Uganda’s Greek Orthodox Church Asks for Urgent Donations to Livestream Services

The Greek Orthodox Church of Uganda, which recently celebrated 100 years since its founding in the country, has appealed through social media for donations in order to livestream its services during Holy Week and beyond.

As most religious institutions internationally have embraced the enormous importance of digital media during these coronavirus times to stay connected with the faithful, the Orthodox Church in this sub-Saharan country has called for donations to gather equipment that it will enable it to broadcast and record liturgies and other activities.

“We are Greeks because we got educated in Greece,” Jonah (Lwanga), the Metropolitan of Kampala and All Uganda, the spiritual leader of more than 100,000 Ugandans who are Greek Orthodox Christians, told Greek Reporter recently.

The Church has grown exponentially over the last century in Uganda. Today, “the clergy consists of about 80 priests, 105 Orthodox communities, schools and a hospital,” the Metropolitan noted.

In order to livestream its services, the Church has outlined its needs — totaling only $1,900  — as follows:

Standard Smart Phone – $350

Mini Camera Stand – $150

Small Mini Lavalier Lapel / Camera Mic – $50

The Zhiyun Smooth 4 smart phone holder / stand (360 navigation) – $200

Smartphone external Microphone –  $80

Mobile Internet Router – $240

Laptop Computer – $830

Any communications in relation to the above appeal should be directed to the Metropolis using the following email addresses: [email protected] and [email protected]

Alternatively, one may contact the Administrator of the Church’s ICT and Digital Media Department, Mr. Ssengendo James, at [email protected] or [email protected]