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, March 28, 2010

Scenes from the Bududa landslide

As shown in our last blog, the Bududa landslide buried three villages, killed an estimated 400 people and displaced thousands more. We were finally able to get pictures of the slide area and one of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps which will house 4,300 people until they can be relocated to other areas. No one will be allowed back into the slide area which will be designated a mass grave site by the Government.

Villagers digging; trying to locate to bodies of friends and family members.

Area where boulders were brought down by the slide.

Huts at the edge of the slide area. 100 children in this village were buried where they took shelter in a trading center.

One of the (IDP) camps near the slide area.

Some of our tarps being used to made shelters

The cooking pots being put to good use in the camps.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Church is providing aid to landslide victims in Uganda

300,000 homeless after landslides
Monday, 8th March, 2010

OVER 300,000 people in the Mount Elgon region and the neighbouring lowlands of Butaleja, Budaka and Tororo districts have been displaced following the landslide that devastated Bududa in eastern Uganda last week, the state minister for relief and disaster preparedness, Musa Ecweru, said yesterday, report Taddeo Bwambale and Cecilia Okoth.

Another 500,000 people from the Rwenzori and Kigezi regions in western Uganda are at risk of landslides and floods, the minister added.

We have had an Emergency response Project approved to supply blankets, tarpaulins, cooking pots and soap to the survivors of the landslide who are now displaced into IDP camps until the rainy season ends in May.

Here we are turning supplies over to Musa Ecweru, Uganda's Minister of State for Emergency response and refugees. This is the sixth Emergency response project we have we have been able to do with The Prime Minister's Office.

This time, we are not allowed to go into the area because of unsafe conditions and the risk of disease as the effort to recover more than 350 bodies continues. The supplies are being taken, by the Army, to the camps being set up for the internally displaced persons (IDPs).

As usual, we would not have been able to collect all the necessary supplies without our assistant and Project Monitor, Ssimbwa Busulwa. He is now heading back to Sudan to finalize the borehole drilling there. We only have 12 more days left on our mission and we will sorely miss our dear friend, Ssimbwa. He is an incredible man with a heart of gold who we deeply love and who never gets tired of doing good. It is impossible for us to measure the impact he has had on the Humanitarian work which is being done in Uganda. Luckily for us, he often travels to the U.S. so it will not be, "Good-bye" when we leave...only, "See you soon".

Friday, March 5, 2010

Hundreds Feared Dead in Uganda Landslide

Landslide Engulfs Uganda Villages Killing 86
8:35am UK, Wednesday March 03, 2010
Laura Holmes, Sky News Online
At least 86 people have died and hundreds of people are missing following a landslide in eastern Uganda.

More than 400 people are feared buried in mudslides in Uganda
Entire villages were swept away by the mudslide in the mountainous region of Bududa, which lies at the bottom of Mount Elgon.
The side of the hill began to slide after an intense seven-hour downpour.
The Ugandan Red Cross says hundreds of people are missing.
"Eighty bodies have been recovered and the missing are more than 400 now, after 100 people were reported buried in a trading centre where they had taken shelter," spokeswoman Catherine Ntabadde said.
Ugandan disaster preparedness minister Tarsis Kabwegyere said: "The landslides are expected to continue as the rains intensify in the region."
A government response team has been dispatched to deliver food aid and police volunteers are helping with the rescue operation.
The Red Cross has sent workers to provide medical assistance to those injured by the disaster.
A regional police spokesman warned that the death toll could continue to rise.

"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.