On Wednesday, we shared stories of what life has been like over the last year for Namulawa, Beatrice, and Florence – members of our Ugandan ROWAN community. Today, we want to share some year-end thoughts from Robina and Anet.
Robina shared that 2021 was a ‘unique experience in my life, the family, and the community at large.” She felt a great deal of fear about the COVID virus and all the unknowns surrounding it. Robina wrote that COVID lockdowns imposed by the Ugandan government caused her business to come to a standstill, making it impossible to purchase basic necessities for her family.
Anet shared that she struggles with increasing poverty due to COVID lockdowns. She also worries greatly about the children, especially the teenage girls, who were sent home due to school closures. Anet wrote that she hopes that schools reopen soon and that when they do, they will have special programs to help the children get back into life as they knew it before the pandemic.
Like Namulawa, Beatrice, and Florence, Robina and Anet shared their gratitude for the help they and their families have received from ROWAN throughout the last year. Both women wrote of the difference ROWAN’s provision of food, safety equipment, and other necessities made for their families. They also shared their thanks for ROWAN’s educational materials, virus education, and counseling services. Each time ROWAN was able to step in and help, it gave Robina, Anet, and their families hope, a much-needed commodity in times of struggle.
This Christmas season, ROWAN has chosen hope as our focus. Our Blessing Basket campaign is all about giving hope to our Ugandan families. Hope in the form of having their immediate needs met with food and educational materials and hope for the future in the form of seeds to plant. Once planted, these seeds will become crops that can help each family start 2022 on more solid ground.
We are so excited and grateful to say that we are now over halfway to our Blessing Baskets campaign goal! Our goal is to provide 400 families with a Blessing Basket and, as of this post, we have received enough donations for 230 baskets! If you are interested in purchasing a Blessing Basket or learning more about this campaign, click here.
Thank you to all those who have donated to our Blessing Basket campaign! You are hope-makers! In a world that can feel cold and lonely, you are spreading love – one act of hope at a time.