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During Services

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The Namanyonyi Synagogue
The Namanyonyi Synagogue

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Reading Torah
Reading Torah

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UPDATE: We Did It!

Thanks to our generous donors, we raised enough money to fully vaccinate all of Namutumba against COVID-19! Learn more about our inoculation work here.

Areas of Focus

Education

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We know that education is the key to community advancement. We've provided the Namutumba school--which serves Jewish, Christian, and Muslim children together, electricity through solar panels, and have helped many members of the Abayudaya community pay for primary, secondary, and higher educational fees. We have also provided educational materials for Namutumba's children and illiterate adults.

Entrepreneurship

We emphasize the development of  entrepreneurial projects that will eventually allow the residents of Namutumba to support themselves. These have included small community businesses such as the raising and selling of poultry, eggs, and livestock, boda-boda (motorized scooter-taxis) rentals and rideshares, and even the opening of small stores in the larger Namutumba town center. 

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Health

We help to provide preventative medical care, including fully inoculating the village--Jews and non-Jews alike--against COVID-19; we've also sent dozens of mosquito nets to stem outbreaks of malaria. We provide an emergency fund to the village council, to be distributed to families in need due to medical emergencies. Through this fund, we recently saved the life of a premature infant who needed expensive care in a far-away hospital.  

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infrastructure

We focus on improving Namutumba's infrastructure and the community's ability to sustain itself. We've  provided shared community oxen and plows, which are used to work the land and farm more efficiently; funded the acquisition of solar panels for dozens of individual homes and community structures; built a granary for the storage of surplus crops; and are working on developing more boreholes to ensure clear water supply. 

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jewish life

We work to supply Hebrew and Jewish educational materials for the Abayudaya of Namutumba. We have also brought the community with its first full-sized, Kosher Torah; funded the construction of the community synagogue; performed Jewish marriage ceremonies for multiple couples in the village; and facilitated the Jewish schooling of the community rabbi and cantor.

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Services in Lusoga

In November 2021, Ezra Uganda Assistance executive board member Samantha Mandeles traveled to Namutumba, Uganda to bring the Abayudaya community there its first ever full-sized, Kosher Torah. 

 

Sam stayed with the Abayudaya in Namutumba for two weeks and was able to join the community for services in the synagogue. The Abayudaya of Namutumba pray in Hebrew and local languages Luganda and Lusoga, and using both Ashkenazi and Ugandan tunes.

Check out this video of Abayaudaya services in Namutumba. (Un-mute by mousing over the video and tapping the sound-on button.)

For more photos and information about Sam's visit to Namutumba, click here.