Letters from Uganda: Offering kindess and medical aid

My husband, Larry, and I walked with Steven Ssenyonjo, director of the Child2Youth Foundation, among the barefoot children of Brain Trust Primary School.

I couldn't help but focus on their dark eyes and wonder about each one: Are you an orphan? Are you HIV-positive, or will malaria take your life too soon? What are your chances, precious child, of reaching adulthood?

Uganda is a patriarchal society where the men focus on the business matters of the village, and the women are responsible for the children.

"The woman's role is to bear children and take care of them, find food, feed her man, fetch water and dig holes," one Ugandan man told me.

The women and children are left to fend for themselves in many family matters, including finding food and clothing, paying for education and obtaining health care.

Lack of education regarding health care is one of the leading causes of death in the villages. Most women are not aware that mosquitoes spread malaria, and protective nets are not available to most families.

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