Skip Navigation

One Great Hour of Sharing

 

In Uganda, life begins with dignity

Happy mothers in Uganda receive the layette kits that will help keep their newborn babies warm and safe.
Happy mothers in Uganda receive the layette kits that will help keep their newborn babies warm and safe.
COURTESY AFCA

In the shadow of a shuttered mining operation in western Uganda, 1,000 newborn babies went home "in style," beginning their lives with dignity, thanks to the layette kits their mothers received from the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and the American Foundation for Children with AIDS (AFCA).

Gifts on One Great Hour of Sharing Sunday (March 10) help pay overhead expenses for UMCOR, allowing 100 percent of designated gifts to go as directed.

"It is pleasing to know that there are people out there who feel the plight of women; that it has touched their hearts to share God's blessings with those in need," said Musoki Hellen. She gave birth to her first child at Kilembe Mines Hospital, where the kits were distributed.

Dressed in new clothes, a newborn in Uganda is ready to go home.
Dressed in new clothes, a newborn in Uganda is ready to go home.
COURTESY AFCA

Many of the new mothers at the hospital are impoverished. The contents—onesies, blankets, diapers and other necessities—are simply out of reach.

"Sometimes the nurses have to give women old sheets to wrap the baby in to take him or her home," said Tanya Weaver, executive director of AFCA.

The kits, she said, make a big difference. "The mothers can leave the hospital with their babies dressed warmly and well no matter how poor they might be. Their babies are warm and wearing new outfits, with no tears or stains, and the women are proud," she said. "Dignity is huge when you don't have much else to hold onto."

Adapted by UMCgiving.org from a story by Linda Unger, senior writer for the General Board of Global Ministries. See a longer version at www.umcor.org.

Find more UMCOR stories at www.umcgiving.org/oghs. Order bulletin inserts, and posters by calling United Methodist Communications Customer Service, (888) 346-3862. Churches may receive the offering on any day.