Village Mothers and Fathers on the Frontline of Community Wellbeing (Uganda)
Global Force for Healing's August Uganda journey with 9 volunteers, including two families with children, was a great success! One highlight while at Sunrise Centre in central Uganda was our meetings with Village Mothers and the newly-formed Village Fathers group. We had lively discussions on the impact of pregnancy and childbirth on families, on couples' relationships, what it is to be become an engaged parent, and the impact on community solidarity. Mike Thompson and Todd Herman, the two dads who were part of our group, were an inspirational presence for the new dads and vice versa. Mike, Todd and their sons Sean and Chetan worked tirelessly to paint the new birth center rooms. Thank you, thank you!
VILLAGE MOTHERS are taking the lead in introducing Sunrise's women's health services to fellow villagers in the 8 communities served. The focus is on maternal & newborn care, and ensuring access to safe, compassionate birth services. The maamas are eager to continue offering health outreach to their neighbors and keep on learning themselves.
VILLAGE FATHERS (see photo at top) are being mentored by Clinical Officer Geoffrey (Ugandan) on what it is to become dads and supportive partners. The new program is based on the "Paternity Project" curriculum authored by our Network Partner Cameroon Agenda for Sustainable Development (www.casdcam.org), funded by Global Force for Healing.The program has proven to be a very popular training in four modules, and is offered free of charge. To learn more or to request the curriculum for low-resource settings: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are proud to partner with Sunrise Centre's Grace Medical/Maternity on these breakthrough initiatives to offer quality care and educational support!
With love as the force,