Spending time in Uganda has a way of giving you new perspective about life. Internally it changes how you look at contentment, joy, and purpose; and externally it impacts how you look at almost everything, from your abundance of food and resources, and most certainly the public education system that is available through our tax dollars.
Today is a day that is so very hard to put into words. Typing an account almost seems like a disservice to the people that I was blessed to spend my day with, but I shall try nonetheless. As the Executive Director for FoDU, I am never content with the services we are offering across Uganda. I believe that we can always fine-tune our work, and always be on the lookout for new populations to serve, and that is what has led to today.
It is with great pleasure that I step into my role as Board President for Fields of Dreams Uganda. It was only two and half years ago that I first went to Uganda, and I was completely unprepared for the way the nation and its people would take hold of my heart. Since that time, I’ve had the privilege of traveling to Uganda four times, with my fifth trip coming up next month and my sixth coming up this summer. It has captivated me so completely, I’ve pretty much abandoned all thoughts of traveling anywhere else in the world. :)
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...