Brian Dickerson via Crowdrise
February 25, 2011
Amazima (it means 'truth' in the local dialect) is a small but significant effort in Uganda with the Karamojong people of the Masese community, Uganda's poorest. With 400 children (including a number of orphans) in their sponsorship and assistance program, and with community projects under way, the've tackled some of the most important and difficult of issues. Want to lend a hand? Here's some of their projects.
Each family in the Amazima program will be given a hen. These hens will lay eggs that the families can sell or choose to hatch. They can then sell the chickens or choose to eat them. The families must give their first full grown chicken to a neighbor in the village who has not received a chicken, thus paying back their loan. As long as these chickens are cared for they will provide an opportunity for these families to self-sustain, and depend less on the ministry for provision.
Amazima provides a sponsorship program in which over 400 children take part. $300/year provides a child with school fees, a uniform, two hot meals a day, school supplies, and any minor medical care needed.
As little as $5.00 can provide a child with life saving medication. In the villages Amazima serves, there is little or no adequate health care. Children are dying of easily treatable and preventable illnesses. While Amazima continues to teach the adults in the community basic health care, hygiene and disease prevention, hoping to one day not be needed, children continue to fall sick. Help Amazima save a life!!
The center player in Amazima is a 20 yr old from Tennessee; she's caring for 13 children in her own home while managing the programs various efforts.