Our speaker Tuesday, May 9, 2017 was Diane Reader Jones. Diane’s story was reported in the Hamilton Spectator in this article from last November: http://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/6959258-how-a-small-act-of-caring-changed-lives/. Back in 2003 Diane sponsored a young girl named Sharon in Uganda. Over time Diane sent Sharon money and on one occasion a laptop so that she could complete her studies. Sharon is now Dr. Sharon Mutesasira and Diane has just returned from a visit to Sharon in Uganda.
The other reason for Diane’s visit to Uganda was to meet Dr. Jean Chamberlain Froese, the creator of Save the Mothers in Uganda. Diane showed several pictures of young mothers going to the clinic that Dr. Jean founded in Uganda. Child birth is a very different proposition in East Africa as many young mothers die while given birth.
It is remarkable, in face, Save the Mothers has reduced the mortality rate by 25% between the years 2011 and 2016.
A more recent article in the Spectator: http://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/7309889-saving-mothers-one-modest-step-at-a-time/ shared more details about Diane, Sharon and Dr. Jean's experience. Dr. Jean and her husband Thomas have now moved back to Dundas. A fund raising walk for Save the Mothers will be held at the Dundas Driving Park on Saturday.