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My Trip to Uganda

In October 2016 I had the pleasure of accompanying Kristy Hitchings and Julie King from Into Your Hands-Africa on their trip to Uganda.  It was the most amazing trip I could have ever imagined!

Part of my time in Uganda was spent visiting a few of Into Your Hands-Africa’s beneficiary schools St. Denis and St. James.  It was during this time that I was introduced to a young girl named Florence.  Florence’s parents were both deceased and she was helping raise her younger brothers and sisters.  It is very difficult to stay in school when you have a family to support!

I decided then that I would sponsor Florence’s education in secondary school through the organization’s Hands of Hope scholarship program.  It is my hope that Florence will graduate and I can then sponsor her while she attends vocational school!  We also spent some time visiting the families involved in IYH’s agricultural and livestock projects.  Through the generosity of IYH and their supporters, these families are taught valuable skills and awarded an enterprise project in their choice of piglets, chickens, or coffee or mango plants. These projects allow the families to develop and sustain a business amazing!!  The families that were helped by IYH were so awesome!  They were so proud of their piglets or farms whichever they had chosen.  And they were so thankful for our visit.  One woman gave us a gift of eggs and tomatoes, even though what she gave us may have very well been the only food she had for that day!

My trip would not have been complete without the Uganda staff of IYH. Staff members, Angella,

Suss, Lydia, Annet, Justine, and Mukasa, who guided us every day as we visited the schools and families and my trip wouldn’t have been the same without them.

My trip to Uganda was so special to me.  I’ve traveled several places but never have I felt so connected to a particular land or people.  Being part of IYH, I felt part of something larger, part of a warm, supportive community.  I can’t wait to return!

Debbie Carline, Insight Trip Ambassador 2016

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The Experience of a Lifetime

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

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