerable youth, elderly, orphans, sick, and those who live hand to mouth but were affected by the Lockdown are taken into account. According to the program, each person will be given 5kg of maize flour, 3kg of beans, and a washable mask."
This may not seem like a lot of food. And compared to what most of us in the developed world eat, however, it is not. This amount of food will supply 1 person for 42 days [6 weeks] about 1.5 months. What is the cost of this? The answer is only $20.00 per person. You might be thinking to yourself…twenty-dollars is enough for the forty-two-day worth of food? Yes, this is the actual reality! Here is where the numbers come into sharp focus.
- For $20.00, you can feed 1 vulnerable person in need for 1.5 months.
- For $100.00, you can feed 5 vulnerable people for 1.5 months.
- For $500.00, you can feed 25 vulnerable people for 1.5 months.
- For $1000.00, you can feed 50 precious people for 1.5 months.
- For $2000.00, you can feed 100! Yes, 100 of your brothers and sisters for 1.5 months.
Seeing the numbers makes a big difference. Our Orthodox Christian family in Uganda is hungry. Here at Orthodox Africa; we say let's set some more plates and make sure they can eat too! Thank you for giving whatever you can to help your Orthodox Christian family in Uganda receives their daily bread! You can donate through Orthodox Africa via our website www.orthodoxafrica.org or on our Facebook Page, and we will take care of making sure it is sent directly to OCYNU. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
When donating, please mark your donation for the OCYNU and or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org so we know what your donation is for. You can also visit OCYNU's Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/OCYNU/ for more information about their organization.
Since joining Orthodox Africa in the Fall, the leadership, teachers, students and parishioners at St. John Chrysostom School and Annunciation of the Theotokos Parish in Nakyaka, Uganda has been very busy! In October, a second Straight Interlocking Stabilized Soil Block (ISSB) press machine was purchased with donations from Orthodox Africa supporters. This machine allows straight bricks to be made for straight wall construction. The first ISBB machine, which makes curved bricks, expands the ability to construct various types of things. Here you see the output of the ISSB curve block press machine being used to make a second rainwater harvesting tank. Notice the student’s desks being used as stools on which to stand! Those were handmade. Ingenuity and craftsmanship are used to full advantage in the school and church.