Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Corn-Soymeal, Beans & Oil

Yesterday was a glorious day where 115 Kwejuna (HIV positive) mothers came to the World Harvest Mission Community Center to receive food supplements for themselves and their families. This distribution continued right where we left off last year, and if you hadn't known that our previous food supplier, the UN's World Food Program (WFP), has left Bundibugyo, it would not have been evident. With some 100+ corn-soymeal blend bags and 70 containers of cooking oil left over from WFP; the generous support of a couple in my home church in New York City (Redeemer Presbyterian Church) which is enabling us to buy food locally; and the competence of Donato, our Ugandan colleague, who travelled to nearby Kasese (4 hours away) and purchased over 3,000 kilos of beans; we were able to serve our mothers as if it was business as usual. What a joy it was to see these women coming from near and far, babies in tow, defying the stigma attached to those living with HIV here, hauling home food for their families for the next 5 weeks!

"So do not worry, saying 'what shall we eat?'...for... your heavenly Father knows that you need them." Matt 6:31-32.

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