The Sacred Heart Sisters have committed themselves to assisting the most vulnerable and impoverished people in Uganda and South Sudan.
Story by Paul Beck
Having had to flee South Sudan’s ethnic conflict numerous times this decade, today the Sisters base themselves solely in northern Uganda.
MAF are proud to be a partner in this work, providing flights to locations such as Moroto, where the order supports young and vulnerable mothers who are HIV positive.
The Sisters based in Moroto had to recently call on the services of 5X-LDR when one of their own, Sister Mary Nafula Mulanda, had been struck by a mysterious and debilitating backache, which she continues to describe in her own words.
‘The pilot was so kind; l felt like part of his family and, even while in the air, he was very careful and made sure that l was comfortable.’ Sister Mary Nafula Mulanda
'My illness began in early May and the following day, my community members drove me to a nearby hospital where I was attended to before returning home. The next thing was that I felt my legs heating up and my right leg becoming numb, and by the following day I was unable to walk. The Sisters drove me to Matany Mission Hospital where an x-ray and scan were done, and I was then referred to Nsambya Hospital in Kampala.
Landing at Moroto airstrip in August 2018. The small town of Moroto in north-east Uganda is 260 miles from Kampala, a journey that can take 10-12 hours by road.
'Less than 48 hours later I was driven to Moroto airstrip, where the MAF pilot and two other men lifted me up onto a stretcher and then into the plane. I was flown to Kampala, where one of the Sisters from our Ggaba community was there with an ambulance to take me to the hospital. My left leg was paralyzed but the right leg had some mobility. I was admitted for two weeks before being discharged to continue with physiotherapy as an outpatient. I was diagnosed with spinal myelitis, caused, the doctor believed, by a virus. Slowly I regained the use of my legs. I am now back on my two feet and able to walk.'
Sister Mary later wrote to MAF to express her gratitude for the flight which had saved her from a gruelling 12-hour drive on rough roads, which would have been almost impossible given her condition.
‘The pilot was so kind; l felt like part of his family and, even while in the air, he was very careful and made sure that l was comfortable,’ she begins. ‘What return to God can l give for all the blessings l received from kind, willing, loving and caring people? Lord l praise you and l thank you.’
‘What return to God can l give for all the blessings l received from kind, willing, loving and caring people? Lord l praise you
and l thank you.’ Sister Mary Nafula Mulanda