Justine Mirembe, Mama Whitney, Mariam Nabulime - Salon school and Local Shop - Goal = $1,220
This woman has been a part of Heshima since the beginning.
She has had an extremely difficult road she's had to walk as a survivor of sexual assault.
Will you help her reach her goal of providing for her daughter by learning how to do hair?
We need One-Time donations and monthly partners to keep this vital ministry going each month.
Mariam Nabulime's family
Here is the report from our staff on the ground in Lumuli:
Justine is 21 yrs old with a 2.5 year old baby girl named Esther. Six years ago towards the end of a term while in school, there was a special Christian fellowship conference that happened at her school where “big” pastors were invited as special guests to speak to the students. She was among the students and they later asked them to come forward if any of them needed special prayer time. She was among the people that came forward.
When they laid hands on her, demons arose and she started shouting and crying just like a crazy person. They continued praying for her there was no change. Days became months, months to years she was considered a crazy woman. Eating on the streets, throwing stones at people and doing all the things that demonized people do. A few months later, the pastor that had prayed for her asked her mom to give her to him so that he can continue praying for her from his home because there were other girls that he rehabilitated who were in a similar situation as her. Her mom said yes because she surely wanted her daughter to be fine.
While staying at the pastor’s home, with time she was healed not completely but the craziness became seasonal. She was actually registered into a nearby school so as to resume school. It wasn’t long after the craziness became frequent again. One day, she was okay and the pastor called her in a private place and told her that since her sickness wasn’t healing permanently, then he twisted a scripture and told her that she can only be healed if he laid down on her.
She didn’t want it, but he sexually assaulted her. After weeks of trauma and talking to a few people about what had happened but no help, she decided to go back to her mother.
Four months after, she found out she was pregnant with Esther. When she called the Pastor to tell him, he denied the pregnancy. He was a married man. She then approached his wife and she said she didn’t want to hear about such nonsense. She went through the pregnancy by herself, found a new church, she was prayed over and received total deliverance and healing. She started to make samosas (a local snack) and sell them on road sides to earn money to be able to take care of her daughter. A few months later, she started to work as a house help in someone’s home. Good thing-she was allowed to work with her daughter.
She wants to be able to earn more money and educate her baby girl; love and protect her. She thinks she can do this by owning something like a salon. It’s a passion she has had for a long time.
Justine and 3 other local women, Mama Whitney, Mariam Nabulime, and one other, hope to attend school for 3 months to learn all the local hair techniques. Then they would like to rent a salon local to their community. This will cost just under 4,124,000 shillings - which is roughly $1220, which includes 3 months of travel and salon school, as well as all the capital to set up a new salon. Would you partner with us to make her new business a reality? As always, our projects are considered "Micro-Investments." Each women, after she becomes profitable and can pay for normal expenses, begins to pay back her investment into our community fund, which will go to fund MORE projects for the women.
Would you partner with us? $20? $50? Do you have a Sunday School class that could rally together and raise all $950? We are featuring Justine and 7 other projects this fall that we would love to get funded ASAP if at all possible! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Mama Whitney's Family
Can you donate $25? Any number is welcome, but if we can get 12 friends to share $25, we are funded!!
We will keep you updated here with a percentage of what has been raised! Thank you so much for considering helping her!