“If you dreamed you could change the world, dream this: that all mothers and babies would experience a safe pregnancy and birth, that all children would be welcomed into the arms of a loving family.”
St. Joseph Family Life Center is being built in Masaka, Uganda. It is a project of Maternal Life International (MLI), a 501 c3 non-profit organization headquartered in Butte, Montana. (www.mlionline.org) MLI is committed to health care and social development based upon respect for the life and dignity of all persons, born and unborn.
The center will allow us to provide training to maternal health care providers, religious and pastoral leaders and couples from Uganda and surrounding East African countries. Those trained at the center can then bring the training back to their own hospitals and communities.
At the heart of life-affirming health care development is the profound need for safe births and secure families.
· Throughout Africa, women and babies die because there is no skilled obstetrical or newborn care. In rural areas the lifetime risk of a woman dying from complications of child birth can be as high as 1 in 16 compared to 1 in 7500 in the United States. Without skilled birth attendance, women and babies die from obstructed labor, from complications of toxemia or bleed to death from a post-partum hemorrhage.
· Throughout the world, millions of children suffer physically and mentally because they lack a stable family life. Studies show that 35% of children grow up in a household where they experience two or more “Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s),” ranging from separation/divorce to physical, emotional and sexual abuse, parental incarceration or parental substance abuse.
Together we must change this. We must work courageously to build a culture which provides safe births and nurtures the constructs of marriage and family so necessary for human flourishing. Our priorities and programs are practical and grassroots – teaching midwives safe birth techniques, providing community and pastoral leaders with programs for marriage renewal and formation, developing the physical infrastructure needed for life-saving Cesarean sections and supporting safe, stable and nurturing relationships within families.
The dream of St. Joseph Family Life Center has begun and will continue to be realized with your support. The first building in the complex is nearly finished. It is called the Dr. Peter Sorini Training Center. It is dedicated to the memory and legacy of Dr. Peter Sorini who died from a malignant brain tumor at the age of 56. His wife and three daughters want to see his commitment to the healing of others continue in the work of the Dr. Sorini center.
We are passionate about life! We have a beautiful and capable team at Maternal Life Uganda led by Gonzaga and Paskazia Lubega. They have provided trainings in marriage and family life development in sixteen African countries. We partner with faith-based institutions in Uganda to provide life-saving obstetrical training and resources – from helping babies breathe to ultrasound to managing of post-partum hemorrhage.
We are volunteers and all of your donation goes to the St. Joseph Family Life Center. If you are inspired to offer a major gift for a building within the complex we will honor it with your name or the name of someone you choose – as we have done with the Dr. Peter Sorini Center. We are trying to raise 60,000 dollars for the next phase of construction which includes dormitories and a kitchen and dining hall. This will allow us to begin operations! We are most grateful for any gift, no matter how small or large. Please know how grateful we for your support in building a culture of life through the St. Joseph Family Life Center.
Life is a beautiful choice. We want to be that choice to be the one for all mothers, families and children in Africa! St. Joseph, pray for us. St. Joseph inspire us to be guardians of life!