30,000 families to be taken from despair to hope by 2016
Namwandu Nakabale – a remarkable 63 year-old Ugandan grandmother, suddenly had to face the prospect of caring for her three young grandchildren after both her son and daughter-in-law died.
With no income to feed, clothe or educate any of her grandchildren, Namwandu felt desperate and close to suicide. When volunteers from the local church, supported by Samaritan’s Purse, heard of her plight they helped to provide uniforms and the fees needed to send her grandchildren to school.
But it didn’t stop there. With her grandchildren now at school, Namwandu has been able to develop an amazing garden where she’s now able to grow crops to feed her family. And with the money she’s saving through the savings group at church, she’s planning to start a business to give her grandchildren a future they could never have dreamed of having.
12-year-old Esther Nakulele lost both her parents and was then separated from her two younger siblings, who were sent to live with her aunt.
When Esther moved in with her grandmother in central Uganda, she longed to attend the local school. But her grandmother could not afford the fees.
Then some local church volunteers, trained by Samaritan’s Purse UK to support vulnerable families, met with Esther and her grandmother. They prayed and shared the Word of God with them.
They also renovated Esther’s grandmother’s house and planted vegetables so they could eat their own harvest. Shortly afterwards, Esther was able to attend school thanks to the church’s gift of school fees and materials.
This is all thanks to the launch of a ground-breaking initiative called Raising Families through which Samaritan’s Purse UK plans to help 30,000 more families like that of Namwandu’s and Esther’s over the next three years.
With the World Bank reporting that there are 1.3 billion people on the planet living on less than £1 a day, Samaritan’s Purse UK is responding to this desperate need by expanding its existing work in bringing hope and a future to vulnerable children and families in some of the neediest countries of the world.
Samaritan’s Purse UK Executive Director, Simon Barrington said:
“With families in some of the poorest and hardest to reach parts of the world trapped in a cycle of extreme poverty, this is the time for us to work together with them, through local churches, to give vulnerable children and families a future.
‘Healthy and loving families provide many of the essential building blocks for a strong and stable society. But in the world’s poorest countries too many families feel powerless, under constant threat from disease, malnutrition, poor housing and the problems caused by a lack of education and a regular income.”
Raising Families builds on over 15 years of experience, working through local churches to provide families with access to healthcare, education, nutritious food, housing and other resources to help build sustainable livelihoods, breaking the debilitating cycle of poverty.
Through Raising Families, for as little as £10 a month, families like Namwandu’s and Esther’s, who are currently living hand-to-mouth, can start living with genuine hope for tomorrow. Children in school, enough food to eat, access to healthcare, a safe and loving home and a source of income. This is the kind of transformation that Samaritan’s Purse wants to see, working through the local church, for vulnerable children and their families in the poorest parts of the world.
Chris Blackham, Samaritan’s Purse UK Head of Programmes and Projects, added:
“Through Raising Families, families in the UK have an opportunity to play an active and necessary part in the miracle of transformation that is now taking place among families in the poorest parts of the world. From Kyrgyzstan to Kenya, from Liberia to Rwanda, from Swaziland to Uganda.
“Over the next three years, we seek to see 30,000 families go from a point of despair and destitution to real hope and a sustainable future. We hope that many will join us on this exciting and essential journey and make a real difference to a family that really needs something different to change their future forever.”
Over the coming weeks and months, Samaritan’s Purse UK will be launching a number of significant initiatives for individuals and organisations, from all walks of life, to participate in Raising Families.
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