Tuesday, September 06, 2016

ROTOM - More of a Good Thing

On Wednesday, September 7th I will be travelling to Uganda with an EMI team to serve ROTOM with a Phase 2 project team.

Reach One Touch One Ministries is a ministry to the elderly in Mukono, Uganda. In 2003 the founder of ROTOM, Kenneth Mugayehwenkyi, discovered the need of the elderly when he sponsored two young children and learned that their parents had died of AIDS and that their lone caregiver was their grandmother. She had great need in caring for both herself and her grandchildren and she was not alone; AIDS, war, and other factors have left many elderly to care for their grandchildren.

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In 2007, EMI Canada sent a team to Uganda to design an out-patient medical clinic and administrative offices for ROTOM. With the Project Report and drawings produced by that team, ROTOM was helped in its fundraising efforts and in the construction of these first facilities. In the master plan, EMI allocated space and resources to expand ROTOM’s capacity to serve the seniors, such as in-patient care, staff housing, and a community centre.

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With the initial proposal constructed and with the care of seniors now ongoing, ROTOM is ready to pursue Phase 2 and EMI is ready to return to assist in their process of planning, fund-raising, and construction but putting vision to paper and dreams into constructible form.

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I am extremely excited about the team God has put together during my recruitment efforts. Our architect, electrical engineer, and civil engineers are from the USA, our structural engineer is from the UK, our landscape architect is from Nigeria, and my two interns are from Canada. We are also looking forward to meeting and serve together with a Uganda architect who has helped ROTOM with detailed design and to navigate the local construction process.

For more information on ROTOM, see there introduction video by clicking here.

To see EMI’s constructed first phase, see senior’s being care for, and learn more about the next phase, see the awesome video my colleague Braden put together here.

Please keep us in prayer as we travel in the air and on the ground. We will first visit the EMI Uganda office in Kajjansi, where they share an office with Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF). We will then travel a little further, beyond the capital Kampala, to ROTOM’s location in Mukono.

Thank you to all our supporters and friends who make it possible for me to serve with EMI in this way!