One week into my sixth visit to Uganda and I find myself as excited to be here as my first. As I watch Trina, Elizabeth and Janet, and even Terry after 23 years of coming to Uganda, playing with the children, talking with the school staff and parents. I see their smiles, curiosity, interest and caring on their faces, and hear the joy in their hearts that come through their voices. All of that reminds me of why we are here.
Yes, it is to bring school supplies to schools, but it is also as ambassadors of hope. Hope for a better life for the children, but also the hope of connecting us together as one people wanting a better world for us all.
While at Bishops Central Primary School, we saw William Oreyama, who is the music teacher. Some of you may remember William from his visit to Seattle, five years ago. He now has two beautiful daughters, five and two years old. Elizabeth noticed and commented that Miriam, the two year old, has a bone by her ear that sticks out a little and that one of her daughters has the same thing. The fact that East Africa is considered the place where human life began…we are after all not that different from one another.
Tuesday evening we attended a Rotarac meeting with Asia, our Ugandan Coordinator. This is a group of Junior Rotarians, 25 to 30 years old. Watching, listening and talking with these young leaders, hearing about their careers as economists, currency traders, social workers, bankers, business owners, managers and educators, wanting to share what they have achievied so far and help build a better Uganda for the future; brought back that warm feeling to me as ambassadors of hope. We are making a difference in people’s lives and in a developing country’s future.
We are working with the children today, who will become the Rotaracs of tomorrow, and the country’s leaders in the future. It all begins with sharing and bringing hope, and then listening to the joy.
Sister Schools Board Chairman