When the floods struck in the northeast of Uganda, hundreds of thousands of people were stranded, with zero access to food, roads or hope.
We were contacted by a local mosque who supplied us with a generous donation to assist the victims of this disaster. We arranged a large truck, bought 3 tons of maize flour and beans, plus 50 rounds of malaria medicine, stretching the money as far as possible.
We had already collected 3 tons of brand new warm jackets, shirts, trousers and children’s clothes donated by the local business community as well as several other concerned individuals who were touched by the reality of the desperate plight of so many.
The Ministry of Disaster Preparedness supplied a truck for us to transport the tons of donations to Soroti (the nearest city). We’d previously arranged to airlift the goods by military helicopter to the isolated camp, once we’d reached Soroti, but the Ugandan President arrived just an hour before we did, and required the helicopter for his travel to survey the disaster zone.
The UN helicopters were also unavailable, so after exhausting all other possible means of transporting the donated goods across the vast expanses of water, we finally secured a local boat, which had an exceptionally deep hull. Despite all logic and appearances, it amazingly fit all 6+ tons. The heavily laden boat was then skillfully maneuvered through the floods to the other side. Another borrowed truck was waiting to load up the donated items from the boat and take them all the way into the Ngariam camp.
People were touched, and very grateful, having received nothing since the heavy floods had hit them many weeks before. They exclaimed that now they knew they had not been forgotten, nor stranded!