Other Ways to Support
Food prices in Uganda are continuously fluctuating. Uganda has been experiencing lower rainfall averages causing a regional drought that often drives food prices. This drought is even more severe is nations north of Uganda, such as in Sudan. Over the past few years, famine and political upheaval have caused millions of starving and war weary South Sudanese to pour into Uganda from the north, seeking refuge, and further stressing the resources in Uganda.
Although we can’t solve these larger issues, we can help Rock of Ages School (ROA) students and their families. According to the Director of ROA, Betty Wasswa, many students are getting their only meal a day at school. We have to ensure ROA has the resources to continue to provide that meal, adding as much nutritional value as possible. With increased food prices we often need additional funding to offset the costs of school lunches. In addition, we hope to continue to provide lunch throughout semester breaks in order to guarantee that the students are receiving at least one meal each day even when not in school.
While each student is able to visit the nearby health clinic at any time, accidents requiring a higher level of medical attention do happen including broken limbs, cuts needing stitches, etc. Prolonged medical treatment is also necessary when accidents such as third degree burns from hot water, spilled as it's boiling over an open charcoal fire (a common cooking practice in Uganda) occurs. Additionally, malaria is very common in Uganda and many of the students suffer regularly from this infectious disease. Your donation will ensure that when these disasters hit, students are fully covered.
Bless A Family
Sometimes families need a little more assistance than what is provided though the sponsorship of their child. The loss of a parent, a grandmother who is caring for eight children, these are common occurrences in the lives of Rock of Ages School (ROA) students. The Director of ROA, Betty Wasswa, does a phenomenal job understanding the home life of each student. When there is a family in an especially strenuous situation or in significant need she does her best to ensure they have the help they need to continue to succeed in their education. Ensure these kinds of funds are in place with a special donation to the Hands4Uganda Bless a Family Fund.