MILK AND EGGS
As often happens with great mission projects, we are expanding from our original mission into a project borne out of the specific needs of the community we serve. We are ready to expand our services from nutritional and surgical support (click here to learn about our Milk and Eggs program) to reaching burn families all around the region. We want to serve more families that don’t have the resources to get the burn care they need and deserve.
As you may know from supporting our milk and eggs program in the past, the local hospital treats children for severe burns due to open fires, paraffin, and boiling water. Many of our children are in the hospital for many months, undergoing multiple skin graft surgeries and therapies. Other area hospitals don’t have dedicated burn units like LACOR. They are treating burned patients on their standard surgical and medical wards.
THE BURN VILLAGE
With that in mind, we purchased land a mile from LACOR hospital to build our “Burn Village”. We plan to have tiled huts, a safe kitchen, clean water, a garden, goats, chickens, and a gathering space. We hope to add a playground and library if we have room. The hub of our village will be an outpatient nursing center and therapy room. Our village will be an interim care and rehab center for patients and families affected by burns.
Our humble plan began on a piece of paper with some yellow post-it notes. Nothing fancy or official. We are just two women with a heart for people, some background in healthcare, and enough tenacity to think that this just might work. The Acholi people have given us Acholi birthright names to represent us: “Lamara” and “Aber”. Lamara means “woman who loves all people”. Aber means “woman who asks for many things and gets them because people want to help her)”. These names are a perfect representation of who we are and how we came to create this project.