about the poor Bill
July 13, 2012
is the “reality” for them!
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Update: A young 21 year old man, Moses, leads a catholic youth ministry in, Masaka, Uganda and is one of my contacts in the country. Moses and I have established the ALTERNATIVE INCOME PROGRAM "Empowering Families". We have established the program that specifically targets marginalised women, providing them with productive resources such as sewing machines for a tailoring business, milking/breeding animals, financial literacy workshops, enabling them to generate a sustainable source of income for their families. The attached photos show Sylvia (number 2 recipient) and Grace (number 3 recipient) with young Moses. God enables many great things to happen.
|Nakandi Sylvia and Moses||Ms. Nandawula Grace||Ms. Nandawula Grace and Moses|
is the “reality” for them!
We started back
at school this week and I emailed each staff member at school a picture to
reflect upon. This is a classroom in Uganda, not uncommon amongst those out in
the rural villages. I commented to our staff that I did not send the
to shock them or to elicit any thoughts of empathy, but as a realisation
exercise in that we are so quick to complain at times about the simplest of
things, oversized classrooms, technology not working, not enough highlighters,
you know what I mean. I posed the question: How would you cope?
reflect back to September 2009 when I visited Ngugulo Primary School in Uganda
on a goodwill visit. I decided I would take the year 2 class for Maths.
I walked into this mud brick classroom and felt so overwhelmed. In front of me were 72 children of varying ages, mostly about 8 years, 4 desks, dirt and partly concreted floor, no windows, no textbooks, no technology, a faded blackboard and no chalk. I thank God for pebbles, twigs and clumps of dirt that are as useful in teaching Maths as plastic counters or MAB blocks.
aspect that I appreciated so much was that while there was so much that these 72
children didn’t have, every single one was glued to my every word, listening
with a smiling face, happy, simply happy because they were at school, getting an
education. This was a great learning curve for me. You cannot appreciate the
effect that it has on you unless you have been there, live it, sense it, and act
it. So back to the picture: You can see the conditions in this classroom, but it
is an image, a real scenario, but still for us an image. We are removed from the
characters within it; we cannot even imagine that such a classroom could exist.
And while the image may cause some to want to do something about the situation,
what I wanted our staff to gain was the resolution to be so very thankful for
what we have. To ponder this image next time we wanted to gripe about something
and determine whether it is worthy of complaining about.