We want to thank everyone for the prayers and support in our attempt to get a container of food with over 170,000 nutrient-rich meals to Uganda. The long story short is that the Uganda government levied a 300% tax on our food, which was triple the amount we paid in 2015. Because of the increase, the container sat at the border as we sought clarification from the Ugandan Revenue Authority. Unfortunately, the response was not quick or clear. We have been working with the Ugandan ambassador to the U.S. in getting clarification on Ugandan law as to why the tax is so much.
With that said, we’re ecstatic the container has finally reached Bethel Junior School! Not only does it feed our kiddos at the school during the week, but it enables us to reach 750+ community kids (and their families) each Saturday for our Super Saturday Feeding Program. Most importantly, these families are able to see a tangible expression of God’s love as the local church ministers to the needs of the community.
We’re still short about $10,000 for this program due to the increase in the tax. Each meal is still only $0.16/meal, so the investment is still a good one. We will be formulating a plan moving forward as we anticipate this food lasting about 12-16 months due to the increase in participation by the community children.
We’d love your help in paying the remainer of bill for this container. We are committed to seeing Less Orphans, More Families, and praise God we have this container for the next 16 months as a focal point for ministry in Uganda. We continue to ask God for wisdom in the future.