This area had lots of houses together.
Some are in better shape than others. You can see the gardens around so they will hopefully be less dependent on the food being brought in.
This one was just outside where we handing out the hygiene kits.
This little girl took one look at me and took off running. If I only had a quarter for every time that happened with me and the girls...
Not sure what this hole was going to be for but I am guessing it will be a latrine of some sort. They take turns in the hole, it is already getting deep.
Elder and Sister Moore are the Member Leadership Support (MLS) for Gulu. There are two Branches in Gulu and this missionary couple provide support for the missionaries and the members of the Branches. When the Church humanitarian couple were there in April handing out pots, pans and blankets for the refugees they were told they really needed hygiene kits for the girls. The Moore's posted on their blog the need and it really took off with members of the Church, Primary, Young Women and Relief Society and friends of other faiths helping provide the kits necessary. Help came from all over the US and here in Uganda to make this effort possible. This was not a Church sponsored event, it was just a chance to do something for the people of Africa. There were over 3200 kits provided along with a sizable cash gift from one of the businesses the Moore's son works at in Canada. Bags and bags full of hygiene items the ladies/girls could use. The kit consists of soap, panties (they call them knickers), liners, shield, and instructions. The shield snaps around the crotch of the panties and holds the liners which serve as a washable, reusable sanitary pad. Many of the school children have to drop out of school because there is no way to meet their feminine needs. The Moores did a wonderful job and we were only there to help with the very last part of the effort.
We put together the last of the kits the night before the hand-off. Elder Squire, Elder Moore and Elder Hansen.
The Uganda Chapter of the Days for Girls helped Sister Moore get the project moving. The Days for Girls and the Camp Coordinators worked with the Moore's to coordinate distribution. So the big day arrived and we drove 1 1/2 hours out of Gulu to meet the Days for Girls and Ugandan Government representative.
Here are the Hansens and and us with Ssimbwa Buslwa who was a driver with the Days for Girls. He in LDS and does a lot with the Humanitarin missionaries. He is also the Chief of his village. Very interesting man.
Here are the Moores with Ssimbwh
This young lady (Imaculee) lived in Northern Uganda when Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a guerrilla group which used to operate in Uganda, came and abducted her two brothers ages 13 and 15 to fight for them, but left her as she was only 7 at the time. They later learned her brothers had been killed and she was still having a hard time telling the story.
It is good for us to be able to do such a small part in this part of the world. “For I, the Lord, will judge all men according to their works, according to the desire of their hearts” (D&C 137:9).
The Lord said to the Church:
“When I give a commandment to any of the sons of men to do a work unto my name, and those sons of men go with all their might and with all they have to perform that work, and cease not their diligence, and their enemies come upon them and hinder them from performing that work, behold, it behooveth me to require that work no more at the hands of those sons of men, but to accept of their offerings. …
We did not have any opposition but I think we all need to be looking for our individual opportunities to do good works, and the Lord will accept our efforts.
Now I will share a bunch of photos from the refugee camp. The camp is outside of Adjumani, Uganda and about 30 kilometers from the South Sudan border. It was impressive that most of them were in very nice traditional dresses, prom dresses or just nice business dresses. When you see the scars on their forehead or side of the eyes it is a tribal marking. Many of these women have lost a husband or other family members because of the fighting in South Sudan.
Some very beautiful ladies
Sister Squire, always will be a labor and delivery nurse.
Great example of the tribal markings.
I have no idea how this lady lost her eye but I suspect it had something to do with Kony's Army. For a good review of the nasty type of things done to innocent citizens by Kony's Army, a good read is Aboke Girls.
“Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
“When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
“Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (Matt. 25:37–40.)