We are moms and dads, college students and athletes, professionals in our prime and professionals approaching retirement. What brought us together was a life changing experience in Uganda, Africa, in the summer of 2016. While ministering to orphans in small villages and rural towns, we recognized that if you’re struggling to buy food, you don’t have money to buy medicine. And in Uganda, if you can’t pay for medical care, you don’t get any. We started MAMO, Medical Assistance and Missional Outreach, to help support Ugandan pastors as they care for orphans by “standing in the gap” when it comes to medical needs. What started as a vision has become a full-fledged reality, led by our co-founder, Marchauna Rodgers, who completed a Master’s degree in development expressly for the purpose of most effectively serving the communities we partner with. JUST WANT SPACE!!
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- Our first level of impact is providing basic medical support to children living in extreme poverty in rural Uganda. We do that by partnering with pastors in our fledgling network, providing medical supplies like pain reliever and fever reducer, antibiotic ointment for wound care, deworming pills, malaria treatment, and rehydration salts. We also provide, with the help of Ugandan nurses, “first-aider” training, equipping teachers at each school to use the supplies we provide.
- Based on an assessment completed in 2019, we’re adding an annual trip to provide refresher training to make sure first-aiders are up-to-date on information and to help with attrition, a natural part of any context.
- We hope to soon start an endowment to provide scholarships to educate nurses and midwives who can then go back and serve in those clinics, giving back to the communities where they received their initial instruction. Once fully-funded, the endowment will make it possible to send a qualifying student to nursing school every single year. We also want to start a scholarship to educate teachers to serve in partner schools as well.
- MAMO is not about Americans having all the answers, swooping in to fix everything, or coming in after a disaster. It is about SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT and MOBILIZATION of resources to support Ugandan pastors and teachers as they serve the thousands of children in the 19 schools and orphanages in our network.
- MAMO’s desire is to cultivate a heart of compassion in those we encounter and encourage a missional mindset in the generations to come.
Ultimately, MAMO is about fulfilling the Second Greatest Commandment and being “good neighbors.” We are driven by a desire to treat others the way we want to be treated and to practice “true and undefiled religion” as defined by James 1:27.
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