On Tuesday this week I received an email from Joseph Aba asking for urgent help for one of the fathers that CRESS supports, a certain Elly Mawa. Elly has 2 children educated by CRESS and is the archdeacon of the parish of Bori and leads a large church as well as his community. Elly was the man who last September cycled 26 miles to arrive at the Bishop’s house by 9.00am for me to present him with a clergy robe! I remember when I asked him what time he had started and how long it had taken he could not say. This is how the African’s cope with challenges such as cycling large distances or walking miles for water.
The email I received typically started with thanking CRESS for the support given previously for 2 other sufferers of Hepatitis B and I share below.
I would like to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to you in particular and sponsors who responses to our plea for our fellow clergy and sponsored children who have affected with Hepatitis B., for example Canon Charles and the son of Eluzai Loboka, Stephen. We have witnessed a tremendous improvement in Charles and Stephen. the recent test indicated that their liver were free and very good. This has brought a lot hope and happiness to us all. In our last parents meeting, one of the parent, Venerable Eli Mawa, the archdeacon of Bori Archdeaconry, was not able to attend, he stop on the way because of the severe pain of his organs. He was suffering all along with Hepatitis B. once I made him in Kampala for a treatment. This days he can not go because of South Sudanese current complete devaluation. He went to Lijo clinic and was diagnosis that his liver is started to be affected and he should quickly rush for treatment. Pray for him. Only $450 is needed for examination, medicines, transport among other.
On receiving this I was able to email back and let Joseph and the Bishop know that CRESS had the funds to support sending Elly Mawa to Kampala for treatment – I received this reply on Thursday afternoon from Joseph Aba,
Archdeacon Elly and the whole family were thrilled. They did not believed that help will come when they have all lost hope and surrender to the cruelty and mercy of sickness. When I break to him to news of support from CRESS founder, that break his hearts into tears of joy and senses of hope were restored. Thank you so much for your support once again.
I received a personal thank you from Bishop Anthony Poggo for the speedy response – on talking with Fred Taban who is staying with us he said it was so helpful that CRESS is small enough to respond immediately to requests as these matters cannot wait for a committee decision!
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