Tucked in Uganda is the town of Kisoga. Like many Ugandan villages it is filled with beautiful people who have to struggle every day to survive. Whether it’s a grandmother caring for her sick grandson, a wife wearied by an abusive marriage, or a single father who can barely afford to keep his 4 children fed – these are the just a few of the gripping stories we heard today. Rise Again Productions and Lightify are partnering with organizations like International Justice Mission (IJM), Compassion, and Abide Family Center. Today we sat in a small sparse room and learned today about the lives of two strong Ugandan women. Their stories were not easy to listen to without wincing. And, even without understanding the language, you could see the depth of their hurts in their eyes and on their aged skin. Let me introduce you…
Meet Mutesi Zam | Mother of Twins
Mutesi Zam is the mother of two twin girls, Peace and Grace. She had a difficult marriage. Her husband was often violent and abusive. At one point the abuse got so bad that she ran away from home. For days she slept outside and hid in bushes so her husband wouldn’t find her. However, amidst the violence Compassion connected with her. They brought her to their center and taught her valuable skills like tailoring and making bags to sell. They also convinced her husband to come to the center and began to work with him to overcome his abusive personality. Today, thanks to Compassion, she and her daughters and husband are able to better support themselves and have a healthier family life. Mutesi Zam is a strong woman who lives in a house smaller than most American kitchens, she has a story of transformation and hope that can inspire people way beyond her little known town.
Meet Ntale Anthony Grandma | Care Giver
A few doors down from Mutesi Zam is an elderly grandmother. Her bright, airy house is filled with photos of her family and plenty of chairs for guests. Her vibrant, Ugandan clothing contrasted against the pale adobe wall behind her. As the conversation unfolded she began to tell us about her grandson. When he was only 5 months old his mother died. His step mother took him – however, she showered this half son with abuse. As an infant she intentionally doused him with boiling water, disfiguring his genitals. The lingering, uncared for burns resulted in infections and serious damage to his kidneys. When the grandmother became aware of this she took him, caring for him like her own son. She shared about the challenges of raising a son at her age…especially a child who had weathered such immense abuse. Thankfully, she doesn’t have to do it on her own. Compassion has helped support her, assisting with Ntale’s ongoing medical needs and helping him attend school. Despite the challenges, Ntale’s grandmother was warm and welcoming – her grandmotherly compassion radiated to all who heard her story.
Tomorrow we continue our journey with Compassion and will be visiting a children’s camp. Excited for more stories and great photos!