Has lived in Jinja, Uganda for over 10 years. She is a teacher of a women's ministry there, and she is the administrator of the Children's Clinic (OPD) of the Jinja Hospital. Here at Unity, we are proud to support the work God is doing through Diana in Uganda, Africa. Her work is training rural women in Biblical studies, Health Education, and facilitating Adult Literacy. Being the proprieter at the Children's Clinic of the OPD of the Children's Hospital in Jinja, on a daily basis, they serve 150-200 children with all kinds of sickness and disease. She does work for Global Outreach International which is a faith based ministry. God has called this dear lady to go beyond the boundaries of our comfortable lives to seek, serve, teach, proclaim the gospel, and disciple women and children in the uttermost parts of the earth. Diana's desire to serve the Lord is immeasurable. As Diana puts it, "I love what I do."
*In the Rakai District, 32% of children under 15 are orphans
*In the Masaka region, 110,000 children are orphans
*One of every four Ugandan families cares for an orphan whose parent(s) died of HIV/AIDS
*Civil war between rebel group "the Lord's Resistance Army" (LRA) and the Government of Uganda
*Child abduction for soldiers, labor, and sexual slaves by LRA
*More than 1.3 million people forced from their homes
*Health care crisis: access to care very limited and costly
*Many farmers work at the subsistence level
Despite Uganda's fertile soil, favorable weather, and improving economy, more than half the population is poverty-stricken. Some 80% of people are engaged in agriculture, growing crops of coffee, sugar, tobacco, potatoes, corn, and cassava.
UGANDA, AFRICA CONT.
Since gaining its independence from the United Kingdom in 1962, Uganda has experienced political unrest, mass killings, and civil wars that have left the country crippled economically. Yoweri Museveni of the National Resistance Movement became president in 1986 and introduced democratic reforms, improved the country's human rights record, as well as instituted solid economical growth. However, Museveni has had difficulty controlling rebels in the north and west of Uganda.
National health care is in a poor state and is further stressed by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Today 5% of adults, or more than a half million people, are infected with HIV/AIDS. The consequences of this disease are severe: life expectancy has dropped, infant mortality has increased, and nearly 900,000 children have become orphaned following the deaths of parents or guardians.
In 2004, Uganda continued its 17-year battle against the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA)-an extremist rebel group in northern Uganda backed by Sudan. Approximately 10,000 children have been abducted by the LRA to be trained as soldiers, and approximately 1.5 million families have left their homes as a result of violence and the fear that their children will be kidnapped.
To contact Diana Ferrell:
PO Box 1764
Mobile phone: 011 256 77 266 1293
Home: 011 256 43 412 3618
Plot 33 Lubogo Road
PO Box 1
Tupelo, MS 38820
662- 842- 4615
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