Meet Our IFA Team
Founder and President
Pam and Brooks
Pam and her husband Brooks lived for nearly 18 months in Gulu, a small city in Northern Uganda about 65 miles (105 km) from the South Sudanese border, from 2013 to 2014. They were often overcome with sorrow over the extreme poverty and suffering of so many innocent people, exacerbated by 26 years of terror under the diabolical leadership of Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army. Nevertheless, the Moores were equally amazed at Ugandan’s resilience, resourcefulness, and good nature in the face of never-ending challenges. They quickly fell in love with their African “brothers” and “sisters.”
Rather than giving out money, Pam and Brooks created opportunities for Africans’ personal growth and skill development through various measures. Some graduated from a course that taught key principles of self-reliance and how they could, in time, walk out of poverty. English-speaking classes were also instituted.
Pam provided free keyboard lessons (where students could earn their own keyboard); taught women how to sew and make marketable crafts, and shared many new cooking techniques. The Moores had local men build outdoor ovens for cookie and bread baking. They partnered with Aid Africa so the Acholi people (northern Ugandans) could assemble and receive Aid Africa’s ingenious fuel-efficient, toxin-reducing Rocket Stoves.
Acholi Young Adults Assembling Hygiene Kits
Their Acholi friends also became more involved in service in the community, and—important for their own progress—helped others in their journey out of poverty. They made and distributed Tippy Tap washing stations, and sun fruit dryers as well as water bottle dolls and bean-bag toss games for long term hospitalized children. Pam and women from the Bardege sub-county traveled with Suzy Gillies, Executive Director of African Promise Foundation, to village schools where girls receiving hygiene kits were trained on their proper care and usage.
Men learned carpentry skills by building toy/supply boxes for nurseries, dehydrating stations, tables, and cabinets. Fun, wholesome activities, such as baseball and Friday night movies, were implemented for college-age single adults.
Hot Summer Day
During a church-sponsored humanitarian distribution in the South Sudanese refugee camps, Brooks and Pam traveled with Honorable Ecweru Musa, State Minister for Relief and Disaster Preparedness. Honorable Musa appealed to the group for additional help to aid women and girls in the camp. Pam accepted the challenge and sent out requests to DFG chapters across the United States for feminine hygiene kits. Chapters readily volunteered, providing components for 2,300 kits. With a large corporate donation, DFG-Kampala was able to employ Ugandan women to make an additional 900 kits. A Gulu-based women’s organization, Kampala couples, and local young adults also assisted with the feminine hygiene kit assembly. Together with the Days for Girls-Kampala staff and two other missionary couples, 3,200 kits were distributed at one of the refugee camps on a very HOT summer day.
A few weeks after this distribution, Brooks became gravely ill, so their work in Uganda was left unfinished as they reluctantly had to return home.
Part of Pam’s heart remained in Uganda, but she was at a loss as to how she could effectively help those good people. Then she realized if she could provide dignity for women and help remove a serious obstacle to their education, she would be helping not only girls, but whole families, potentially for generations. In 2016 she and several other Texan women formed the Days for Girls Highland Village TX chapter. With hundreds of volunteers around the Dallas Metroplex and as far away as Pensacola, Florida, and Pleasant Grove, Utah, they have made several thousand kits. They partnered with the non-profit G.E.M.S. Development Foundation to provide over 600 kits for South Sudan. In February 2017, she and three others from the Dallas Metroplex traveled there with American news analyst and G.E.M.S. founder Ellen Ratner to help in the training and distribution of the feminine hygiene kits. These were distributed to school girls, a hospital, prison, and other groups. They also participated in G.E.M.S. many service projects.
Pam and G.E.M.S.’ friends doing service in South Sudan
In June 2017, Pam returned to her beloved Uganda with her granddaughters Maddilyn and Chloe, her friend Catherine Fredericksen, and Catherine’s daughter Erin. They brought with them 750 DFG hygiene kits and many other supplies. After doing service for a few days in Uganda’s southern region, they joined the African Promise Expedition for 12 more days of service, much of it in the Gulu region.
Hygiene Kits donation to Days For Girls Kampala Group
To her utter astonishment, nearly all of her well-educated close friends and community leaders in Gulu were unemployed. Pam was initially baffled by this situation, as these people were highly qualified (as doctors, pharmacists, medical lab technicians, etc.), but she came to understand why this is happening in northern Uganda (see details in “Understanding Africa”).
In spite of daunting challenges, Pam’s friends in Uganda continuously strive to make positive changes. They are zealously optimistic about a brighter future for themselves and their community. Seeing this, Pam determined that she must do more to help these exemplary young men and other impoverished Ugandans have access to the very basics so that they can reach their potential and, in turn, empower others through their models of hard work and service.
In September 2017, Pam founded It’s for Africa! and began building a network that will grow in strength and influence just as Days for Girls has done. Working jointly with its partner foundations, It’s for Africa! will provide sustainable resources that will endow Ugandans in their journey toward renewed dignity and increased hope for a better world.
Catherine is a stay-at-home wife and mother of six children, two of whom she home-schooled through middle and high school. She has always enjoyed serving in her church, her community, and the schools her children attended. In 2015, she read Half The Sky and felt it was time to serve in a deeper, more meaningful way, but she wasn’t sure which direction to go. In early 2016, she was introduced to Days For Girls by Pam Moore and instantly knew that this was where she wanted to put her efforts. In June 2017, Catherine and her only daughter (15-year-old Erin) traveled with Pam and other volunteers to Uganda to participate in several distributions of DFG feminine hygiene kits as well as other service projects during their two-week visit. She developed a great love for the Ugandan people, and the experience deepened her desire to serve Africans in meaningful ways. She loves to read, quilt, and most of all, cook and bake.