Catholic World Mission in Uganda

Uganda

Population: 40,853,749

Percent Below Poverty Line: 21.4%

After years of working with Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales (MSFS) priests and seminarians in India, our partnership with the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales has opened the door to serving the poor in Uganda in 2019.

Uganda

Population: 40,853,749

Percent Below Poverty Line: 21.4%

After years of working with Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales (MSFS) priests and seminarians in India, our partnership with the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales has opened the door to serving the poor in Uganda in 2019.

Help Build a Church for Remote Village

About

In a tiny village in eastern Uganda, 423 Catholics gather under the shade of a mango tree for Mass.

Our brothers and sisters in Kiyamwinula, Uganda celebrate Mass under the mango tree.

That’s because they have no church structure of their own. Many of these worshippers are elderly and can’t make the trek to the parish church in the next town over, 2.5 miles away.

So every Sunday, Fr. Sunny Mattathil, MSFS, comes to them. He celebrates Mass under the mango tree, and the people pray that one day, they’ll have a church of their own.

25,000 Handmade Bricks Destroyed in a Rainstorm

The villagers of Kyamwinula made 25,000 bricks by hand so they could build their church. People are very poor here. Most are subsistence farmers with little or nothing to spare. But they came together, made bricks for their church, and got ready to build.

Sadly, before they could cure the bricks, a rainstorm came a washed their work away. The bricks were destroyed.

The sad truth is, the villagers have nothing left to start over with. They have no resources to buy building materials. And they’re running out of time: the rainy season is about to start again. With no church structure to protect them from the elements, the rainy season will put this faith community in danger of losing hope.

We need to help build this church now.

Villagers came together to build 25,000 bricks to build a church. Rain destroyed the bricks before they could be cured.
What's at Stake

What will happen if Kyamwinula doesn’t get a proper church building?

In Uganda, the rainy season lasts 8 months out of the year. While there are two “dry” seasons, the country experiences substantial rainfall even during those seasons.

Can you image what it’s like to have Mass outside in the rain? People get soaked, clothes get drenched, and worse yet, the hosts used for communion would dissolve before the priest could even consecrate them.

In short, the rains effectively cut the villagers off from the Sacraments!

When the rains come…

Masses will be canceled.

Catechism classes will be called off.

The faith of 432 of our brothers and sisters in Christ will be in peril!

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A tiny spark of faith has been ignited in Kiyamwinula, Uganda. Will you help it stay lit?

Nearby village church isn’t an option because the journey to get there is so dangerous

Many of the residents are very elderly or very young, making the rugged trek to the nearest church impossible.

Kyamwinula is an extremely remote village. The nearest church is only 2.5 miles away, but the terrain is rough and ragged—an impossible journey for villagers in Kyamwinula (most of whom are elderly or very young children) to make. It’s even more dangerous in the rain.

Please, friend, we must do what we can to keep the spark of faith in Kyamwinula from going out.

We need your help.

Fr. Sunny needs your help.

The villagers under the mango tree need your help.

Visit the “How You Can Help” tab right now to help.

How You Can Help
You can be the reason the faith continues in this remote village in Uganda. Will you help today?

You can save the faith of a poor person today.

The total cost to build a church in Kyamwinula is $39,479.

That may sound like a lot, and it is, but when we all come together, we can accomplish even more.

  • $44 provides 50 cement blocks to help build the church
  • $117 can provide one iron door for the church
  • $884 pays for half of all electrical work needed for the entire church

Ready to be a hero and help save the faith of an entire village? Click the green “Give More” button to donate and help.

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