Maureen: Discarded by Everyone but God
“My name is Maureen. I am 17 years old and two months pregnant. My boyfriend, Wako, has no job and he lives with his parents. My mother is a widow and I am an orphan, as I lost my father three years ago. My mother asked me to abort this baby but I don’t have money to do abortion.
When I decided to go to my boyfriend’s home, his parents drove me away bitterly and said I should never step on their compound again because I come from a very poor family. They said their son cannot have me because of my poverty and background. My mother said I can not live with her because I am pregnant. She said, You are a grown woman now, carrying a baby, so go and find your own home.
Amidst this confusion and all the setbacks, I had decided to take poison and die. For two days I stayed in a church, hungry. I couldn’t afford to buy food or the poison I needed to take my life and my baby’s life. Today, pastor came to church for lunch-hour fellowship, and the Spirit told him that someone was in his church who was planning to kill herself.
He spoke to everyone and said, If you are planning to commit suicide, please don’t. Come to me and share your troubles with me, for the Lord is faithful. I walked up to him with tears flowing down my face, and I told him my story. From the church pulpit, he picked up his phone and called someone named brother Henry.
Because God told the pastor about me, now I am at New Beginnings and I am hoping for a place at Ruth House, so I can safely deliver my baby. I say thank you to the people who support New Beginnings!
We are hoping to make room for Maureen in Ruth House (our shelter for mothers and mothers-to-be). The amount we need for her food and shelter for the first few months comes to $318 (USD). With this amount of money, she will have her own bed (in a room she will share with another young mother-to-be) and enough vitamins and food to keep both Maureen and her baby healthy through the full term of the pregnancy. She will be watched over and cared by our on-site midwife. While she is with us, she will receive weekly spiritual encouragement, and as our tutors are able to begin their visits (Covid travel restrictions now being lifted) she will begin vocational training either in tailoring or hairdressing. Will you give a little ($5, $25, $75 or more) to help make all of this possible for Maureen? Your gift will be tax-deductible and processed through our USA Partners 501 (c)(3) non-profit, United for Life Foundation, Birmingham, Alabama. Thank you and God bless you!
About our work
The Mission of New Beginnings Int. Ministries Uganda is to
BUILD FAMILIES’ FUTURES
HEAL THROUGH HEALTHCARE
SHELTER AT-RISK MOTHERS & MOTHERS-TO-BE AT RUTH HOUSE
Since 2009, under the direction of founder, Isoba Henry, New Beginnings has been providing humanitarian aid and comfort to impoverished and threatened women and children. As a newborn, Isoba Henry himself was abandoned and left to die at a garbage dump. But God, it seems, had other plans. Thanks to local police, little Henry was delivered into the hands of an adoptive American couple who raised Henry as their own. His parents brought him up as a Christian, putting him through school and sowing within his heart the seeds of greatness.
Henry explains, “I was rescued from death. Now, to give back to my nation, I want to rescue others as well; offering them life, safety, education and hope for the future.” And this is precisely what he has done. Since 2009 when he founded New Beginnings, Henry and his team of volunteers have been working to save lives and build futures. Here is how New Beginnings works to accomplish its mission:
SAVE CHILDREN – Through love, counseling and assistance, your gifts help us stand up for innocent lives that are being threatened with violence and death; We also provide medication and basic health assistance to children in our Extended Family Orphan Care program (EXFOC) when their adult care-takers are unable to do so. When sudden, deadly disease strikes children and babies, New Beginnings is there to offer medication, support, and if needed, assistance to reach care in hospital. When you give to New Beginnings, you will help save lives and build futures!
EMPOWER WOMEN – New Beginnings helps families become self-reliant by providing widows with simple Business-Building Loans (BBL) and entrepreneurial training to boost their small enterprises and help them care for the orphaned children in their homes. Over time, as these small businesses grow, owners can better care for their families and repay their loans. Our Business-Building Loan program has been so successful that today we have many, many families on the waiting list. When you give to New Beginnings, you help empower women build family businesses.
BUILD FAMILIES’ FUTURES – In Uganda, as everywhere, education is key to a child’s future success. When you support New Beginnings, you help under-resourced children receive the education they need for a brighter tomorrow. At the outset of each school term, New Beginnings offers to orphans the required school supplies such as writing tablets, pens and pencils. We also pay school fees for those who are unable to afford them. The result? Each year, more eager-to-learn children are able to attend school. When you give to New Beginnings, you help young scholars find their future success through education.
HEAL THROUGH HEALTHCARE – In Uganda, 95 percent of the population lives in rural, resource-insecure areas and 80% of Ugandan women (in regions with high birthrates) have limited access to appropriate care. The leading cause of death for Ugandan girls ages 15-18 is pregnancy, and 20% of maternal deaths are caused by abortion-related complications. New Beginnings is working to meet both the near-term and long-term health needs of Uganda’s at-risk mothers and children through construction and staffing of local medical clinics and community healthcare training. The capital budget established for Clinic #1 construction is $80,000 (USD). Will you help? When you give through the form on our donate page, enter the keyword CLINIC in the field which reads: in honor of. Thank you!
RUTH HOUSE HOME FOR MOTHERS & MOTHERS-TO-BE – Established by New Beginnings in Iganga, Ruth House is a home for vulnerable women and girls who are pregnant and homeless or pregnant and threatened with starvation or violence in their homes of origin. Ruth House provides safety (it is within a secure walled compound with locking doors) and provides residents with a bed, food, water, electric light, food preparation space and a bathroom. In addition, residents receive education and vocational career training. The first training program is centered on tailoring. You may give directly to the support of Ruth House by adding the words RUTH HOUSE (in the “In Honor Of” field provided) on our donate page.