MAF Advent Calendar


A little about Uganda...

  • Uganda, located in the middle of Africa on Lake Victoria, is surrounded by countries with war zones where MAF is also active. Uganda is home to refugees from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and – most significantly – South Sudan.
  • MAF flies 6 aircraft to 57 locations throughout the country, serving 559 partners and providing help, hope and healing to hurt and displaced people for the last 30 years.


Christmas in Adjumani

The children in Adjumani refugee camp will celebrate Christmas with very little in the way of toys.  But they will be safe. The list of things they are thankful for is short but significant. Life. Water. Food. Shelter.

Sitting on a mat with her orphaned grandchildren, Awa Dakol tells the harrowing story of how she leapt over dead bodies as she fled. She has come to see if the Tutapona Empower Programme can offer her any hope. Over two weeks, the refugee participants learn ways to cope with trauma and find strategies for forgiveness – surely the most healing tonic for these broken people.

‘I love seeing lives changed,’ shares Emmanuel, one of Tutapona’s facilitators. ‘When people have lost all hope, we encourage them to believe they have a future.’

The creativity of children in Adjumani is amazing. The intense concentration and effort with which a young boy was designing and making a home-made cardboard truck is fascinating to watch. Sometimes the most exciting toy available is our own imagination – which many of these kids have in abundance.


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Christmas Story

Day Three

‘Did you hear that laughter?’ Mary asked, looking bewildered. ‘Sure I did, and I even know where the laughter came from,’ Joseph answered, and winked at Mike. ‘What brought you here, little stranger? We might be used to heavenly visitors by now but you don’t look like an angel to me. So who are you?’ Mike didn’t know what to answer. He had no idea how he’d got there. Moments ago, he’d been looking at the mute nativity figurines and now, in the blink of an eye, he found himself in the company of two very real and very inquisitive people who wanted to know who he was.


Myanmar Shan Noodles

Shan noodle, a popular meal in Myanmar, originated in Shan State, Myanmar, which borders with China, Laos and Thailand. There are different versions of Shan noodle. MAF national staff member Deeram Khong would like to share the version from Taunggyi, Southern Shan State.

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