In the past six months alone, Just Like My Child’s community outreach clinic has saved over 240 lives from the devastating affects of malaria. Of the 240 lives saved, 86 were children and 6 were pregnant women.
Because of the AIDS epidemic in Uganda, a generation has gone missing. It’s not uncommon to see elderly women caring for flocks of children who were left orphaned by this deadly disease. A 70-year-old woman who had five children of her own can be left to care for up to 12 of her children’s children. To say that grandmothers are essential in Uganda is an understatement. That’s one of the reasons why our Project Keep a Mother Alive conducts health clinics in communities where grandmothers like Nadine (see below) don’t have the resources, time or energy to visit a health center.
After this first round of training, I can gladly say that JLMC has been able to turn around a somewhat doubtful future for teenage girls in a very remote area of Uganda. These girls now have a potentially brighter future since they feel more empowered to believe in themselves and their ability to reach their fullest potential.
As many of you may know, Debbie Ford – beloved author, transformational speaker, and founder of The Collective Heart –passed away Sunday night in the company of her family. After a nearly two decade-long battle with cancer, Debbie was ready for life’s next adventure.
Just Like My Child Foundation is so thankful that Mary Otieno was able to come all the way to Uganda to participate in our Camp Girl Power! It was an absolute joy to have her and we are grateful for her reflections and ideas for ways to make next year’s camp even more successful. Her panel discussion was so insightful, and we believe the girls got a great deal out of it! We look forward to continuing to collaborate with her as she implements girl power initiatives in Kenya. Follow this link to learn more about her organization, ‘The Women’s Initiative in Education’.