Subject: But it's going to rain soon

It's Going to Rain Soon

George Kateregga, our leader in Uganda, described the situation in Uganda, saying, "Everyone is crying, people in the north are dying, animals are dying, people are hungry everywhere. The petty businesses that our families depend on came to a halt. There is no traffic. It's almost the same as the Covid lockdown. It's terrible. But it's going to rain soon."

I hope he's right. The usual 'short rains' begin in September, but the weather is no longer predictable, and it has been months without rain.

Even if the rains come soon, it will be October before crops can be harvested. Still, with the rain comes hope, which is in short supply now.

Some schools sent their students home early this term because they could no longer feed them. That is not an option for Mustard Seed; our students would go home to starvation. We are committed to feeding them through this latest crisis. I hope you agree and will help to make that possible.

Near the beginning of the pandemic, I wrote: "As we walk through this trial together, please offer special prayers for Uganda." Did any of us dream the pandemic was just the beginning? Now, prayers are needed even more with the whole world experiencing the effects of war, climate change, and inflation. All of these are hitting Uganda especially hard because of the drought, failed crops, and the always precarious economy. The scene pictured below is common throughout the Country – parched maize fields.

Optimism about the rain coming soon is not the only positive we observe among our Ugandan partners. They are:

  • Growing Artemisia annua annua and lemon grass on campus. These are dried and made into herbal tea, which the students receive weekly. It has improved health, reducing the incidence of malaria and other diseases.

  • Growing more vegetables (with irrigation) and using them in the Mustard Seed kitchen enriches school meals at little cost.

  • Networking to find sources of maize (Tanzania) and beans (western Uganda) and buying in bulk to reduce the cost.

  • Incorporating more variety in the school diet. The Foods & Nutrition teachers and former students with chef's training work with the cooks to prepare different dishes besides the usual posho (cornmeal mush) and beans. Some food crops were not as severely affected as maize and beans – cassava, rice, potatoes, matoke, etc.

Thanks to eighteen caring partners who responded last week, $3,200 has already been donated to help feed Mustard Seed. Won't you join them?

Six dollars will feed a student for a week, but that is more than double the budget.

$6 – a small amount to most of us, but a life-saving gift to a vulnerable Ugandan child.

Please act now, and your gift will be doubled. An RPU board member is matching $3,000 for this food crisis until July 30th.

We will need to wire the money on the first of August so it is available before the current food supply runs out.

In hope and gratitude,


Elaine Griswold, Executive Director

P.S. You can help even more by sharing this message with friends.

P.P.S. Our mailing address is below. We are delighted to receive checks in the mail if you prefer.

P.P.P.S. For data nerds – In 2020-2021, 30% of Eastern Africa was undernourished, only surpassed by Middle Africa's 30-33%.

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