In rural Uganda, basic medical care is often the difference between life and death. In 2004, we opened the Lubega Memorial Medical Clinic in memory of Fred Lubega, a 14-year-old boy who died of sepsis after stepping on a thorn. The Lubega Clinic provides medical care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In addition to serving ACM’s sponsored children, it also serves the surrounding community of over 3,000 people. Your support of ACM and the Lubega Clinic helps provide:
PROVERB'S 31 WOMEN'S MINISTRY
Proverbs 31 Women’s Ministry, a ministry of ACM, is an encouragement, prayer, and income-generating support group for widows and destitute women of rural and urban communities in Uganda and Kenya.
Some of the members in our area are mothers or grandmothers of ACM sponsored children. For these women and their children life is an everyday struggle just to survive. Many of the women suffer from serious medical conditions. Some of the woman are HIV positive. Hard work has been no stranger to these women since they were old enough to carry water or firewood with their mothers. However, disabling diseases make physical labor impossible for some of these ladies.
Proverb’s 31 Women’s Ministry members are true artisans. They create high quality jewelry, baskets, and other items to sell in the United States through ACM. The products are Fair Trade and the financial increase provides a source of dignity for the women and their families. Excitement over the empowerment these women are experiencing is contagious. More women are joining the beading groups, both in the city and in remote villages. In these rural locations, this small venture by a group of industrious women, plays a large part of the transformation seen around the community. Visit our shop to see and purchase some of their products!
To date, over 35 small businesses have been started by Proverbs 31 Women who used proceeds from their sales as seed money to fund their dream.
CLEAN WATER PROJECTS
61% of Ugandans lack access to safe drinking water. Access to clean water is essential to the health and well-being of every community. Drinking contaminated water often brings illness and death, so ACM partners with local communities to provide clean water.
Often, our neighbors cannot afford to buy the supplies needed to repair a well or drill a new one, but they can help with the labor. We, at ACM, partner with local villages by providing the services of an experienced well mechanic and the materials needed to install new wells or to repair broken wells. We also train members of the local community to maintain the wells. The local leaders are then responsible for maintaining the well. Since 2008, ACM has helped build and/or repair 40 community wells.
Since ACM began, we have constructed over 45 buildings including school classrooms, school libraries, school kitchens, teacher houses, a conference center, guest house rooms, church buildings, a medical clinic, and a pastor training center. Any projects we do in the community are done with a partnership mentality and sustainability in mind. For instance, when helping a school build a classroom, we often ask the school to first build the walls. Then, we provide them with the roof. The same is true when partnering with local churches who are ready to build a building.
These projects have been made possible through donations. Even a small monetary investment can change an entire school and provide better learning opportunities!