Moses update – can we do this?

Dear friends firstly I want to wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR! Do you remember me telling you the story of Moses the elderly disabled man who was discovered living in a terrible state when my friends in Uganda were delivering mosquito nets before Christmas?

Amasa when he first met Moses while delivering mosquito net.

Well on the 22nd January the walls of his old dwelling are being transferred to a plot near relatives where he will be cared for at last after the terrible time he has endured in recent years. BUT I need to raise money for the work and for the materials needed. I have donated £40 from not sending Christmas cards and sending my greetings online instead this year, but would be very grateful for your help please.

For example we need to buy 10 corrugated iron sheets for the roof @ 26,000 each (£5); 30 ‘roof timbers’ at 12,000 (£2.50); as well as nails. cement, etc. If you can help me to give this dear old man a roof over his head then please get in touch with me for how to donate. I will make a point of visiting Moses when I go out to Uganda in July but in the mean time would love to make him more comfortable.

FYI Please scroll down and read the initial blogs about Moses along with the photos. I look forward to your response. X


Thank you TrustGreenbelt for New Latrines for Brain Trust Nursery & Primary School

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and that 2018 is a good year for you and your family. The children and teachers at Brain Trust Nursery & Primary School in Nawanyago are going to have a wonderful surprise when they return to school at the start of the Uganda school year in February as they will have new latrines and a new roof for the school hall which doubles as a community church. I owe a massive thank you to Trust Greenbelt who have awarded a grant for the work.

As soon as I let Innocent, my young friend and ‘project manager’ know the good news about the grant, he got to work organising the building work . The first job was to repair the present latrines and urinals that were in a terrible state, if you remember me mentioning in a blog when I was in Uganda, and as you can see by the photos!

Second was to do a completely new build to provide the girls and female staff with their first ever latrines! Both are now complete and ready for the children returning to school early February. Enjoy the photos and also the short You Tube video

Innocent has now started arranging for the school hall that doubles up as a church for the local community to have a new roof. Watch this space!!

The story of Moses. Very sad but hopefully a happier ending!

From Godfrey: ‘About Moses, we got to hear from him that he met his problem when one day in 1996 as he was coming home from a nearby trading center to buy some food items and other things for home use, some thugs grabbed him and beat him up taking all his shopping and some money, about 30,000 (£50p) he had left from the shopping. The beating was so brutal that he could not walk back home; he with a lot of difficulty crawled home as there was not even a soul to offer help. His limbs had been severely battered that he ended up paralyzed for a long time. He was helpless and for long has been unable to help himself to the toilet. He needed the support of family members who after some time couldn’t probably stand that challenge and so abandoned him in his late father’s house. Unfortunately though, the house he now lives in is on the land that was given to one of his brothers as an inheritance after the death of their father. This then makes it tricky for us to put up a new roof on property that is not his. We were informed by one of his brothers that Moses owns a piece of land as share of the inheritence from his late father and there he could have his own permanet home.  As we we shared our intention and wish to support Moses, the brother Mr Asenge Charles said it would be possible to demolish the current house and make use of the bricks to build another house at Moses’ own land. I challenged him to the task to put up the new walls and we would put the roof. He agreed and a timeline was set. He said by the end of January he would have organised that since he also felt Moses needed to be nearest where he could get easy assistance from his family than when he is by himself in the thicket of the sugar cane plantation. A simple calculation for the roof requirement of a basic shelter over Moses is 10 iron sheets that cost 26,000 ugx  each, roofing timber  20 pieces each at 15,000 ugx  and 10 kilograms of nails at 4,500 ugx each. Labour charges will be negotiated once I get the right carpenter. We will go to see the land and also monitor progress on Mr Asenge’s promise to raise the walls. In a further conversation we were told that Moses was an exellent tailor but because of the trauma that he experienced on the fateful day he can longer do anything to earn a living, he depends on the generosity of some family members and well wishers to live on. He had 2 children but one of them  (girl) passed on. She was the greatest support to her father while she lived but second (boy) doesnt really care. He stays in the capital and never comes home because he had demanded to have Moses’ land and he was not given. He hated his father since then. Briefly that is about Moses. Our resolve to support him shall not be hampered by any negative story told, Amasa and I will follow up on the matter and see that a smile is kept on his face.’

So dear friends do you think we could rise to this challenge and provide the funds for Moses to live in relative comfort? You’ve all given so much already through your mosquito net donations,  but if you can donate just a little more to see that Moses has a roof over his head in a place where he can be looked after this would be so so wonderful and would be a great way to round off this year. The cost is 605,000 Uganda Shillings which at todays exchange rate would be £132 plus maybe another £20 for labour expenses. My hubby and friends must have spent half that on a meal yesterday which really puts things in to perspective! I’m determined to share my Christmas spirit with Moses! Please get in touch if you would like to do this too. THANK YOU!

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Update on Moses via Amasa

In my last post I told you about Moses who Godfrey and his family came across when they were giving out the mosquito nets you had donated. Young Amasa and his sister Abi were deeply affected by the conditions Moses was living in. The very leaky on his tiny home, only one set of rags as clothes and no bed not even a matress to sleep on! Amasa got his dad to drive back again this last weekend (and its a long drive!) so he could give Moses some clothes and his old school matress and as you can see by the photos these simple gifts put a smile on his face. Amasa’s comment on his Facebook page was this ‘God has a way he does his things. A few moments ago this gentleman, Moses Buteraba, was sleeping on hard wood and some funny rugs. But tonight he surely will have his best ever. Non of us knew he was there but God did so people lets put our effort together and help the needy.’ Amasa has given Moses back his dignity, now I hope we can help give him a more comfortable home.

I asked Godfrey to find out a little more about Moses and in the following blog I will share his story.

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Current news! One hundred mosquito nets delivered and a new project!More updates from my latest visit to Uganda soon!

AMAZING! Last weekend one hundred more mosquito nets were delivered to those who really need them in the village of Kitayundwa in Uganda. All thanks to many of you who have been donating since I returned from Uganda in October. Yes AMAZING!

My friend Godfrey Mwase and his children Amasa 18 and Abi 15 delivered the nets this last weekend to the village of Kitayudwa in Uganda. Amasa wrote this touching message on Facebook: ‘Love is the driving force in all things we do. giving is one thing and blessing is another. thanx to Gerry Hambridge & friends many lives have been saved from malaria. Thanx to dad and abi too plus jajja for the big hand. lets build uganda together.’

Godfrey shared with me the conditions some members of the community were living in and this one stood out: ‘This was one of the most captivating visit. The old man is called Moses who had mental problem but can communicate quite well. He speaks very good English and from his story he must have had a good education. Well he lives by himself in a small hut that is hidden in a thick sugar cane plantation. He cannot walk but he looks after himself in a way you can’t understand. He doesn’t have a  bed or mattress. He had some rugs that he uses as a bed and that is where we hung his donated Net. Amasa felt so touched about this situation and decided to bring his old school mattress and a blanket to Moses on the next visit. I was impressed by the kind of experience the children had while we did the deliveries. How they felt they needed to help and share their love in the community was so touching. They have asked to take most of the  things we don’t use in the house to give out again this Christmas. We shall do that as we saw the need in the village.’ ………….I think I can feel a small project coming on…..a new roof for Moses!

Thanks for continuing to help out with my Uganda projects. Lots done but still lots to do…….and I love it!!

Have a lovely Christmas and a fun filled new year 2017. The mosquito nets were a wonderful Christmas gift for these people!

Love and hugs to you all.