Mary Anthony, who likes to be called Anthony, developed a disability when she contracted tuberculous in her spine, aged four.
She tells a heart-warming story about her life and the hardships she endured as she grew up in Msaka, Uganda before a kindly doctor introduced her to disposable diapers in her teens.
Being in control and retaining her dignity completely changed her life. For the first time, she was able to make friends and think about a future.
She dreamed about becoming a seamstress
But disposable diapers are expensive and they’re not environmentally friendly. This made it challenging for caregivers who looked after children with disabilities like Mary Anthony.
Once we heard her story, CreateCare Global was determined to do something about this issue. We had come to learn that there are nearly two million children in Uganda similarly affected, many of them who endure incontinence.
Firstly, we introduced the organisation, Medcare UK who was caring for Mary Anthony at their Wellspring Home for Disabled Children to the organisation Smiling Hearts, both in Masaka. To our delight, Smiling Heart’s offered her a one-year training program to become a seamstress.
Then we appealed to you to raise money to help Smiling Hearts purchase the fabric in Uganda so they could train Mary Anthony and the other girls in their care to make reusable diapers.