February 19, 2022
Dear Friends Ugandan Safe Transport Fund friends and donors,
We are asking for your help during these very desperate times for the LGBTQ people in Uganda. FUST works with a conductor who currently has 186 passengers in hiding, awaiting safe transport. Some of these people have been in hiding for weeks, and the situation has been especially difficult since food is in very short supply and an additional cost for the conductor. Of course, the situation with Covid has only increased the stress and pressure on our Ugandan friends.
We recently had a confidential Zoom meeting with this conductor to get an “in person” briefing on the situation. Waiting passengers are truly in dire straits, and once again we are working with a person who is willing to risk everything to do this dangerous work that they understand as critical.
Our role as FUST is to support them. What is needed immediately are funds for food to sustain them as they await transport. Then the cost of transport to a safer country outside of Uganda is $65.00 per person.
We have greatly appreciated your generosity and hope you will continue to support this very worthy, dangerous mission. FUST has saved 2739 lives since April 13, 2014 and has given hope to LGBTQ Ugandans who had despaired of ever finding safe refuge.
As soon as your donations to FUST are received, we send them out. Any amount you are able to give is helpful and very appreciated.
Please go to this page on our website to find out how to donate with a check or online: https://friendsugandansafetransport.org/donate/
You are welcome to contact us if you have questions or would like more information.
With deep gratitude and appreciation,
Gabi Clayton (360) 888-5291
Kathleen O’Shaunessy (360) 943-0489
Co-managers of FUST, a project of Olympia Friends Meeting (Quakers)
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