Each year It’s for Africa partners with Mpendo Packer Foundation to assist in the removal and eradication of jiggers found in southern Uganda. Jiggers are parasitic worms that bore through the skin and can cause serious health issues. They generally start in the feet but they can spread across the entire body causing extreme pain and itching. It’s impossible for me to comprehend the suffering these people experience. Left untreated, jiggers can even cause death.
About $10 US pays for medical staff to remove the jiggers and to give medication, antiseptics, shoes, hygiene education, and to fumigate village homes. A little goes a long way, but there is a long way to go.
Jiggers become especially problematic when poor villagers allow their animals or livestock to be or sleep in their homes. The villagers often do this to assure they are not stolen, but the jigger parasites easily spread to humans.
Ugandans, especially indigent villagers, know way too much about pain and affliction; generally they suffer in silence. Their endurance, without any medications, is truly phenomenal. Pain and suffering are a big part of their existence which they have learned to accept. We marvel at their inner strength.
In addition to funding the jiggers treatment and distributing Days for Girls feminine hygiene kits, Its for Africa brings hundreds of skirts or dresses, shorts and tops, for boys and girls made or purchased by St. Ann’s Widows Ministry (Coppell TX). As you can see, these are sorely needed. Many thanks to Kathy Skierski and her group for their substantial donations! And even more gratitude to Sussie for her unwavering commitment to try to eradicate jiggers.