SUPPORT EZRA UGANDA
We are an all-volunteer non-profit organization. Our mission is to support and assist the Abayudaya: the Jews of eastern Uganda. We focus on the village of Namutumba, and work to provide the Jewish community there with resources, medical care, and access to Jewish learning.
Our past projects in Namutumba have included providing solar power to the Abayudaya's synagogue, sponsoring the construction of a school in the village, building a village grainery, and providing hundreds of Shabbat meals for the community.
Namutumba has had a hard time dealing with COVID-19. The pandemic has exacerbated food shortages and the need for cleaning and hygiene supplies. We have managed to raise more than $18k, which has paid for two doses of the COVID vaccine for every eligable person in the village! We are now working toward raising another $10k to pay for village-wide booster shots!
Take a look at our photo gallery to see images of our brothers and sisters in Namutumba, and the Jewish communities in and around the city of Mbale, Uganda. Here, you can see what Jewish life looks like among the Abayudaya.
Ezra Ugada Assistance functions entirely on private donations. Because we are completely volunteer-run, we're able to keep our overhead low, and invest nearly every penny in our projects with the Abayudaya and Namutumba.
A VISIT TO UGANDA
In 2002, Rabbi Joseph Prouser traveled to Uganda with a delegation planned by our friends at Kulanu, an organization that supports isolated, emerging, and returning Jewish commuities around the globe.
During his trip, Rabbi Prouser performed official conversions and weddings for the Abayudaya. In 2004, Rabbi Prouser returned to Namutumba with his family, on behalf of Kulanu, to help the community celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim.
Check out this video interview with Rabbi Prouser about his experiences with the Abayudaya.
For more information about the Abayudaya and Kulanu’s work there, click here.