Returning now for their 3rd time in Uganda, the Women Together Canada team was delighted to be back Mukono, Uganda and working in partnership with ROTOM ministry.
ROTOM is a unique and wonderful ministry to seniors started because of the effect that HIV/AIDS had on families several years ago. In African culture, it is the adult children who look after their parents in their senior years. With HIV/AIDS taking so many adult lives, something had to be done to help the grandmothers who were living in severe poverty with the added responsibility of raising their grandchildren. Women Together has two aspects to their partnership with ROTOM:
- Providing leadership training for ROTOM staff and
- Providing Home Based Care Training to at-risk village girls.
In 2018, Evelyn Franklin, an RN from Brandon, Manitoba, taught the Home Based Care Curriculum for three months to 11 village girls. Eight of the eleven girls are now employed and using their new skills to help seniors and the grandchildren they are raising.
This trip was a reunion, a joyful catching-up, and a time of affirmation for the girls who have risen to the challenge, obtained a good start in medical training, and are using what they learned to help seniors and ROTOM.
Ellen Krahn and Margaret Gibb taught 16 staff members on Biblical Leadership. Their eagerness to take notes and be engaged in the training was indicative of their desire to learn and grow as leaders.
Women Together and ROTOM are moving forward with additional plans to develop our partnership further.