Uganda: Forever In My Heart
It’s hard for me to even begin to describe our visit to Karukoba Village, location of one of our newest Believe in Me schools. I had longed for the chance to travel and see the beauty of the country as well as the people that Love Without Boundaries CEO Amy Eldridge wrote about just last summer, and I was grateful to have the opportunity to visit Uganda last month with volunteer Christina Lindseth. I knew it would be an experience that would impact me forever in a profound way.
I simply had no way of knowing that I would feel so many emotions wash over me throughout the trip, and often all at once – many of them conflicting. The countryside was breathtakingly beautiful, but the poverty of the villagers was unlike I had ever seen before.
Many precious children wore tattered, little or no clothing at all. Some of the families we visited had no food or water at their homes.
At night, these families are in complete darkness, sleeping on the ground in their single-room homes. The village has no electricity, no plumbing, no running water. Before seeing it for myself, it would have been nearly impossible for me to conceive of the overwhelming need in Karukoba village.
And yet, there was hope, joy and laughter from the children, their parents and the elders as they gathered on the grounds of the Believe in Me School to greet us. It made my heart soar when we approached the top of the mountain for the first time and I could see the newly constructed school building, with the bright colors and a noticeably modern design.
There was an impervious surface roof, and a collection system to capture the rain water. There were tanks to hold the water throughout the rainy season which during the dry season can be filled by a company in the town about 30 miles away.
Best of all, we could see the children and their families. They had gathered to welcome us and thank us for giving them the opportunity for a brighter future.
What a humbling experience to try and explain that it wasn’t actually Christina and me who had made all of this possible. A whole community of amazing individuals from across the world trusted us at LWB enough to try and make a lasting difference in the lives of children in dire need.
That was the greatest lesson I learned on the first day of our visit. Education is the one true hope for a brighter future for these children of the village, and it has only started to become a reality due to the generosity of strangers from the other side of the globe.
Children in our school now receive nutritious meals at breakfast and lunch. They and their families have access to the rainwater collected at the school site. They’re attending school and receiving instruction in English, the national language and an absolute necessity for advancing their education.
The kids enrolled in LWB’s Believe in Me Kabale School also receive uniforms, shoes (without which they would surely go barefoot) and a Solight solar lamp for their use at home. These things only happened because of incredible donors just like you.
On behalf of the children of Karukoba village, THANK YOU to the amazing supporters who are living out our belief that Every Child Counts.
If you haven’t joined in our efforts to create lasting change through education and sustainable nutrition for the children in Karukoba, I encourage you to consider doing so now. Sponsoring a child’s education each month, donating chickens, pigs, cows or beehives to families in dire need, or making a one-time gift can help to bring us one step closer to breaking the vicious cycle of poverty in this rural community.
Please partner with us to build a brighter future for these precious children!
~Kelly Wolfe, Managing Director of Strategic Partnerships