Jim, Ben and I are flying to Uganda to work alongside the South Sudanese refugees who are displaced because of the civil war raging between tribal factions. Jim will continue to work with indigenous pastors to teach about soil conservation agriculture, and I will have the opportunity to work with some of the women.
For the past couple of years, I've been working with groups of ladies in South Carolina to create washable, reusable sanitary pads for women in foreign communities where there is no running water, electricity, or trash disposal. We make kits with 6 pads included and have been shipping hundreds of the feminine hygiene kits at every opportunity.
Dec. 27 - Jan., 5 I'll get the opportunity to set up mini sewing centers in these remote areas so the women can make their own supplies and make other items they can use and sell to purchase food and medicines. We are planning to purchase some foot-pedal operated sewing machines and train the women how to use them. I'll be taking lots of supplies for them to create the pads themselves.
Jim has developed friendships with several pastors who leading hundreds of refugees. The tribal fighting in South Sudan pauses as they are forced live side-by-side in the camps. The gospel is being preached. Needs are being met.
After Ben and I return home, Jim will stay for a couple more weeks and travel to Kenya and Tanzania to work with more orphanages and schools in getting their gardens and farming going.
Mamamarge would be ecstatic!