'The bus rattles down the road and as the clouds of dust clear, we see the row of coffin shops displaying the magnificent purple, gold or white caskets complete with the glass viewing window in the lid.
Most small holdings have several concrete-covered graves nearby ; the final homage to mothers who die in childbirth, children who die from dehydration, pneumonia or malaria, young men who die in terrible road accidents and some who die after a long and fulfilling life. Unlike the UK, death is not hidden, becoming a taboo subject. It is an everyday reality, a searing loss and raw wound for many. There is no safety net for those who suddenly become widows or orphans.
Gospel Cross International continue to work in these villages around Jinja to help reduce these premature deaths. This year Sam, Betty, Harriet, Aggrey and Mary alongside Dr Jan and Ugandaid volunteers have been working in local schools to teach key health messages using stories, drama and simple games such as snakes and ladders . The use of some carefully crafted word searches, puzzles and key messages allow the children to take the health messages home .
Pray for Gospel Cross to be encouraged in their work. They are doing so well and they are seeing the health of the children improve with fewer stories of untimely deaths in childbirth.
"Prevention is better than cure."
Easy to say, hard to do and even harder to believe. But the results are visible in the villages- people are grateful , they express their thanks with songs, speeches and specially synchronized hand clapping.
Thank you for your interest, support and prayers. Thank you Helen and Sue for your support and encouragement over the last three weeks- it has been invaluable.'
Blog entry by Jan