The Angel Projects of America is very happy to announce the launch of a new project that will improve the quality of life of the women we work with in Uganda. This project is called the Saving Grace Project, and it will focus on meeting the medical needs of the women and children in Rubuguri and the surrounding areas. We will be building a first-aid station this August, and a registered nurse from the U.S. will be traveling to Uganda with us to teach first-aid techniques to our Ugandan staff members. This nurse will also be holding seminars for the local women, and she will be teaching first-aid to young girls who are finishing high school and want to go into nursing. We are so excited to be bringing this important project to an area where a simple scrape can become a life or death situation.
Another component of the Saving Grace Project, which we have already put into motion, focuses on helping the elderly members of the community. In Uganda, the villagers we work with don't have retirement plans, Social Security, or any aid from the government. Many of them don't even have support from their own families. We have begun the process of bringing new bedding, clothing, cooking supplies, soap, and other necessities to these elderly people who have no other means of support. We're also working on planting kitchen gardens at their homesteads so that they'll have fresh fruits and vegetables to aid in their nutrition. Once the medical portion of the Saving Grace project is up and running, we'll also be able to provide medical care to the elderly in their homes; they have nothing like Medicare, of course, and it's difficult for some of them to make the journey to the local clinic, which is understaffed and underfunded anyway. We're thrilled to be bringing this support to the elderly members of the communities surrounding the Rubuguri area; Joy, one of the ladies we care for, became so happy upon receiving her bedding and supplies that she started to sing and dance. This project is already making a huge difference!
Because of all the additional work that is needed to support the Saving Grace Project, we hired a new Ugandan staff member to manage this new project. Morrene has been a blessing to our organization; she lives locally and loves working with children and the elderly. Morrene was raised by her grandparents, who cared for her with love until her wedding day and who continue to support Morrene and her husband with sage advice. This is why Morrene has such a passion, respect, and love for the elderly, and she wants to give back to her community. Morrene has been traveling all throughout the local area to bring new bedding and clothing to the elderly; she even cooks for them and bathes them. She has also been helping with the planting of the kitchen gardens. Morrene is working so hard as the manager of the Saving Grace Project, and we have been very happy to welcome her to our team.