Josephine's Story

Earlier this month, I was blessed with the opportunity to work with a group of 12 women from the Acholi Quarters slum in Kampala, Uganda. During this time, I was given the task of gathering the stories of the Artisans that we partner with. What I thought would be a tedious portion of my trip, turned out to be one of the most wonderful times as I was able to have valuable conversations with each of the women.

Here’s one of their stories…meet Josephine Oyugi, a petite young woman thinks she is about 37 years old (she grew in a rural village in Northern Uganda where birthdays are not recorded). Josephine has a shy smile and a reserved disposition but when she speaks of her 3 children (2 boys and 1 girl) and the 5 orphans (2 boys and 3 girls) that are in her care, a spark shines in her eyes. Josephine only completed 2 years of primary school (which is the equivalent of 1st grade), her dream for her children – all 8 of them – is that they finish their studies so they may have a home of their own. Unfortunately, one of the obstacles that stand in the way of the children’s education is medical bills. Josephine’s husband is mentally disturbed requiring regular treatment and her youngest daughter, Concy who is 9 years old, suffers from a TERRIBLE intestinal problem: Each time she uses the bathroom, her intestines exit her body and they must be physically inserted back into her.

Being able to pay Josephine a fair wage for the BEAUTIFUL recycled magazine paper jewelry that she creates enables her to pay their medical bills and fulfill her dream of educating her children. This is only part of the answer for me…I want to help Josephine find a cure for Concy’s intestinal problem. Hearing Josephine’s story and more specifically, learning about Concy’s sickness has put a “fire in my belly.” Josephine is a Mom and so am I. Josephine wants the same things for her daughter as I want for mine – for her to be healthy, to finish school, and to have a home of her own at some point in the future. Surely, that’s not too much to ask.

Concy can be cured by a simple medical procedure that Josephine can’t afford AND send her 8 children to school. WOULD YOU CONSIDER MAKING A DONATION TO HELP CONCY?

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