Building Latrines.....Building Dignity
Rural outreach can come in many forms but one of our favorite projects has been building latrines for HIV+ mothers and widows in rural areas. It is amazing the dignity that is restored when a family has proper access to sanitation.
You may be asking why a team of American's is necessary to build a latrine. The short answer is...they aren't. But, we believe in relational ministry. We work side by side with our Ugandan partners. A Ugandan foreman and workers are hired to manage the project and do a good percentage of the work prior to the teams arrival...local leaders and pastors assist in the building...and our team joins arms with them sharing the love of Christ with the surrounding community.
What you hear, you forget. What you read, you remember. What you see, you understand. -unknown
There are many rural communities in Uganda that have critical, unmet needs. One of the critical challenges in rural Uganda is healthcare since access to health services is through out of pocket payments. With many people living on less than 1 USD a day, paying for medical care for many of the neglected tropical diseases is almost impossible. Medical camps are therefore a solution for some of the rural poor but they also present us with an opportunity of sharing the gospel with hundreds of people,