A team of 20 intrepid runners from our church are going to run the half-marathon on Sunday 5 May. They’ll be raising money for the Petal project and CUCMUK, projects we support in our link parish Naminage, a village in Uganda.
The Petal project is a re-usable sanitary towel micro-enterprise that operates in Naminage. Their target market is school girls - over 60% of school girls in Uganda miss multiple days of school every month because they can't afford to buy menstrual hygiene products.
By making and producing reusable sanitary towels locally, the cost of the product can stay low. This means girls can afford to access school every day. It's a valuable product, removing a barrier to girls' education and improving menstrual hygiene knowledge and gender equality within Naminage.
CUCMUK supports and promotes children's ministry in the Church of Uganda. It works to promote child welfare and safeguarding within the church. It provides training to church leaders in facilitating children to know Jesus, and the project works to educate church leaders about prevalent issues - FGM, gender inequality, safeguarding and child marriage, to name a few.
Richard Rukundo recently visited Ascension to share about his work with CUCMUK, and we're really excited about how children are being promoted as the future of the church.
Our runners love your support on the day to keep them running! And please consider sponsoring them to support the valuable work that the Petal project and CUCMUK are doing.
We'll be collating funds here in Southampton and then sending these on to our Ugandan partners.