The first Q & A “interview” of our trip began with “V.” V lives in the house closest to our school and community center. As I mentioned in our previous blog, we were asking a series of questions about Christmas, none of which we expected to evoke such heartbreaking responses.
We asked V. “If you could have any gift in the world, no matter the cost, what would you choose?” She said, “Love.”
I celebrated, because as many of you know, the word ‘rukundo’ means love. But V wasn’t done yet. She went on to explain that many women in her village never experience love. She explained that her husband comes home drunk daily, abuses her, and never shows her any love. She said that on Christmas, her one wish would be for her husband to love her, and that they would enjoy the day together.
Women in Kabale don’t have the same resources we have in America. It’s not easy for them, culturally or practically, to leave an unhealthy relationship. But there is hope.
Our Women’s group, facilitated through our community center with a reputable local partner, will cater to women in this village just like V. We will train these women to earn a sustainable income so that they do not have to depend on their husbands. We will help them be able to afford to send their children to school (including uniforms and shoes), and have food and basic necessities for their families. However, the next step for this to happen is to build a fence around our compound, which I know we can do with your generous support.
I don’t know if my heart can take more of these answers, but I know deep down that I will have to bear more stories, and share in more heartbreak. After just two short sessions, it has become evident just how vitally important and necessary the services we are offering will be to this community. I will not stop until I help as many of these people as possible, in partnership with the One who makes it all possible. Though this is the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but I thank God He made me for this ministry. Help us bring hope to women like V through our community center and donate today: Help Us Fence Our School.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”