91four is a non-profit organization that creates opportunities for people like you to share the love of God by meeting the needs of people worldwide in the most distress. Project Uganda provides a place of refuge and hope for at-risk adolescent girls from the Karamojong tribe, who would otherwise be living on the streets outside of Kampala, Uganda, Africa. We currently house just over 20 girls in Uganda and provide them with a safe place to live, food, water, clothing, and educational, vocational and biblical training. The Board of Directors put up our own money to get it started – and now we need your help to keep it going.
A Note From Our President:
In January of 2014, I traveled alone for a two-week trip to Uganda, Africa to visit children I sponsor through a Christian ministry. I had the opportunity to spend time in Kampala, Uganda’s capital city, and it was there that I met the Karamojong people. The Karamojong are a tribal group who migrated from Karamoja, in northeastern Uganda, the country’s most disadvantaged region. The Karamojong are semi-nomadic cattle herders whose way of life has been threatened by environmental changes, cattle raiding and arms trade. In order to avoid extreme poverty, starvation and violence, they have been forced to seek refuge outside of Karamoja. But as the Karamojong reach the capital city they are pushed to the outskirts to exist in slum districts that can only be described as deplorable.
The men, women and children I met were kind, humble and gracious. They asked me for nothing and yet gave to me all that they had to offer: warm smiles, their hands in mine and finally a simple black rubber necklace. As I left them that day I walked through alleyways where I witnessed girls crawling through the streets “sweeping for beans.” These were adolescent Karamojong girls who waited every day for delivery trucks full of beans to pass by so that they could crawl in the streets searching for any beans that had fallen off of the truck. At each day’s end the girls carry their little bags of beans back to the slum district to turn them in to the elders. If they were fortunate enough to make .20 that day (and most do not) they can crawl under heavy plastic or tin sheets which are meant for a make shift dwelling, and sleep for the night.
“He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.” Psalm 91:4
I have two daughters of my own and I cannot even begin to imagine them existing under these extreme conditions. Their circumstances have left them vulnerable to abuse, rape, kidnapping and human trafficking with little to no protection from anyone who could ensure their safety. The majority of these girls are alone as they have been separated from their parents and siblings and this had a profound effect on me. I fully realized that the biggest factor separating the lifestyles of these girls from my own daughters was a matter of geography. My daughters were born in America, a land full of opportunity, government assistance and protection offered through law enforcement. These girls were born in Northern Uganda, into a tribal group, and were offered no protection and help from a government system. When you are hungry in the slum district and you cannot find food, or sick and cannot obtain treatment, you die, period. When you are raped, kidnapped, trafficked and eventually disappear, there is no one to help save you; you simply cease to exist.
Someone asked me if I had a difficult time wondering how our loving God would allow this suffering, but God provided the answer. First, He sent us His Son to die for us and then explained to us that we live in a fallen world; the earth is ruled by evil. The solution for suffering while we are alive is to love one another. John 13:34 states; “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another,” and loving someone doesn’t ever mean knowing someone is hungry, destitute or in extreme danger and turning your back to do nothing. This commandment makes it pretty clear what we are to do in the midst of suffering. If we would be obedient to His command, this type of suffering would be alleviated. It was witnessing this situation that led me to take immediate action the moment I returned to the states. After receiving support from family and friends, a non-profit Christian ministry was formed. We call it 91four.
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