Kabale Diocese is one of the 19 dioceses in Uganda located in the southwestern comer of the country about 280 miles from the capital city of Kampala. We serve a population of about 1.5 million people, and 750,000 are Roman Catholic. The vast majority of the people we serve are located in rural, underserved, and mostly remote areas of the country. Most critical among the challenges they face is healthcare.
Leading causes of death in Uganda include neonatal disorders, IDV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, lower respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, congenital defects, ischemic heart disease, stroke, road injury, and malnutrition.
To address the above daunting challenges, Kabale Diocese is in the process of developing a hospital for the rural poor-Our Lady of Good Health Hospital Rushoroza. Through the gracious generosity of many, we have managed to complete the initial phase–the outpatient department, minor operating room, medical/ surgical ward, and small delivery/maternity unit. We are transitioning into the next phase for which we are seeking assistance, a phase that comprises of children’s ward, dental, ophthalmology, radiology, medical laboratory units, and expansion on the emergency room, operating room, maternity unit, and ambulance services. Our one and only ambulance is 15 years old and almost beyond repair.
We are also seeking assistance to support our long-term Kabale Diocese Orphaned and Vulnerable Children Program, a program I personally helped to establish to maintain active involvement. Through our foster home care program, we provide outreach support to orphaned children the vast majority of whom have lost both parents and are left all alone to fend for themselves. We provide them with shelter, school tuition, clothing, and healthcare. We are currently supporting 540 children out of well over 20,000 greatly in need of help. One of them was ordained a priest last year. What a blessing!
Additionally, as evangelization and spiritual care remain our core mission, we continue to struggle with the high cost of formation/training of seminarians and catechists. We are in the process of building diocese-wide small Christian communities for primary/grassroots evangelization an effort that relies heavily on priests, religious, and catechists.
Those who will directly benefit from your generous giving include the sick, the disadvantaged orphans, and the faithful in general (evangelization/spiritual growth). And to make matters worse for those in rural remote areas, the coronavirus has brought so much anguish to so many of them to the least. Your generosity, therefore, comes as a Godsend lifeline to many!
We are so ever grateful for your gracious and most generous outreach support to the church in the missions, a church with her majority sitting on the margins. What a difference you make!
-Rev. Frederick K. Byaruhanga, Diocesan Representative
For more information about the Diocese of Kabale- Uganda, please visit their website at www.kabalediocese.org.
To support the DIOCESE OF KABALE, UGANDA, please click on the button below to donate and either select your parish in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and/or type Group 1091 in the memo box. God bless!