We continue to slowly make progress on the necessary improvements to the Jinja land. We are taking the time now to make sure that the needed infrastructure items are in place. This will help things go more smoothly when actual home construction begins. We are still hoping that we will be able to begin home construction later this year.
During April and May workers constructed a dirt access road to the property from the side of the property. This will provide better access than the existing road which is at the bottom of the property and requires a longer walk on foot to reach the property compared to the new road. A lorry truck needs to bring some truckloads of dirt to improve the road dug by the grader. However, this cannot be done until the Uganda Road Authority completes its widening of the main road nearby. This is espected to be done within the next month. In additon, we made progress on securing electircity to the property and should have more news on that in our next report.
We arrived in Uganda in early July and will be meeting with the architect as well as potential builders during that time. We've included two photos of our visit to the property today to see the new graded road access near the top of the hill on the left. Anna, Catherine and Pauline from the women's group were happy for our volunteer, Kirsten, to accompany us.
Later in the afternoon, we visited several of the ladies' existing homes in the slums. Kirsten was quite dismayed to see their living conditions. One woman, Grace, was living in one rented 10 x 10 foot room with her husband and six children.
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Frede is a long-time member of our women's group who make beaded craft products that we market in the United States. Over ten years ago, she chose her son Vincent, to be part of our child sponsorship program. Recently, Vincent graduated from the university with a degree in Human Resources.
In spite of this achievement of having a university graduate in her family, Frede and the family are still stuck in the slums of Jinja. Land is so expensive and so scarce within the Jinja urban area, that there is no way Frede can escape from the slums without someone to help her.
She has been saving some of her bead earnings as well as other earnings from her business since late 2012 so that she can use the money as a down payment on a home as part of our women's home ownership program.
Your support and generosity continues to help women like Freda be able to achieve their dream of having their own special home and moving out of the slums forever. We hope to start building the first phase of homes later this year. In the meantime, we continue to work diligently on road access to the property as well as seeking the best source of power for the homes to be built.
Jinja Women Make Ornaments to Help Raise Home Building Funds Too
By Carol Davis | President
Would you like to buy ornaments from Margaret?
During this past rainy season which should be ending soon, our Jinja women have been busy making ornaments. Outreach Uganda sells these ornaments in the U.S. to help earn monies for the home building program.
As is the case with most of our programs, we do not believe in handouts but want to partner with those where we work. For our home building program, this means not all monies will come from donations. The women themselves have been saving since 2012 and have been making beautiful holiday ornaments since 2013 to help provide funds for home building.
We admire their dedication and their persistence at continuing to work towards their long-term goal to have their own home and be able to move out of the slums. While we continue to raise money through this project on Globalgiving and through other outside donations, the women continue their efforts too!
Thanks for your continued donations, patience and dedication towards our home building project to help women have homes! The attached photo shows Margaret, our office attendant, with one of the ornaments she has made. If you know anyone who would like to buy ornaments this holiday season, please contact us.
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