COVID-19: Catherine's Story 

In the face of the COVID-19 crisis our ministry partners are continuing to show God’s love to the outcast and forgotten in their communities.

The most vulnerable like Catherine.

Catherine is currently in lockdown at the Wakisa Centre in Uganda with 23 other pregnant girls, who otherwise would have no shelter, medical care or food.

Three years earlier, Catherine’s biological father left home one morning and never returned.

Her mother left Catherine and her siblings with their grandmother and moved to the city to find work. Instead she found a man who said he would support her. She then sent for Catherine, who had just turned 12, to join them to do their domestic duties.

After moving to the city, Catherine was enrolled in a nearby school but was only allowed to go after she had finished her morning chores and had to leave school early to be back in time to prepare dinner.

Her mother and stepfather would spend every day drinking in the nearby bar and then come home expecting to find dinner made and clothes washed.

One night, after her mother had passed out drunk, her stepfather came into Catherine’s room and sexually assaulted her. Catherine told her mother, who then beat her badly. When it happened again Catherine ran away to live on the streets. She found her way to the Wakisa Centre weeks before the lockdown laws were introduced.

Without Wakisa Ministries, Catherine would be on the streets, alone and pregnant, without food or medical care and at increased risk of coronavirus.

 

Catherine’s story is horrific, but unfortunately the other 23 girls currently at Wakisa have similar stories.

Uganda has closed its borders and restricted movement between districts, resulting in shortages and skyrocketing prices of food and other essentials. 

Wakisa Ministries is committed to taking care of the girls' immediate needs of shelter, food and medical care, as well as sharing the gospel, counselling and training the girls on vocational skills.

They've stocked up on what they could before the shortages began but they are starting to run low on food, hygiene supplies and other essentials. With no end to the lockdown in sight in Uganda, and prices continuing to increase, they can’t afford the supplies they need without your financial support.   

This end of financial year, will you help abandoned young mothers in Uganda survive the COVID-19 crisis and have hope for the future?