CLERMONT, FLA — JULY 20, 2015 — Parishioners of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Clermont, Florida, warmly welcome back Father Pontian Kaweesa – known as Father Ponce to his friends – from Kambaala, Uganda. Father Ponce serves as director of Our Lady of the Sick Health Unit, Kambaala, a medical mission supported by the Central Florida parish for nearly 10 years.
Father Ponce shares the beginning of his vision. ” I woke up one day from a dream of building a small heath unit in my home village of Kambaala in Uganda,” he revealed. “For many years our people had suffered and died of diseases that easily could have been treated, and precious lives saved. I related this dream to some of my friends in the United States of America. It was a dream worth sharing and many people chose to not only dream with me, but to help me bring the dream to reality.”
What started as a simple health clinic, constructed and furnished with donations from the parishioners of Blessed Sacrament in Clermont, continues to expand and serve the needs of the village and outlying areas. The addition of Mother’s and Women’s Wings provides Surgical and Recovery Rooms, and a Mother’s ward along with Prenatal and Postnatal rooms. Patients also benefit from a pharmacy and a multipurpose room used for instructing mothers on child care and disease prevention.
The clinic’s growth has continued with solar and generated power, indoor plumbing, nurse’s quarters and several water wells. There’s more to be done, and the people of Blessed Sacrament are putting their love into action as they continue to help Father Ponce realize his dream from eight thousand miles away.