The COVID-19 pandemic has obviously had a tremendous impact on the Sister Schools program. School closures in Western Washington and in Uganda called a halt to our usual programming of supply drives, distribution trips, and presentations. But we still believe that compassion, service, and social responsibility are vitally important lessons for children and young adults, especially in the midst of a pandemic.
COVID-19 has forced a massive shift in programming here at Sister Schools. We are looking forward to a future that returns us to supply drives, container shipments, and distribution tours. We have also been reckoning with the reality of life under lockdown in Uganda. Coronavirus lockdowns have only exacerbated conditions that force students out of schools.
Sanda is one of fifteen women at Ray of Hope Ministry who received micro-grants thanks to our Virtual Gala! She currently lives at the church with two of her nine children. They were evicted from their last home when Sanda could no longer afford rent.
You provided Sanda with the funds she needed to transition from selling clothing to selling tomatoes. Hear directly from Sanda about her gratitude and why she chose tomatoes – plus a look at local artisans at work!