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Uganda In Crisis: An Update From Fr. Emmanuel

posted Sep 11, 2020, 11:23 AM by Ray Carissimi

Uganda is a landlocked country and one of the East African countries.

It is endowed with natural beauty with a variety of tourist sites ranging from ever green rain

forest, waterfalls, volcanic features like crater lakes, wildlife like the big five (Lions, Buffalos,

Elephants, Leopards, Giraffes, among others), food varieties and wonderful people in their varied

traditions and cultures. However, amidst all these endowments, most rural people still live in

poverty and find it hard to access basic necessities like running and clean water. There are also

natural calamities that often befall the citizens which leave devastating effects for the local



Locust Invasion

February 13, 2020, we got a report from our daily Newspapers that big swarms of Locusts had

invaded Uganda from the eastern border with Kenya. Fortunately, the government of Uganda

swung into action and mitigated the effects of the invasion by stopping them from spreading to

the other parts of the country. But the entire eastern and northern parts of Uganda suffered much

of the invasion. The locusts destroyed much of the green cover on the land including most

gardens of the people. This meant that the local communities would suffer from hunger and their

livestock would go without enough grass. The local communities are still trying to recover from

the aftermaths of the locust invasion. The government used hand spray pumps and choppers to

destroy the locusts. However, there is another feared looming invasion of the same insects that

has been announced by our government and everyone id on alert.



In March 18, 2020, our president addressed the nation and spelt out a number of directives to be

followed by all Ugandans, among which he announced the closure of all learning institutions. On

19 th and 20 th March we effected the directive by sending all our students home. From then on,

more directives have been given and the situation growing worse. Its of recent that the president

has started easing the lockdown. But Churches. Mosques, schools, Bars and saloons remain

closed. Many people lost their jobs including teachers; poverty has deepened, and most people

are desperate and frustrated. We have had already a number of suicide cases. Fortunately, there is

no death reported from the Corona Virus although we have now hit about 880 patients. Majority

of these have been discharged. We are still waiting and praying for the unlocking for the schools.



In our neighbouring diocese of Kasese just at the border with the Republic of Congo, floods

broke out destroying a big Hospital of Kilembe Mines, destroying several gardens, houses and

killing some people. The floods were caused by four rivers: Nyamugasani, Mubuku, Rubiriha

and Nyamwamba. The destroyed Hospital has been shifted to a primary school and that’s where

it is operating from since schools were locked down. Displaced people are currently living in

Camps. However, people in camps are facing serious challenges like lack of food, soap and

clothes, sanitary pads for ladies and girls, mattresses, blankets and tents for shelter and also

medicines. Many good willed people are trying to help but the need is so vast. The parish where I

have been going for summer supply in Germany is organising some fundraising for these people

living in camps. Already last week I took a donation from a friend of mine from Germany and I

handed it to the Bishop of Kasese. The situation is still alarming!



Danielle Burns Wins Outstanding Philanthropy Award for Her Work with UFI

posted Dec 23, 2019, 12:43 PM by Ray Carissimi   [ updated Dec 23, 2019, 12:45 PM ]

        We are so proud of our Danielle for all she's done for us, and now she's gotten the recognition she deserves!

        The Fairfield County and Connecticut Chapters of The Association of Fundraising Professionals has honored Danielle with the Oustanding Philanthropy Award: Outstanding Youth on November 8th, 2019. Now cancer free and attending college, Danielle will continue making such an amazing difference in the world. We thank her so much for everything she's accoplished and look forward to her future projects! Well done, Danielle!

West Shore Middle School Sponsors Walk for Water

posted Jun 3, 2019, 7:12 AM by Julia Manginelli   [ updated Jun 26, 2019, 9:50 AM ]

West Shore Middle School 7th graders sponsored a Walk for Water for Uganda Farmers, Inc. This was the culmination of a long unit of study within the social studies curriculum learning about water scarcity in Africa and what it means to be a humanitarian.

The students researched the many humanitarian crises and developed websites encouraging others about how to support people both here and abroad. The students chose Uganda Farmers Inc. because it was founded by two Milford residents which helped the students’ make a “real world” connection.   The founders of the organization, Jane Holler and Dan Marecki, came and shared with the students about how the monies raised through their organization provide pumps for clean, running water changing the lives within a whole village.  The students designed buttons, logos, fliers, t-shirts and bulletin boards to raise funds. Through all of their efforts, the students and teachers raised over $1,300! 

Meet Our Newest Team Member

posted Aug 7, 2018, 11:49 AM by Julia Manginelli   [ updated Aug 7, 2018, 12:02 PM ]

After being diagnosed with cancer at the age of sixteen, Danielle Burns was granted the opportunity to have a wish come true via the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Danielle's wish was to bring water to those in need in Africa and has since joined the team at Uganda Farmers, Inc. 

Here's Danielle's inspiring story:

Welcome to my wish. My name is Danielle. A month into my junior year of high school, I was diagnosed with cancer, at 16. When I was younger if you had asked me to Make A Wish, I would have told you “go to Bora Bora with Taylor Swift,” thinking I’d get two wishes in one. Little did I know, I would actually be eligible to make one. While I did consider a Mediterranean cruise or having brunch with Michelle Obama, I didn’t want to use my wish for something that would be over in a day or even a week. When I was around 6 or 7, I told my mom that when I was older I was going to fly to Africa with suitcases full of water bottles. How could I spend a week sailing across the water of the Mediterranean when there are kids younger than me who don’t even have clean water to drink? I decided to use the resources I have to do something similar to what my 6-year-old self had planned. I wanted to build a well in Africa, something that would last far longer than brunch or a cruise. After all, I have my entire life to meet Taylor Swift or attend the Ellen Show, and who knows, maybe I'll run into Michelle Obama in Whole Foods some day. Until then, I am working with Uganda Farmers, Inc. to build a well for a primary and high school, supplying 2,250 students with clean water. Uganda Farmers, Inc. is a non-profit that has been traveling to Africa for 11 years had has built 7 wells. My wish will grant me a visit to Uganda to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the well, but there is a lot to be done before then. Think about the money you spend on all of your utilities. Now think about how much more it would cost you with far fewer resources. As you can imagine, it is not cheap to dig a well in desert land. There is a lot of fundraising to be done, including a 5k in Milford, CT in October. In the meantime, if you would like to help, you can donate. Any donation large or small is appreciated, not only by me but the children in Uganda. They need this.

Danielle (middle) with her mother and Father Godfrey Musabe

Sixth Annual Running Water for Africa 5K

posted Sep 18, 2017, 7:50 AM by Julia Manginelli

Thank you to all participants, sponsors, and volunteers for helping make our sixth annual Running Water for Africa 5K a great event! 


Thank you to our sponsors!
Holler Law Firm

Attorney Tara Galbo

Dr. Deidre Galbo, DVM

Attorney Jane Holler & Attorney Dan Marecki

Betty Geller, Artist

Frank Scott Bunnell High School, Michele Croteau

Cindy & Bill Bevan

Julie Manginelli

Debbie and Rich Stinchcomb

Shelly & Dave Gibson

Judge Beverly Streit-Kefalas

Nicholson Associates, Charles Cullen

Veronica & Donald Thomas

Hilda & Dick Wilson

MS Running, Marty Schaivone

St. Gabriel Church

First Baptist Church

Trumbull Congregational Church   

M.J. Gleason, Seabreeze Pizza Plus

Dr. Christine Lathuras, Sunrise Family Dental Care

Susan Patrick, Walnut Beach Creamery

Jennifer Greene

Fred Petrella, Connecticut Realty Group, LLC

Erma & Larry Canty

Jennie and Mel Aden

John Powers & Robert Powers, Musicians


South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority

American Medical Response

Julia’s Bakery

Dunkin Donuts

We're in the Paper!

posted Feb 27, 2017, 12:51 PM by Julia Manginelli

Click here to read an article in the New Haven Register about our most recent water projects!

Drilling has Begun in Nganiko

posted Sep 3, 2015, 11:16 AM by Julia Manginelli

During the last week of December, 2014, the drilling company we have hired, Draco (U) Ltd., traveled to Nganiko to survey the land and to begin drilling the borehole.  The project is underway and completion is expected in January 2015, in time for the opening of the medical clinic.  

Thank you to all who have donated and helped out to make this possible for our friends in Uganda!  We are very excited to keep you updated on the progress.  Please check back for more details.

**UPDATE: As of winter 2015, the water project in Nganiko is complete. During their visit to Uganda in May when they spent time Nganiko, UFI officers signed the contract to expand upon the Nganiko water project after learning the borehole and well are capable of producing enough water to benefit hundreds of more people in the area on a daily basis.

New Haven Register Article

posted Jan 2, 2015, 12:47 PM by Julia Manginelli

Click here to read an article about our water project in Ihunga published by the New Haven Register.

Our 3rd annual 5k race was a great success!

posted Aug 11, 2014, 9:59 AM by Julia Manginelli

We are thrilled to announce that we have reached our goal and water will be running in Ihunga very soon!

Thank you to all participants, donors, and volunteers!

You may view the race results here.

Kyle Holler Nominated for Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program

posted Mar 17, 2014, 1:57 PM by Julia Manginelli   [ updated Aug 11, 2014, 1:29 PM ]

Kyle Holler has been nominated by Jane Holler, President of Uganda Farmers, Inc., for the 2014 Kohl's Cares Scholarship program.  Kyle has been volunteering with Uganda Farmers for the past few years and has put much effort in assisting us prepare for our annual 5K among other fundraising events.

Best of luck to Kyle!

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