It was the experience of a lifetime!
That is what I tell people when they ask about my recent trip with Into Your Hands-Africa to Uganda. It is impossible to fully explain to anyone that hasn’t been there of the life-changing experience that I had. I am so proud to be a part of this organization that is giving such amazing opportunities to the people in rural Uganda.
I am reminded of a quote by Margaret Mead,
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
Meet Andrew who is in his final year at St. Denis Secondary School. He is an orphan who lives with his uncle, along with his siblings. His uncle is unable to pay all of his school fees, so he relies on a scholarship from IYH- A to fill the gap and wishes to continue his studies to be a doctor one day.
As you can see in the photo above, Andrew is a Denver Broncos fan (or at least he is now that I gave him a t-shirt). I met him one Sunday as we gathered outside of church after mass. With great confidence and without hesitation, he walked up to our group, introduced himself and thanked us for the opportunity of his education. His English is perfect. We stay in touch now through Facebook.
Meet Grace, a third year student at St. James Secondary School. She lives with her parents and six siblings.
Her family was a beneficiary of the Into Your Hands-Africa coffee enterprise program. They started with 90 coffee plants provided by IYH-A and 10 that they purchased as part of the agreement with the program.
As a family, they prepared the land and watered by hand each coffee plant for one year to get the seedlings started. Four years later, they have over 460 plants, all started from the original 100, producing over 70 kg of coffee two times per year. With the income earned, Grace’s parents are able to pay the fees for all seven of their children to attend school.
These are only two of the hundreds of families whose lives Into Your Hands has benefitted. I know that these examples will inspire you to continue your involvement and support of this organization. And, maybe make you want to pack your bags for the next insight trip to Uganda!
by Meg Leadford, Insight Trip Ambassador