Update on Faith

Last week, Daniel traveled to Faith’s village to check on her and meet some of her family members.  As you can see, Faith and her family are in good spirits and are very grateful for the money we sent her!  Watch the videos below to hear more!


Faith is back in her home village.  She and her sister Scovia had been staying at Daniel’s home in Kampala, waiting for Faith to be evaluated for additional surgeries.  However, when Daniel took Faith for evaluation in late December, doctors recommended that Faith wait two months before more surgeries so that her neck and eyelid could fully heal.  When Faith returns to the hospital in March, she will have another surgery on her neck (to release the remainder of the scarred tissue), her mouth, and her left eye.

Because of your support, Daniel has been able to continue purchasing antibiotic and other medications to help in Faith’s recovery.  He also purchased a bus ticket for Faith and Scovia to return home, and purchased soap, salt, and rice for her so she has some basics when she first gets back.

Daniel explained to us that Faith had been renting a small piece of land to cultivate crops, including g-nuts and maize.  She had been selling the little she grew to help support herself and her five children.  In between harvesting seasons, she worked on others’ farms as a way to earn some money.  Daniel and the RISE team talked at length about how best to support Faith in the coming months.  We wanted our support to be consistent with previous programming (building into the long-term empowerment of survivors) while also taking into consideration Faith’s recent surgery and need for healing.

Daniel talked with Faith about ways we could support her in earning more money, so that she would not face food insecurity for herself or her children.  Faith told us that with $150, she could rent one acre of land, hire someone to clear the land, purchase seedlings, and start growing beans, maize, cassava stems and g-nuts. In Daniel’s words, “She is very sure if God wishes, when the year gets done she could be having some good harvests and good money from that garden.”  

Typically, RISE does not give money directly to survivors.  (We have provided many microloans for survivors to expand their businesses, but we expect them to pay the money back.)  We have avoided doing this because it can breed dependence rather than empowerment.  However, given Faith is recovering from surgeries and has more surgeries planned in March, and given that she agreed to share her story so openly with all of us, we have decided that providing her with the $150 (without expectation of repayment) is a very reasonable thing to do, especially given it will set her up for future growth.


Leave a message of support for Faith

Thanks to those who donated, Faith (one of the survivors the Ugandan team met during data collection) was transported to Mulago Hospital, was evaluated by surgeons and has received surgery to release the contracture on her neck and to create eyelids using skin grafted from her stomach.  Faith was attacked 20 years ago and had never received any type of medical support prior to this week.  We are SO grateful to all of you for the donations & support!  It’s an exciting but overwhelming time for Faith and we’d like to invite you to leave her a message of support.  Our Ugandan team member Daniel is visiting her regularly and reading the updates to her and has told us that they are giving Faith a lot of hope in her recovery!

87 thoughts on “Faith

  1. Faith, you are my hero for your bravery. Surgery is always scary and you’re far from home, but you did it! I send you prayers, hope, and love for your recovery and healing.

    1. I am LJ Steele,MA, and also am a Christian lady. Ministers are on both sides of my family and I will continue to send prayers up for you. My dads ancestors were from Senegal and this is outrageous. He would have been furious and so would have my mom and grandmother. Faith,you will continue to be lifted up in prayer by me and others who really care. Your fellow woman of color here in North Carolina,Retired K12 teacher who loves all young people everywhere.

    2. Faith, sending you all of my love, support, prayers, and healing vibes from California. You are so so VERY brave, strong, and beautiful. Wishing you all the emotional and physical healing.

    3. Dear Faith…
      I honor you for your courage…
      in my eyes you are a beautiful hero
      and you have my respect and admiration.
      I’m sorry that you are going through these terrible times,
      but grateful you such wonderful support.
      You are in my heart
      with love…

  2. I am Praying for your healing and please
    do not fear for the Lord our God is with you at all times. You are Strong, Courageous never give

  3. Dear Faith,
    You are on my heart.
    Praying for your healing process.
    “Come to me all who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
    Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.‘

  4. Faith,

    You’ve endured much suffering. You will soon, by the grace of God, have that suffering come to an end, May your emotional healing be as swift as your physical healing and that love and beautiful moments surround you!

  5. Faith, your strength and courage are so inspiring, may God give you peace as you rest and recover. God bless you in abundance all the days of your life. Know you are surrounded in love and prayers from all over the world. We love you and thank God for his healing power!

  6. Dear Faith,
    You are in my heart and my thoughts. I’m so happy to hear that you have had the surgery you need. I am sending prayers for a speedy and healthy recovery. I am also sending love from across the globe in the United States

  7. Faith, You are a true survivor and a hero to people who are so far removed from your pain as well as others who are treated to such torture. Please know many many are behind you and love you for your heart. Please take care, keep fighting the good fight and may God bless you and your endeavors.

  8. Faith, your courage and perseverance are breathtaking, may God’s light and healing shine on you as you recover and move forward.

  9. Faith, you are so beautiful and wonderfully made by the Lord…He knows what every single one of your days have in store and His thoughts concerning you outnumber the grains of sand (Psalm 139:13-18)…you can always be content as He never will leave you nor forsake you no matter what people try to do to you (Hebrews 13:5-6). He restores sight to the blind and displays the works of the Lord in you and your life (John 9:1-7)!

  10. FAITH: You are the most honorable of the most honorable and when you meet God someday, your reward in Heaven will be that you will be the most beautiful Lady in the world. You have a really beautiful body and your face shape is a beautiful Oval. Your most recent surgery will greatly improve your life. You are a blessing to all who know you Faith! We love you Faith! And God loves you Faith!

  11. Faith, you are a child of God and he is with you always. I am so proud of you. I pray for your speedy recovery. Keep faith in your heart and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will do the rest.
    I love you

  12. Thank you all for your support and beautiful messages,you’re really inspiring and encouraging Faith for her healing process. She is very strong and determined to stay firm until she will get better. Thanks to RISE team and our wonderful donors for taking part of this life saving action. On behalf of Faith,am thanking you all and I pray that God grants more in your endeavors. Yours KASOLO DANIEL.

  13. Dear Faith,

    Thank you for sharing your story and giving others some of your courage. May you always be wrapped in the arms of compassion and comfort.💗💗💗

  14. As your name says it all, have Faith and hope in the Lord, for He is your rock, your refuge, and your strength in all things!
    God bless you, Faith, all will be well!
    You are in my thoughts and prayers and you are so loved! Sending big hugs to you!

  15. Dearest Faith:
    Your spirit is amazing. You are strong, beautiful, and loved.
    Many people are holding you in their hearts, and Almighty God is moving you forward.
    With much love,

  16. Faith you are so strong and inspiring. I’m so sorry for what you have endured. Please know you are so loved, supported, and held in the hearts of so many people. You are resilient and beautiful. I’m cheering you on as you heal.

    All my love,

  17. Faith, Your strength and courage has brought me much hope and peace. I am happy that you are recovering and keep you in my thoughts and prayers daily.

  18. Faith, Your strength and endurance is amazing. It’s extremely heartbreaking what you had to go through and still recovering from. I’m glad that you have many love and support. I hope you can feel it. I’m praying for your healing physically, emotionally and mentally. I love you.

  19. I’m so happy that you are now receiving the medical care that you deserve. You are a brave and strong woman, and you inspire people around the world.

  20. Faith, you are so strong, you are an inspiration to me. I am sending you prayers and healing and hoping for the best. You are an amazing person!

  21. Wishing a speedy recovery and that you will continue to live life to the fullest. Don’t let anything knock you down. You are beautiful and strong and don’t let anyone tell you different.

  22. Faith,

    You are an incredible example of strength to others. Thank you for sharing your story and being an agent for change in Uganda!

    I’m thinking of you and wishing you all the best in your recovery. You have endured so much… I truly admire your strength, determination, and FAITH that things will get better. Wishing you a speedy recovery and reunion with your loved ones!

  23. My mom and I are applaud your strength to keep going each day. So,happy you got the surgery you needed. In our thoughts and prayers. God bless!

  24. My mom and I applaud your strength to keep going each day. So,happy you got the surgery you needed. In our thoughts and prayers. God bless.you always.

  25. Faith, you are so brave. I am so happy for you. May there be more wonderful things ahead of you and I pray that your life will be blessed.

  26. Faith, I know you’re a strong woman. How can you be otherwise. You’re brave and courageous and I admire you so very much.
    I’m thinking of you. And please remember you’re always in my prayers.

  27. Dearest Faith, I am so happy to hear that you’re getting the treatments you need to heal.. never forget that you are a truly beautiful lady and although you have had some hard times.. harder than ever should’ve been, you will come through this as a powerful woman and a true hero; an inspiration to those whom meet you, know you and even those strangers who find out your story ..we are all in awe of your determination and will to survive.. we ALL want you to be all better! Please stay strong through these challenges and know that God is right beside us even when we can’t see.
    My faith is in YOU and my faith is in God and I know that after your surgeries have been finished and you have recovered completely, you are going to succeed in all your endeavors and go on to change people’s lives for the better! May MANY BLESSINGS FILL YOUR HEART WITH LOVE!
    And my family is wishing your time in the hospital to be short and easy going for you.. WE LOVE YOU!
    Sincerely, Zanni Giese

  28. May our GOD BLESS and heal you and bring you many Blessings you are a miracle and GOD is not done with you he will continue too heal you and make you whole again better than before you are loved always .

  29. Faith,

    Heal and rest well I am so happy you had your surgery. Love and support from those who care for you will help you in your recovery journey.


  30. Faith, you are incredibly strong! You are an amazing woman and inspiration to so many women and girls. Love and support from South Carolina, USA.

  31. Faith, I can find no words to express the wickedness you have experienced and how I’ll never understand how anyone could do this to another human being. No this. You are an outstandingly brave woman, you are loved & we are all routing for you. I pray that you get all the help & surgery you need. You are very precious. Never forget this.

  32. Hello Faith… your name says a lot, be strong in your faith & know that I faith that you will get through this. You are strong, brave and resilient. Sending you hugs and healing, being away from home and the support of those you love is sad & scary… but you are not alone!!!! Such an exciting time for you, the road to recovery will not be easy, but anything worthwhile is hard work. Rest up and heal… can’t wait to see what your future holds ❤️

  33. Hi Faith!

    Just sending another message to let you know that you are still very much in my thoughts and prayers.
    Do hope your recovery is going better than expected. You’ve made it through so much already.
    Please tell your sister hello and hope that she is doing well.

    So amazingly thankful to Daniel and the RISE team for their excellent work, and so thankful for the updates and emails that
    we receive.

    Stay strong and full of hope.

  34. Faith, you are a beautiful person. The Lord sees you and loves you and is with you. Praying for a successful surgery and recovery. May you know that there is a community of people who are thinking of you and praying for you today.

  35. Hi Grace,
    You’re looking so much better! We hope you’re feeling better too! Stay strong… We’re all cheering for you!

  36. Hello Faith!

    So happy to receive another update on your condition.
    So proud of you and so happy that you are being cared for. The latest picture made me smile.
    I pray that you continue to recover and I pray that you stay strong in hope and faith.
    Again, so many thanks to the entire RISE Organization for the updates, emails, videos and the
    opportunity to send Faith messages.

    Sending prayers and hugs,

  37. You are so brave and strong. All of my thoughts and prayers are with you for your recovery. Your strength is an inspiration. Sending LOVE!

  38. Hello Faith!
    You are a hero!!
    Wishing you a speedy recovery🙏🏻
    Keep believing and loving yourself. Feel God’s presence near you always🙏🏻
    May God bless you dear🙏🏻

  39. You are a beautiful ANGEL. God is holding you thru this. I will pray for your heart to heal and for you to be blessed beyond imagination. I am so sorry we live in a world that would harm you like this. I wish I could change that immediately. You and every other human deserve love, safety, respect, kindness, and peace. I am sending love. Jesus, please bring the greatest blessings to this beautiful Angel, in your name I pray, amen.

  40. You’re so strong, Faith, and you’ve gone through so much. I’m glad that you are getting better and are now being cared for. Wishing you happiness and prosperity ahead. Happy holidays!

  41. Still praying for you, Faith…you are so chosen and dearly loved (Colossians 3:12) and I pray that His love would drive out all fear (1 John 4:18) even as you navigate this new time in life!!

  42. So sorry about what you’ve been through and happy that you were able to get help. Sending healing thoughts across the miles. You are amazing !!!

  43. My heart is in my throat. I am sit here across my own daughter and just cry for you. Im a 60 year old father from Texas. Please, please, know you in are not forgotten. To your caretaker there are only a few spots for people Ike you. You deserve yours. Blessed Almighty.

  44. Never give up, Faith, and never lose hope. You are an inspiration to people worldwide and we will always be with you in spirit!

  45. Dear Faith,
    I am committed to continue to pray and stay supportive in anyway I can be so I will continue to check in with you to be sure if RISE is organizing I can be a part because You have given me so much: love, and you’ve blessed me with some real belief again in the human spirit just as I was getting battered around and thinking no one REALLY cares any more, you give us all the chance to say out loud with our one voice that despite the terrible things that happen and will happen on this earth, that YES WE DO really care-Thank you Faith for your Faithfulness!!!!!
    God made it natural for us to follow His Son, and if we would only do just that by our own choice, if we would Love Him and Our Brothers and Sisters as we Love Our Selves then we will be able to feed, cloth and give drink to those who need, we would naturally want to visit the imprisoned, give shelter to the homeless, and have a desire to visit the sick, and then naturally all of the other ways God would want us to respond would come about to us naturally, and we would follow Him, as a true child of
    God. Nothing feels better than that because that Is our true identity, and we are all in this family together.
    Love you dear Sister

  46. Sending healing thoughts and prayers your way Faith. Know that you’re not alone and have many, many supporters who wish you nothing but the best.

  47. I hope and pray in Christ Jesus’ name that things continue to improve. You are still blessed to be a blessing to bless others. May God bless you and the family.

  48. Get better beautiful girl…❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

  49. I am sorry that you had to wait 20 years to get help. But it is never too late and God has been with you those 20 years and will remain by your side through the rest of your journey. You are a strong and beautiful human being. The prayers and good wishes presented on this page are like the wind at your back. You will make it through this and healing will follow…with love….

  50. Faith, such a beautiful name for a woman of God. You are an inspiration and a warrior. I pray that your recovery goes extremely well and that you will live pain free. A big Thank You to Daniel for being a strong support for Faith. May Godbless you both, prayers for healing in Jesus Name.

  51. Faith may God bless you with a speedy recovery. Always remember no matter what you always & forever will be BEAUTIFUL, STRONG, BRAVE, and
    Loved by so many people. We are all sending prayers to God just for you 💖
    Bless you,

  52. Faith,

    I commend your courage and perseverance through the horrible ordeal you have experienced. I can’t begin to imagine the pain you have been through. Remember that earth is only our temporary home in a fallen world. Your real home will be heaven with our Lord someday and happiness for all eternity! God loves you even when people don’t show love. I pray for success in your future surgery and for your continued healing.

    1. Thank you so much for this beautiful message,indeed this is not our home. Jesus is coming to pick us and we go to our real home.

  53. Dear Faith,
    I thank you for your courage and strength.
    I thank you for choosing life and living in hope.
    May you be blessed with abundant healing grace each step of the way.
    My love and prayers enfold you.
    I keep you close in my heart.

  54. Faith, I wish you a healing and speedy recovery. Know that you have many supporters across the world. I admire your strength and I hope for only the best for your future.

  55. Thank you all for these beautiful messages,indeed they have given Faith more happiness and understanding that very many people around the world are with her in such special period. We’re thanking you for your donations which has helped us in everything during and after surgery. And am pleading to continue giving us your support as we go far with this as we’re helping more survivors. I have nothing to give you in return but God has a bigger reward towards your generosity. Be blessed.

  56. Dear Faith,

    May the Good Lord bring you continued healing, strength, courage, comfort, and peace. Your incredible endurance be a lesson for all of us. May it also help to lead to the outlawing this terrible crime. You in my prayers to Jesus the Christ.

    God Bless,
    John Hanes

  57. Blessed Virgin Mary, pray for Faith and Daniel.

    Saint Luke, pray for Faith and Daniel.

    Saint Agatha, pray for Faith and Daniel.

    Saint Rita of Cascia, pray for Faith and Daniel.

    Saint Monica, pray for Faith and Daniel.

    Saint Germaine, pray for Faith and Daniel.

    Lord, hear the prayer of your friends, to which I add my own, that you grant to Faith and Daniel healing, support, justice, love, and peace.


  58. Faith,
    You are a tremendously brave, strong woman.
    May God continue to walk with you and help you through your journey!
    Heal well and fast.

    May God Bless Daniel for his compassion.


  59. Oh my gosh! These videos are unbelievable! Wow!

    So happy to see Faith with her family and the land that RISE helped to acquire. It’s amazing to see Faith up and carrying on with her daily life as she heals from surgery and prepares for the upcoming surgery.
    Wow! Thank you Daniel for interpreting these videos and being the wonderful person you are to give so much of yourself in helping others.
    Thank you to RISE for the continued updates, progress and transparency on the survivors that you have helped. And thank you for altering your usual guidelines to assist Faith.
    So proud of Faith and I send my continued prayers and support to her. I thank God for leading me to this organization.

    Sincerely, Pat

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