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June 22, 2017

Knowledge is power. And the internet is a huge repository of knowledge. In Western society, we often take our unencumbered access to the internet for granted. Teachers at schools in the US, and most other developed countries, have access to this giant knowledge-base at their literal fingertips. However, this is not the case for teachers in severely budget-restricted schools in Uganda, and lots of other under-developed countries of the world. If a student asks the teacher a question that the teacher doesn’t know the answer to and isn’t in the very li...

June 21, 2017

Technology is ingrained in our culture in so many forms that it is second nature to us. It’s hard to imagine that there are places in the world that not only don't have that same exposure to technology, but also aren't aware of the fact that it exists. Two years ago, I was given the opportunity to join a team traveling to Uganda with the goal of bringing laptops to FODU partner schools and introducing their children and teachers to technology that could change how and what they learn in and outside of classrooms. It was an ambitious goal and we knew...

June 18, 2017

It was a humble honor to be present in Uganda today. As I celebrate my 5th Father’s Day in a row away from my three sons whom I adore, I am reminded of the many sons and daughters of Uganda that have come to need means much as I need them. I was reminded once again, in the midst of our Youth Council, that my heroes and my role models are the very young people that FoDU is empowering, uplifting, and bringing dignity to their lives. Life takes many twists and turns, it never seems to be laid out in a straight line, and as I type this small note tonigh...

March 8, 2017

I remember hair products and lip gloss being a pretty big deal when I was about 13. 

Hair products and lip gloss were pretty big deals when my daughter and her friends were about 13 too. 

Oh, the luxury of being a middle class teenage girl in the United States. 

There are certain universalities to this age. 

Not having a uniform when everyone else at school does stings. Being left out of a secret or being teased because you have cheap shoes hurts. Girls around the globe want to feel loved and accepted. 

There are other universalities. Too many children a...

March 7, 2017

As I sit here reflecting back on the day, I'm reminded of a phrase that my grandpa used to tell all of us grandkids over and over as we were growing up: "You have so much potential."

This phrase rang true in my mind today as we visited with the kids at St. Kizito Primary School. Last year, as a FoDU team visited the school for the first time, our bus was mobbed by kids as they rushed in with pure excitement to give us hugs and hold our hands. Though we were able to get off the bus this time, it didn't take but a few seconds before ALL of the kids who...

June 24, 2016

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

What an incredible blessing it is to teach a man to fish.

On my trip to Uganda last summer, I got to be a small part of some very powerful “Men of Integrity" training for the young men at our partner schools. Today, I was privileged to watch as some of those same young men stood up in front of the room and led the “Men of Integrity" training for their peers. Shortly afterward, I watched a courageous group of young women lead a "Women of Substance"...

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