In 1989, as a young girl, Rose Nanyonga was forced to leave her family’s village in Uganda. She was alone and, as a female in Uganda without family protection, she had little hope. At the root of her forced departure was a conflict between Rose’s practicing of the Christian faith and her family’s desire for her to take part in witchcraft. Witchcraft, which can include the abhorrent practice of child sacrifice, is practiced in parts of Uganda and had driven a wedge between Rose and her family.
Upon leaving her village Rose began a 52 kilometer journey that would take her from her home village of Bamunanika to Kiwoko. Amidst the hopelessness of this journey she found Ian and Robbie Clarke, Irish citizens working to establish better medical care in Uganda. This encounter with the Clarke’s would forever alter the direction of Rose’s life. Under their care, Rose would once again be part of a family. She also began a career in nursing which would lead to her working as Director of Clinical Operations at International Hospital Kampala (IHK) in Uganda.
Today Rose balances responsibilities with IHK, a Ph.D program at Yale University, and assistance to numerous organizations including Narrow Road, where she serves as a board member. On July 11, 2009, with the support and company of individuals from 5 different countries, Rose walked the same 52 kilometers from Bamunanika to Kiwoko. This journey, 20 years after her initial footsteps on this path, was the beginning of a new pursuit that continues on July 9, 2011.
Rose is an ambassador for many in Uganda who are unwanted, unloved, uncared for, and without hope. She holds their stories in her heart, and seeks others to help her in this cause. Specifically, Rose desires to provide opportunities for young girls to enter the medical profession. She seeks to provide medical care to those who need it most but do not have the means to pay for their treatment. And she seeks to raise the issue of child sacrifice so that additional lives are not needlessly lost. Rose’s walk for 2011 has three goals:
1.) Raise $10,000 to establish a scholarship fund for future Ugandan nurses.
2.) Raise $15,000 for use in the Hope Ward of IHK where charitable medical care is provided.
3.) Provide an additional platform to increase awareness about child sacrifice.
To Donate to Rose’s Journey and cause visit: http://www.narrowroadintl.org
The Uganda Diaspora Network is a forum aimed at bringing together Ugandans who live and work abroad by celebrating their contributions overseas and also encouraging them to give of their time, talents, ideas and expertise whilst inspiring the next generation of Ugandan leaders.
Every year the Ugandan Diaspora Network will organize an annual Social Networking Gala and will also produce a quarterly publication highlighting the successes of the various Ugandans residing overseas. Please send us those inspirational stories and philanthropic work involving Ugandans abroad. We shall share these stories using this platform that is rapidly growing and expanding. The Next Diaspora Social Networking Gala will be Held on 30th December 2016 at The Kampala Serena Hotel.
Thank you Rose for your dedication and hard work. We need more people like you to help change the world. God bless you and everything you do.
Thanks for advocating and being an ambassodor for the children. People need to be educated and be prayed for that the truth will be revealed to them.Jesus said that He is the way, thetruth and life [John 14.6], He also is the sacrificial lamb which was slain, therefore sacrificing children is not going to make any change and those who believe in any other sacrifice other than the Lord Jesus is wasting precious life. I pray that God visits those people with His salvation and that whatever had blinded their minds be removed for them to know the truth that will make them free from the demonic bondage and blindness [John 8.32] God bless you and help you fulfill your dream. Grace.London
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