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Empowering Single Mothers in Uganda for Community Transformation

QUESTION: Would you help transform entire communities through empowering single mothers and widows to provide for their families?
 
Systemic poverty requires a holistic approach, and Multiply is both making the Gospel known, and also living it out, in Uganda. Robert Mponye, a key national leader in Uganda, leads Lifehouse Community Church. Robert began in ministry with a vision to help marginalized children attend school, by providing lodging and food for them during the academic year and giving them a Jesus-centred education.
 
“When God comes to Africa,” Robert remarked during a recent global video call with Multiply, “he must find me doing something!”
 
Now, Robert’s vision has expanded to address one of the underlying causes of the cycle of poverty in Uganda. One of the predominant challenges to community transformation in this nation is that of families in crisis because of a deceased or absent father. Typically, single mothers take on the full responsibility of caring for their children and extended family members. However, because over 70% of women have no job, business, or work skills, their children are often forced to drop out of school to help the family to survive.
 
“Here in the Mityana district alone,” says Robert, “we have over 29% of all households being run by unemployed, single mothers. Our church has been able to support at least one child per household, but we have a vision for more. By helping the mothers to support themselves, we can transform whole families and communities.
 
Robert and his team began to his team work alongside single mothers and widows in their community, helping them to develop small business plans, facilitating through start-up money, coaching them, and discipling them in the love of Jesus. The team has watched both community and individual transformation begin to take place.
 
Would you join us in this endeavour? Your donation of $500 USD will provide start-up financing for a small business for one woman, but you will do far more than change their economic situation.

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