Mend Mac's Heart

For: Mac
Organizer: Mac's Friends in Uganda
Mend Mac's Heart (Mac)
$5,527
of $5,500 goal.
Raised by 198 donors
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This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Mac  is an amazing young man.

He's a trans activist in Uganda - a country where LGB folks -- and those that are gender non conforming -- experience immense discrimination and violence. While the Ugandan Parliament has been debating the Anti- Homosexuality Bill (which includes the death penalty in certain cases for homosexuality!), Mac's served his community for the last five years, advocating for human rights, sexuality rights, and free expression of gender.

He started up a trans support group in Uganda called TRASU, which is open to any trans* or gender non-conforming person in Uganda. He has also been the coordinator at Freedom and Roam Uganda for the past five years and partnered with Sexual Minorities (Uganda), Trans Support Initiative (Uganda), SIPD-UGanda, Gender Dynamix (South Africa), Trans Bantu (Zambia), Rainbow Identity (Botswana), and Trans and Intersex Africa (South Africa).

Mac has a heart for some of the most marginalized individuals in Uganda. He even recently opened up his home to community members who were attacked at their former homes.

Mac needs to travel in India for life saving heart surgery. He has a non-cancerous tumor growing next to his heart, which is winding around the veins of his heart.

Mac's always poured out his heart for his community. Now, lets come together to mend Mac's heart so he can keep doing amazing work.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 7, 2013

Posted on May 7, 2013

Hi Friends, 

After some difficultly getting in touch with hospitals, Mac received confirmation from the hospital yesterday! He's going to be going to an excellent hospital in Banagalore, India. Thank you so much for your support and help. Well make sure to keep you updated as he travels! 



Posted on April 20, 2013

Posted on April 20, 2013

Great news -- Mac got clearance to fly to India from his doctor!!!

He's planning to buy plane tickets for next Saturday. Well keep you updated on the details and make sure to let you know when he is planning to fly. 




Posted on April 15, 2013

Posted on April 15, 2013

Dear friends,

Mac found out he had malaria last week – which delayed his travel plans. Malaria takes a brutal toll on the body, but thankfully he received all the treatment he needed and is now in the recovery stage.

As an update, he will be meeting with his doctor early this week to get medical clearance to travel. We will let you know when he receives his travel dates. We’re pausing our fundraising efforts for right now until we get a new price quote from the hospital (since he now needs to rebook his dates), but we’ll keep you updated.

When I went to his house this past weekend, the first thing he told me was about a trans woman in his community was very sick. Even though Mac was still recovering from malaria, he and his friends went and visited her, brought nutritional food that she needed, and connected her with a trans-friendly doctor to make sure she will receive the medicine she needs.

I’m continually impressed by Mac’s care for his community, and very excited to see the work he continues to do after he receives his surgery. Thank you so much for your support! 

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