BLOOM Uganda Girls’ Dorm + Emergency shelter

 

COVID-19 URGENT NEED

CONSTRUCTION HAS BEGUN ON THE UGANDA GIRLS’ DORM + EMERGENCY SHELTER!
 
Read about an inspiring story of community and hope.
 
Our newest project, the girls’ emergency shelter in Uganda, provides a refuge for young girls displaced due to loss and abuse as a result of Covid-19. Uganda has seen an exponential increase of trafficking, sexual abuse and other forms of exploitation of children since March 2020. With the closure of institutions, boarding schools and loss of relatives to illness and starvation, girls are particularly vulnerable to such abuse. 
 
When some of the members of the local community found out from Dove School leaders about the severity of the situation for many of the girls and young women in their own community who were suffering, they took action. They knew there needed to be a separate shelter for the girls, as they were simply not safe in the emergency foster homes (and even sadly in their own extended family homes).  Some of the local men started volunteering making bricks and digging the foundation. They used what they had: clay, sticks, and hand-made tools they made using the land. Eventually, half a dozen came to help however they could, even if they had no money to contribute. They offered their manpower and to work hand in hand with each other to help these sweet children. Some men and women brought firewood to help with cooking, some brought water from the stream to quench the workers’ thirst (and to help make the concrete slab), and some brought beans and helped feed the workers. We were brought to tears by this story of a community rising up together, and truly acting as the hands and feet of Jesus to serve children. It takes a community to take care of each other.
 
Perhaps the greatest ministry is that they (and we) all see what God is doing, and it encourages them to draw closer to God when they see His work and blessings first hand. We are humbled to be a part of what God is doing in Mukono, Uganda.
 
  • In the past 7 months since the Covid-19 lockdown, more than 21,000 cases of abuse were reported by young girls in Uganda. And that’s just the REPORTED cases. We all know the truth is that many, perhaps even most cases of abuse are never reported due to fear of safety, stigmatization and hopelessness that nothing will be done anyway to obtain safety and justice for those abused.
  • The Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion in Uganda asked us and our partners, Daniel and Erica Kaggwa, who run the Dove School in Mukono to stand in the gap for as many of these children as we can. The Dove School’s reputation precedes it as one of the most impactful and influential community-building Christian projects in the greater Kampala-Mukono area, which is why the Ugandan government came directly to them for support.
  • The emergency shelter will house 28 girls to start, complying with social distancing measures. It will be fully equipped to house over 50 girls at full capacity. 
 
We aim to complete construction by February 2021. Check out the photos below to see the progress that’s already been made! We’ll add more photos every 2 weeks as construction continues.
 
 
 
Eventually, when Covid-19 restrictions have lifted, the emergency shelter will become a girls-only dorm for the Dove School!
 
We have $20,000 in funding already secured, and $10,000 has already been spent to accomplish what you see in these photos. We are seeking $20,000 more to complete and continue running the project through Spring 2021. We still need solar power, plumbing, and furnishings, plus female staff members/house moms to care for the girls 24/7. Funding after Spring 2021 will be re-budgeted after first quarter next year.
 
Our EIN is 45-4292119 and you may give to this project by emailing aprilw@bloomworldwide.org or clicking below.