Upon our return in 2007, our initial efforts began with obtaining funding for 22 girls between the ages of 11 and 15 to go to school. Due to their pen pal relationship with some young U.S. girls in the Catholic Little Flowers group, we call our young Ugandan sisters Little Flowers as well.
Tailoring School »
One concrete way for young women in Alenga to become more self-sufficient and bring in resources for their families is by becoming tailors. The sewing machines are already at the mission. The key is to fund the instruction and obtain the sewing resources to enable more young women to obtain this valuable training.
Women’s Project »
Still in the idea phase, this aspect of Noté Karacel Uganda would provide women with a variety of empowering education and resources to better the holistic well-being of themselves, their children and families. This may be done through initiating cooperatives, health care seminars, and other proactive means of providing the means to enhance the quality of life in the community. Leadership and teamwork would also be fostered among the women.
A humble infirmary already exists at the Alenga mission. What is needed is medical personal and various supplies to better serve the various health needs of the community.
Water Security »
Some women and girls walk many kilometers a day to haul water from the river or other natural water reservoirs to their homes for cooking and bathing. Placing water wells (or “bore holes”) closer to residences would be an incredible help to families as they go about their daily chores.
HIV/AIDS and the war further north in Uganda have produced hundreds of orphans. A number of Alenga area families have taken these children in. This generosity of spirit, of course, puts greater financial strain on these families. Efforts are needed to aid them in fulfilling their role as guardians and to facilitate the education and growth of these children of the community.
Fr. Stan works with young adults in the Alenga parish on agricultural projects to produce local food sources not previously actualized. Thanks to the generosity of the community of Rosary High School in Aurora, IL, we have also begun to realize a dream of starting a pig farm to help provide additional resources to make the parish self-sustaining. Thirteen pigs have been purchased and are kept on the mission grounds. Our hope is that this small group of pigs will grow to a larger herd thus fostering growing sustainability.