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March 17, 2018

Florence

We believe that education is extremely important in breaking the cycle of malnutrition that plagues so many communities in Uganda. Our Social Worker, Florence, is a wonderful & passionate educator. She takes the extra time to connect with families on a personal level and encourage them in their journey to a healthier more nutritious life!

Extra time for this woman is a precious commodity.  Every weekday she gets up at 4AM to feed her one-year-old daughter, packs food for her two older children and husband and begins preparations  for the evening meal. She climbs into our Land Cruiser at 7:30 and begins the two-hour drive on the dusty road to Kigandalo. Somehow she exits our always full vehicle with a smile on her face and energy in her step as she immediately connects with each of the moms at our center and checks in with the nurses to see how the babies have fared through the night.  By 11 she is off with Pastor Hillary to check up on families discharged from our program or following the rumor of a far off child suffering with malnutrition. Add in a meeting or two with VHT’s (village health trainers) about community needs, teaching a nutrition class, prayers with a struggling mom and by three or four she is climbing back in the land cruiser with SHC staff returning to Jinja. Once at home she is always found with her children: milking one of our dairy goats, bringing some food to a neighbor, washing clothes and serving supper to her family. Always with that same smile on her face!  

She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teachings of kindness are on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.”  Proverbs 31:26-27