The United Front Against Riverblindness (UFAR) is a ministry whose Executive Director, Dr. Daniel Shungu, is a member of our church. Dr. Shungu, a retired Merck employee, wanted to give something back to the residents of the Democratic Republic of the Congo — where he was born. Read more about the work of this important ministry which delivers Mectizan (used to prevent new cases and arrest the progress of existing cases of Riverblindness – Onchocerciasis) to the residents of the Democratic Republic of the Congo by visiting the Riverblindness website.
It’s through UFAR that the church has been channeling its support. In addition to moral, spiritual and financial support, several church members are using their talents and volunteering as UFAR Board members.
We Have Adopted a Village in the Congo
We have Adopted a Village under UFAR’s program. To the left is a photo of the Chief Angiya and his family. To learn more about the Adopt A Village Program, please visit this page on the UFAR website.
News of Dr. Shungu’s Travels and Work in the Congo
If you would like to learn more about the work of the United Front Against Riverblindness, we encourage you to visit the Riverblindness website.
Fundraisers Throughout the Year
Every year we work with UFAR on an “African Soiree” to raise funds to support the United Front Against Riverblindness. The event includes authentic African food – prepared by members and friends of PUMC – and entertainment provided by a troop or African drummers. The event is usually held at the Mackay Campus Center, Princeton Theological Seminary.
UFAR usually has a table where they sell African art, jewelry and other items at Communiversity. PUMC Choir Director, Hyosang Park sells hand-made dolls to benefit UFAR.
Information on upcoming UFAR/PUMC fundraisers can be found on the Events page or the UFAR website.