PLOW 127 heading to Uganda in July

HOLMES COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Holmes County residents Ira and Susan Galloway run a non-profit organization called PLOW 127. PLOW stands for People Loving Orphans and Widows. 127 represents the Bible verse, James 1:27.

"Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of God our Father is to care for orphans and widows in their time of need and to keep oneself unstained by the world," Ira said, quoting the verse.

When NewsChannel 7/Local 18 News last spoke with the couple in May, they were planning a trip to Karamoja, a semi arid region of Uganda.

"While there, it became apparent how scarce water is," Ira said.

The Galloways said the people of Karamoja often have to walk two or three miles just to get water.

"When so much time is taken up in your day getting water, it's hard to become more prosperous," Ira said.

As the Galloways look ahead to their 15th trip to Uganda this coming July, they want to drill a hand-operated well and build ovens for the widows of Karamoja.

"The widows can bake bread in the ovens, feed their families, the orphans that they're caring for and then sell the extra to help fund themselves," Ira said.

The couple also plans to give the widows sewing machines to sew clothing for their families and to sell.

As for the children, many of them spend their days barefoot. Ira and Susan provide the children with shoes that grow as their feet grow.

"When we put shoes on some of those children the last time we were there, it was the first time that a four, five, or six year old had ever had shoes on their feet," Susan said.

While there, the couple also plans to build a church that will oversee the ovens.

Ira and Susan said they've funded past trips on their own, but this trip will cost more than those in the past.They're hopeful other people will join them as they help the people of Karamoja.

The Galloways are taking a team of eight with them to Uganda in July.

If you're interested in going or would like more information on how to donate to the PLOW 127 organization, visit this website.