Having our feet on the ground here in Uganda has provided countless opportunities to reach out and help. The degree of poverty, violence and corruption here is among the most challenging in the world.
When we first arrived as missionaries, it was suggested that we not offer financial or material support because of concerns that people would flock to the Church for a handout, or perhaps join for welfare purposes. Gradually we discovered ways to help that were discreet and not simply charity. We have found that we can help people become self-reliant by offering the kind of assistance that puts them to work in their own business, get married, or get education. There are some who have taken advantage, but for the most part, we feel very good about the results.
We call our efforts Help from Nexdor, closing the gap between Uganda and our friends in the U.S. who have stepped forward to help. We created an accounting system, like a check register, to track donations and how monies are used. In most cases we keep the donor anonymous so the recipient does not contact them for unnecessary help, and so they can feel good about a secret act of kindness.
Here is a collection of projects that donors have sponsored. Many other projects could not be shown for privacy reasons.
The feature image at the top shows how a family is set up in business making and selling American pancakes. We’ve done this for two families so far. The pancake is rolled and sold on the street . It is very unique here, and the customers love them even without syrup or other condiments.