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Keystone UCC member shares ties with Wells of Hope in Uganda

Margaret Graham, a member of Keystone UCC in Seattle, will share at her church’s Festival of Hope in November about the Wells of Hope, a project she connects with in Uganda.

Her son Graham Kaplain, who is now working with the Clinton Health Access Initiative in Sierra Leone, spent a year working in Kampala, Uganda, on a global health fellowship.  His housemate’s parents, Francis and Ellen Ssuubi founded Wells of Hope.

In 2002 in Murchison Bay Prison in Lusiea, Kampala, a prisoner, who was later acquitted, wrote about inmates’ biggest worry being about their families and children.

Francis began preaching and to inmates and finding ways to take care of their families.  Wells of Hope Ministries was founded in November 2005. 

In 2007, it starting paying school fees for children and in 2010 started a school.

“The program helps the children of prisoners by providing housing and school for elementary-age children, housing for secondary-age children and visits between children and their incarcerated parents, including food, clothing and health care,” said Margaret.

“In 2016 they are planning to expand the program to open a Wells of Hope in Nepal and Kenya,” she said.

Margaret, a Keystone member for five years and a retired occupational therapist for the Seattle School District, has adopted children and donated.

Wells of Hope Ministries is a Christian nonprofit serving people affected by crime.

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