Help from Nexdor

Help from Nexdor

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.

Hoes for people to dig in their garden and sell produce in the open market.

Hoes for people to dig in their garden and sell produce in the open market.

Help couples who co-habit get married in the Church so they no longer risk family interference.

Help couples who co-habit get married in the Church so they no longer risk family interference.

Two happy couples.

Two happy couples.

We've traveled to meet with families to negotiate permission to marry.

We’ve traveled to meet with families to negotiate permission to marry.

Teaching how to make American Spudnuts (donuts) to sell.

Teaching how to make American Spudnuts (donuts) to sell.

Counting 70 donuts per batch.

Counting 70 donuts per batch.

Frying the donuts.

Frying the donuts.

Finished product ready to sell.

Finished product ready to sell.

Forty orphans from war, HIV/Aids or abandonment. These kids can dance!

Forty orphans from war, HIV/Aids or abandonment. These kids can dance!

School class at the orphanage. Donors plan to help with floors soon.

School class at the orphanage. Donors plan to help with floors soon.

Here' s how the orphans sleep. 15 to a room with 7 beds. The rest are on the dirt floor. We plan to fix this hazard very soon.

Here’ s how the orphans sleep. 15 to a room with 7 beds. The rest are on the dirt floor. We plan to fix this hazard very soon.

Sharing food with the orphans.

Sharing food with the orphans.

We sometimes assist with the burial of a loved one. This casket costs $20 U.S.

We sometimes assist with the burial of a loved one. This casket costs $20 U.S.

This is Cosmas Obedmoth who lost his hands in an accident. See his story here.

This is Cosmas Obedmoth who lost his hands in an accident. See his story here.

Missing hands due to an industrial accident. The employer bribed the government to be released from all responsibility.

Missing hands due to an industrial accident. The employer bribed the government to be released from all responsibility.

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