In Uganda, like many other places in the world, being a mother oftentimes means carrying a heavy load—physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Because of your generosity, women like Salama are no longer carrying the heavy load alone.
For years Salama sought help for her son who was diagnosed with severe epilepsy at an early age. The slightest thing can trigger a seizure for Kenneth, which has led him to fall behind at school and suffer socially at times.
The cost of school fees, basic medical care, and food are already too high for most parents and guardians, so a serious illness or condition like Kenneth’s can take a detrimental toll on a family. And it did. The cost for Kenneth’s prescription alone is more than his mother’s monthly wages—an unbearable weight.
At Amazima, we hold the conviction that being a part of the body of Christ means coming alongside the vulnerable and sharing in their burdens because that’s what love does. “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (1 Corinthians 13:7 ESV). And that’s what you allowed us to do for Salama.
When Salama and Kenneth were introduced to Amazima, it was an answer to Salama’s prayers. Because of your generosity, Amazima is able to cover Kenneth’s prescription, giving him the opportunity to live a better life and attend school without fearing his next seizure. His mother is now able to focus on working and putting food on the table for their family, and has spiritual and emotional support from Amazima’s medical team.
Today Kenneth and his mother still visit the Amazima clinic more than any other family. This is partly because controlling Kenneth’s seizures is a team effort, and partly because of Kenneth’s love for Nurse Ann Mary. The two share a special bond—so special that Kenneth claims Ann Mary as his “best friend.”
Salama is one of hundreds of mothers who have received the love and support of a community over the years because of your generosity. This Mother’s Day, as you celebrate friends and loved ones, we hope you’ll take a moment to remember Salama–
No longer hopeless.
No longer stuck.
No longer alone.
All because of the undeserved grace and mercy of our Father who allows us to play a small part in His big story.