War Room' Actress Raises UGX 1.6 Billion for Ugandan Women

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New York Times best-selling author, actress and evangelist Priscilla Shirer has raised 1.6 bn shillings to support vulnerable women and girls through Watoto Church.

New York  based author, actress and evangelist Priscilla Shirer has raised 1.6 billion Shillings to support vulnerable women and girls through Watoto Church.

This was revealed by Watoto Church Pastor Eddie Mwesigye while preaching about the Watoto Church Vision on Saturday evening at Watoto Church down town.

According to Mwesigye, the War Room movie actress partnered with the church and has been in a weeks-long fundraising drive to support in the holistic care program of rescuing vulnerable women living with HIV/Aids,widows and orphans and vulnerable children.

Mwesigye said the funds will also be used for the "keep a girl in school" program that follows up the girl child in school supporting them with Sanitary pads.

He says because of the of the keep a girl in school program, thousands of girls have been able to remain in school after their have been met through provision of sanitary pads.

Mwesigye also said the vision of the church is to establish business and homes for the 4000 women under their care through the living hope project.

Priscilla Shirer who played Elizabeth Jordan in the 2015 Christian movie about prayer titled "War Room" says although she targeted Uganda shillings 937,500, 0000 (US$250,000) to support the Charity Watoto, she exceeded this and now targets Uganda shillings 1,850,000,000 billion (US$500,000).

"My goal for Watoto is to be outrageously generous and bless Watoto as they serve the people of Uganda" Shirer, who is also the Going Beyond Ministries founder is quoted by Empowering Every Woman (EEW) magazine.

Watoto targets to rescue over 10,000 vulnerable children in Uganda by 2023 providing them with physical care, medical intervention, education and spiritual discipleship.

Watoto Church  founded by Pastors Gary and Marilyn Skinner has three children's homes in Suubi, Biira and Laminadera in Gulu.

 

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“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.