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Share Your Bread with the Hungry


GRANDMOTHER OVERCOMES CHALLENGES TO FARM THE LAND
THAT FEEDS THE CHILDREN IN HER CARE

Najjuma, a 56-year-old widow in Uganda, grows enough food on eight acres to feed the three children and eight orphaned grandchildren in her care. Without the crops that spring from this soil she carefully tends, Najjuma has no means to support these children.

However, while Najjuma was providing the nurture her children and grandchildren needed, her in-laws ordered her to leave the land her husband had inherited.

Fortunately,  Najjuma learned that laws were in place to protect widows like her. Your One Great Hour of Sharing Gifts empowered Naijuma to exercise her lawful  right to remain on the property.

Thanks to training programs held by Action for Rural Women’s Empowerment (ARUWE), a partner of the Presbyterian Hunger Program, Najjuma knew the law was on her side. She successfully appealed for help through local land governance structures.  Yet too often widows aren’t aware of their rights, says Sylvia Nalubega, program officer for ARUWE.

“When widows  do not know their entitlement to their property or if the husband doesn’t leave a will, many times they are evicted and have nowhere to go,” Sylvia says. One Great Hour of Sharing gifts helped Naijuma avoid this fate.

“Najjuma depends on the land for her livelihood,” says Agnes Mirembe,  programs manager for ARUWE. “It is everything to her. Her income is tied to the land.”

In addition to benefitting from ARUWE’s legal aid clinics,  Naijuma also learned more efficient farming techniques from this group. She planted two acres of corn and beans that serve as demonstration plots  for her neighbors. She freely shares how she was able to increase crop yields and take better care of her children and grandchildren.

Yet Najjuma  could have been without a place to plant even a single seed, a plight that would have spelled disaster for her family. Your One Great Hour gifts helped  keep this from happening.

In Uganda and around the world, Presbyterians are being faithful to the biblical mandate to care for people who live on the  margins.

Through your One Great Hour of Sharing gifts, Christ’s concern for “the least of these” is being expressed and lives are being transformed.

Let us pray:
Gracious God, We pray for the widows in Africa who struggle to provide for their families. We give thanks that you walk with them in their quest for  justice, and we hear your call to come alongside people who live on the margins. May we be faithful to your summons. Amen.

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