A few months ago, you may have seen some posts on Hearts & Hope's social media platforms about a young girl in our sponsorship program in Nakabango who was pregnant. Catherine is a true orphan; no parents, no grandparents - no siblings willing to take her in. She was starving and receiving no prenatal care.
Many of you responded to our plea for help. You donated funds that allowed our staff to take her to a clinic and buy her food and supplies to get her through her pregnancy. She gained weight and the reports at the clinic indicated that her baby was growing well.
Three weeks ago, a healthy baby David came into this world! Catherine and her baby are doing well and yesterday we had the chance to visit both of them in her small one-room home. The love she has for that small child was evident from the moment we stepped inside. She showed him off with pride and thanked us over and over. "I don't know what I would have done without your help," she said.
Layet Dorothy, the Hearts & Hope Village Sponsorship Assistant, who stayed with Catherine during part of her pregnancy, said that Catherine had more supplies at the hospital than any other patient, due to the generosity of our donors! Others sent clothes, blankets, and toys with us for the baby that she handled with great care when she took them out of the backpack they were delivered in. The bags of Skittles and Gummy Bears were a great treat as well!
Catherine and David's lives are not easy. She has not even completed primary school. But she has an added reason to survive now. She has a mother's love for her baby - and support of friends of Hearts & Hope. We will be checking on them during our visit in February as well and will continue to pray for their well being. Many thanks to everyone who helped this story continue to be a good one!
Hearts & Hope is a nonprofit organization focused on unlocking the potential of people in Uganda through relationships with people in the US.