Those of you that have known me long enough will remember back in 2012, I went to Uganda with my Mum to work in a crisis pregnancy centre for young girls.
The reason I am writing is because my Mum has announced this evening that she is returning again and in just 2 months time! I am so pleased as I know how much she has been itching to return. Mum has been several times over the years and I am not surprised. You leave a bit of your heart there once you’ve been.
A little background on what the centre is about…
In 2011 I wrote this on my blog:
My Mum is beautiful, beautiful to look at, kind to the core and a beautiful soul… I love her lots!
I think she is bordering on crazy for having four children… but hey if she didn’t I wouldn’t be here seeing as I am number 4. On a personal level, Mum is in fact a rock, no matter what myself and my sisters have been through over the years, she has been there without fail, without complaint and without hesitation. She has set me in good stead being a Mum myself, I respect and love her immensely.
All this aside, for the last 7 years my Mum has been going out to Uganda to volunteer. Mum started with a 3 month stint at Sanyu Babies Home, makes me smile and want to cry all at once recounting the stories Mum shared with us on her time there. After a couple of times at the orphanage over the years, Mum decided to focus her time at Wakisa Pregnancy Crisis Centre, which is where she is now as I type. I’ll tell you a little of background of the Centre…. it is run by an inspiring lady called Vivian who was a Nurse. Vivian was actually in the UK this year and came and met us all… again heart wrenching stories and smiles were shared all at once. Abortion is illegal in Uganda, however women and more to the point girls are raped so often, soldiers, family members, gangs. Vivian as a nurse watched a young girl die from septicaemia contracted from a back-street abortion. Vivian set up the centre to help these girls that are so in despair. There is a lot more to the story but this is the short version!
The girls that come to the centre are cast out as second class citizens for being unmarried and pregnant, bearing in mind some of the girls can be as young as 12 year old and had this forced upon them, they don’t know anyway out of their situation. The centre, counsels the girls, teaches them how to look after themselves and their unborn babies, they learn trades and are sponsored back into education.
Each year I do what I can to help raise Money for Wakisa and the girls for when Mum goes over. From filling smartie tubes with £1 coins, fundraiser days, collecting donated maternity clothes for the girls. My son and I even did a car boot (he added his own toys in) to raise money. It has got to the point now where the “pull” for me to go to Uganda with Mum is beyond belief, I trained as a Doula back in 2007 and although I didn’t do it for long (it didn’t fit in well with my young family at the time) I still constantly have a draw to pregnancy and support around that. Going to Uganda would be life changing for me, I want nothing more than to be able to give my time and whatever I could to help even just one girl out there if I could, to be self-less and humble. I am planning to do so in the next 12-24months.”
Although I would absolutely LOVE to be going again with Mum, I have currently have commitments with my work and family. I do know I will at some point return to Uganda and the girls at Wakisa in the future.
What I will be doing is gathering donations for Mum to take with her when she goes in January. Anything that can help financially or physical donations such as the following:
- newborn clothes, sleepsuits, vests, hats etc
- washable nappies/terry towelling
- bras (maternity or normal bras)
- maternity clothes
- Any clothes with some stretch!
This video is old but it makes me smile so much!! I loved hearing the girls sing and watching them play, it was totally like their life troubles were forgotten just for that moment in time and those SMILES and their LAUGHTER was the most incredible thing. The singing on the video is actually the girls <3
Uganda is an easy place to fall in love with and I hope my little snapshot might make you fall in love too and maybe even help Mum help the girls.
Some of my favourite photos that I took in Kampala, the crisis centre, an orphanage and a school Mum and I visited