Martin Weusthoff volunteered on July 11th in Uganda with the Hope for Africa Child Foundation. In preparation for his family trip to Uganda, he and his wife led an effort to raise $2000 to purchase and ship 10 sewing machines and 2 sergers to the foundation in Bujagali, Uganda. Martin and his wife partner Hope for Africa Child Foundation, who empower women and children in the small African village of Bujagali. Many girls and women in the village do not have access to sanitary products, which leads to low school attendance, stigma, and an alarmingly high teen pregnancy rate. The world’s youngest grandmother (26 years old) comes from this district.
These sewing machines will allow young women in the village to manufacture reusable sanitary products for themselves, and for resale to other villages, as well as empowering the women by providing them with a valuable skill. Martin and his wife traveled with their children to Bujagali, where they handed over the sewing machines, met many of the women who will be learning to use them to manufacture the products, and played with hundreds of children in their weekly children’s gathering. Uganda has always been close to the Weusthoff's hearts (they adopted their 2 children from Uganda 5 years ago). "It is very exciting and rewarding to begin a new partnership with these beautiful people," says Martin.