Justine with a friend
This month we received some tremendous good news! You may recall that one of our students, Justine, suffered from a heartbreaking accident in 2007 that has left her with many burns and disfiguring wounds that impede the ability for her body to grow as it should. Justine’s mom had given her a paraffin lamp to light, and unfortunately it caught her dress on fire. The dress was made out of nylon and the fire enveloped her body quickly.
Today, 3 years later, the burns continuously collect water and swell up, and water comes out in a puss-like substance. Justine’s scars have made her skin so tight, that the simple movements like smiling and closing her eyelids have become arduous tasks. Today, however, we are so pleased to report that Justine has finally received a visa to travel to the United States for surgery on April 26th!
Boston Hospital’s Shrine Center has very generously offered to provide these necessary surgeries and follow-up care for little to no charge. She will need several surgeries and will need to stay for a few months to recover. Generous supporters like The Riverside Church in New York have helped make this possible through a generous grant; however, we are still seeking additional support to cover her travel and accommodations while Justine recovers in the US.
With this scheduled surgery, Justine will have the opportunity to renew her life, give back to her community, and use her experiences to improve the lives of other people facing incredible odds in Uganda. We will continue to update you on Justine's status as she recovers. Thank you again for helping us change the life of yet another child. We could not continue our work without the support of people like you.