News Release

Uganda Celebrates "Mormon Helping Hands"

The 30th of August 2013 marked the formal closure of the Mormon helpings 2013 projects in Uganda.  As part of the Mormon helping hands activity for the year 2013, over 700 volunteers worked on over a dozen project giving 3000 man hours of service together with 22 partners spanning the country. 

The ceremony held at the Kololo chapel was attended by 3 members of parliament, the mayor of Bugember Municipality in Jinja,  Journalists from TV, radio and print media from across the country, local leaders, heads of institutions that  directly benefited from the helping hands initiative, leaders of participating church units and other invited guests.

The two hour event that started at 6:00pm was presided over by the new mission president, Robert Felt Chatfield who was in attendance with his wife Katherine Chatfield.

Guests were taken around a mini exhibition that explained various arms of the church such as perpetual education fund, humanitarian services, religious education (Seminary and Institute) among others.

The Guest of honor, Honorable member of parliament for Namutumba District, Florence Mutyabule was all full and praise and thanks for The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints.

In a press interview she held in front of 3 television cameras and scores of voice recorders, she appealed to other faiths to emulate the church by not only preaching but going an extra mile to extend a hand of service to the members of the communities in which they operate.

In her speech she said she has been friends of the church since 2012 when her constituency was a beneficiary of a high nutrient food (admit) that was provided by the church. They said the food supply helped save thousands of children’s lives who would have otherwise died of malnutrition.

In his address the Area Public Affairs Director, Sean Donnelly, thanked the Ugandan government for its efforts to ensure a clean beautiful environment in the city. He said this was evident as one comes into the country and is in line with the helping hands message. He showed the press the renowned “helping hands vest” which was unveiled in 2007 as a symbol of the helping hands initiative.  This he said helps properly identify church volunteers to traffic, security personnel and others while working on projects for safety.

At the occasion the new leader (mission president) who directs the church’s efforts in Uganda, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Rwanda, Robert Chatfield and his wife Katherine Chatfield, were introduced to the media. He expressed his appreciation for the kind and gentle welcome he has received over the last two months they’ve been here.

An impressive slide show was run showing the various activities members were involved in as part of the helping hands 2013.

The guests were later treated to a cocktail.

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