Jiggers in Kasovu from Sonya Schweighardt on Vimeo.
In the year 2017, we had a terrible jiggers outbreak among the Batwa of Kasovu community. The community, which is largely stricken by extreme poverty in Uganda, was visited by the USA team in July. When we went to visit this community with food and medical support, we found that this community had an outbreak of jiggers and flies. The president of Hope Ministries Uganda USA, Sonya Schweighardt, tried to contact different local and international NGOs to respond to the jiggers outbreak. She thought she found an organization to help, but unfortunately, it did not work out and it was a huge disappointment to the Batwa who were waiting for this team to help end their pain and suffering. But we praise God because He works in mysterious ways that we never truly understand. Because of you, our donors and partners, Hope Ministries Uganda USA was able to raise the needed funds to purchase medical supplies and to hire a medical team to go to this community and help out with removing, spraying, and treating these precious children and Batwa people. It was really shocking and painful to see a five-year-old child being operated on under the foot and removing more than 200 jiggers. All the feet were rotten and smelling. Some of these people couldn’t walk, but after the jiggers were removed and their feet were treated and had time to heal, they were walking again.
After the jiggers were removed we also worked on spraying their huts with insect killers to make sure that their huts were free from flies and other insects. We thank God because before the spraying was done, the Batwa told us that they were no longer sleeping in the huts because the flies were biting them and they were getting sick and the children were getting rashes because of the flies and other insects. However, after we sprayed the huts and the whole community, these people were so happy and started sleeping in their huts again. Praise the Lord for you who raised up and gave towards this life-changing ministry. Because you did this, the children can stand on their feet now.
The team also checked for different sicknesses and diseases including malaria, typhoid, HIV, and AIDS among others, and gave treatment to those who were found sick. The entire community was issued closed-toe shoes to help protect their feet. We praise God that no one was found with the HIV virus.