Map of Uganda

Map of Uganda
The Uganda Kampala Mission includes Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi and Southern Sudan. Our assignment covers all the areas except Ethiopia.

Sunday, June 28, 2009


We have just completed the process of organizing the Neo-natal resuscitation project which will take place in Rwanda in January 2010. Dr.Petty, an anesthesiologist, and his wife came from Cedar City, Utah to get things organized. For short-term specialist in their 70s, they were a couple of fireballs. There were a number of obstacles to overcome when we first went to Rwanda. We visited the office of the UNHCR in Kigali and found that the woman in charge had previously worked on a NRT program in Angola with the Pettys. She spent some time making phone calls to friends in the government and by noon all of the necessary doors had been opened for meetings with the Minister of Health, the U.S. Embassy,USAID and the necessary hospitals.

Art and Dr. Petty meeting, at the University Hospital in Kigali, with the Chief of Obstetrics and the hospital's pediatrician.

We found this though provoking poster in the office of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. It was especially meaningful to us after our experiences in Southern Sudan and the refugee camps in Uganda.

Elaine with the Chief of Nursing for the Ministry of Health and one of the Head Instructors for the School of Nursing in Kigali.

There are many reminders in Rwanda of the 1994 genocide. This is the Parliament building in Kigali where the last battle was fought at the end of the genocide. Note the bullet marks around the top walls of the building.

While we were there, we also made arrangements with the UNHCR to go with them in September to the refugee camps in Rwanda to help distribute the shipment of 11 relief containers the Church is sending from Salt Lake City. There are currently 53,000 refugees from the DR Congo in three camps in Rwanda.


When we returned to Uganda the Church participated with the World Health Organization in a measles and polio inoculation program which vaccinated 5.5 million children, below the age of five, throughout the country. Members acted as volunteers at some of the 1500 vaccination posts (including those under trees).

The full time missionaries helped cheer up the kids and got to practice their Lugandan language skills.

Elaine, of course, brought her usual supply of balloons and candy.

There are many misconceptions and superstitions in Uganda about vaccinations. Sometimes the volunteers had to go house to house encouraging the parents to bring the children for shots.

Here a member of our Branch in Mengo comforts a little girl after "the big event".

We went to check on one of the orphanages to see if they had received the vaccinations and ran into a girl's soccer team from Provo, Utah. They were in Uganda teaching girls to play soccer. Here it is exclusively a boy's sport.It was quite a surprise meeting them. They were travelling around Uganda for two weeks doing clinics.

By the end of the four day drive, 520 of the members of the Church in Kampala and Jinja donated a total of 7,150 hours at the schools and vaccination stations. We had an interesting experience with the 27 members of our Mengo Branch who worked a total of 970 hours. On the first day, the Red Cross van took them 6 miles out to various stations in a very depressed area of the city and left them with the promise that they would be back. Unfortunately, they did not go back to pick them up after dark. None of them had the 50 cents necessary to ride a Boda-Boda home. They did have cell phones, so they met up and walked the 6 miles home, arriving at 10:30 P.M. The next day at church they told us that they had been "disappointed" by the way they were left by the Red Cross but that what they were doing was important for the children. That afternoon and the next day they all went back to the same area to continue working. We gave them money for transport in case they were left again. The Ugandans are kind-hearted people who share with others regardless of how little they have themselves. We are always touched by their kindness.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony....almost!

The villagers are all gathered for the ribbon cutting ceremony to lauch the pineapple project, the cameras are rolling, the scissors are sharpened....razor sharp! As they say; the rest is history. At least we didn't have to listen to long boring speeches. (It takes a minute to load)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Humanitarian Projects in Rwanda

We will be in Rwanda again next week for six days to help get details worked out for the neo-natal resuscitation training program that the Church will conduct in November. Physicians and nurses from the United States will come to conduct training classes for the medical personnel in Rwanda. In all, 200 physicians, nurses and nurse midwives will receive the training. During this trip we will meet with Rwanda’s Minister of Health and other government officials to solicit their approval and support for the program.

While there, we will visit the refugee camp where there are 53,000 refugees from the war in the DR Congo. The Church is sending 10 containers of emergency supplies which should arrive in the next 30 days. We will go back then to assist with the distribution. This trip we are there to just assess logistics and the areas of greatest need.

"Everything must have a beginning"

"Everything must have a beginning"
Children at an orphanage in Entebbe, Uganda. There are so many children here it is incredible; there are orphans everywhere. The people take them in and it is not unusual to see families struggling with 8-10 children. We talked to a woman yesterday who has taken in twelve children. She said, "sometimes I feel sad that I cannot do more, but everything must have a beginning". We have decided to use that as our personal reminder to guide our actions here as we try to help.