|Students at Rock of Ages|
While I was in Uganda, I had the pleasure of spending a lot of time with the children at Rock of Ages in Mbiko. Their smiles were and still are infectious.
I got to laugh and play with them, hold their hands, give them high-fives and a lot of hugs. I traveled to Uganda with small gifts I could hand out to help bring smiles to those I came in contact with. While I know my gifts won't last very long or significantly change any lives, I learned that education is just as important and significant in Uganda as it is anywhere else in the world. A solid education can, essentially, change the course of a child's life.
To receive an education in Uganda, even in primary school, there are fees required. Mbiko is a very poor village and families cannot afford to pay school fees for their children--this is why sponsorship is so important. Fees pay the teachers, fees pay for uniforms, and fees pay to purchase food. Sadly, not every child receives a meal at home. But, every child at Rock of Ages is guaranteed at least one meal; many times, the meal they eat at school is the only meal they consume each day.
While spending time at Rock of Ages, I fell in love with a little girl named Martha. I learned that Martha was one of many children still on the list waiting to be sponsored. I also learned that Martha would celebrate her 4th birthday a few days after I returned home to the United States. I gave Martha and her mother a few small gifts before I left on behalf of Scott and myself, but I believe the best gift Scott and I gave them was sponsorship. We decided to sponsor Martha to ensure she receives a good education to help pave a better future.
|Me with Martha & her mom|
|Me & Martha|
Sponsoring a child guarantees a spot in the school for the sponsored child. $20 per month is all it takes to enable your child to receive an education by qualified teachers, one meal & juice each school day, and a school uniform. If you're interested in sponsoring a child, click here to learn more.
|Students in Class at Rock of Ages|