As we fly our last leg of the trip from Uganda back to our home, Seattle, memories run through my mind like the clouds that so peacefully are passing us by 30,000 feet below. And I am filled with deep joy, gratitude, hope and excitement.
In the next few weeks, we have the great pleasure of presenting our trip to all the amazing children that generously gave school supplies, which we had the honor of delivering. I can’t wait to tell the children the impact they had on the children in Uganda that we met. How a pencil and spiral notebook can make the difference in the future of a child their age. And how teachers can now teach with visual aids because chalk, poster size paper and markers were part of the supplies we delivered. How every Ugandan child that I met wanted me to give a message back to the youth in Seattle the “biggest thank you” possible and how they often said they couldn’t find the words to express how much it meant to them.
Yet what I truly can’t wait to share the most with the school children is that they gave someone on the other side of the world hope. Their simple, yet thoughtful, actions created a ripple effect in a youth a world away. And in turn my wish is that they see that they can continue making a difference in the lives of others in small, yet deeply impactful ways. It makes my heart beat with such content knowing that youth by youth, on both parts of the world, are realizing that they truly matter.
What a wonderful future this world could turn out to be, one pencil and smile at a time.
P.S. If you would like to join us for our upcoming school return presentations or if you would like to grab coffee and talk about ways to partner with us and help grow the Sister Schools movement, please email me directly at trina(at)sisterschools(dot)org