Building and restoring homes
Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” Mark 12: 43-44
Homes of Promise has undertaken to build or restore several homes mainly for widows with children, who are in desperate need. One of these was for a young widow, Sylvia, who has five children.
Sylvia’s husband had died from HIV/AIDs and the house they were living in was beyond repair. The walls were bulging and the building could have collapsed at any time. Homes of Promise built a new three-room brick house with an outside kitchen, toilet and wash room. Sylvia and her family are delighted with their new home.
In the last few months Sylvia with her older daughters have planted maize nearby which, when harvested, will provide an income. When we visited, Sylvia presented us with a gift of maize and her generosity reminded me of the Bible verse in Mark 12, above.
Providing building materials for organisations promoting the Christian Faith
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14
Homes of Promise has provided several churches and Christian organisations with materials to finish or improve the fabric of their buildings. One project was to supply sand, cement and doors for the ‘Mission of Hope’ school, which is based in a slum area on the outskirts of Kampala. The school provides education and some accommodation for orphaned or very poor children. Sarah, who runs the school, has a living faith which shines through all her love and care for her pupils. The children are always singing and dancing ad take delight in sharing their songs with us. Homes of Promise continues to support initiatives to improve their accommodation.
Mattresses and Cooking equipment for those in need
Jesus asked “What shall I compare the kingdom of God to? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about 30 kilogrammes of flour until it worked all through the dough” Luke 13: 20-21
Homes of Promise has provided mattresses and other equipment to many people in need. We have also donated a cooker to a girls’ home in Kampala, run by Cornerstone for teenage girls who have suffered abuse. The cooker is used by the girls for training in baking skills – most of the girls had never even seen a cooker before, as they are used to cooking on charcoal stoves. One young girl who is now taking a cookery course was thrilled at the prospect of being able to bake at home. Now that the girls have the opportunity to learn baking skills, they will have greatly increased their chances of finding paid employment.