Day 2 in Bukedea CarePoint
It feels great to know that we can bring home great looking pictures for all of you out there who have a sponsored a child here at the CarePoint. There were about 8 kids that were not there today, but we hope to catch them tomorrow as well as try and capture some video of the unsponsored kids.
After lunch, several members of the team went out to visit some of the kid’s homes. These visits are always tough to cope with as the living conditions are generally appalling and the reality is that there really isn’t one kid whose living situation wouldn’t absolutely break your heart. Such a large portion of the Bukedea population is infected with HIV or living in extreme poverty that it is difficult to comprehend. The CarePoint is filled with so many smiles, so much laughter and an air of such happiness that it is easy to forget that we are surrounded by a starving and dying people. It truly is a refuge for these kids.
In particular I was thrilled to spend a bunch of time with Silver, who is a budding electrician at the CarePoint. He spends his spare time working to fix up old broken radios and televisions and is quite a star with the younger kids. We chatted for an hour or so about creating a business plan for a solar panel business that would allow locals to charge their cell phones. This model has been used widely across Africa and is very successful. Believe it or not, the majority of Africans (even the very poor) have cell phones. There are really no land lines across most of Uganda, but the cell companies have found great ways to be profitable despite the poverty. They basically give the phones away…actually, they literally give the phones away…and then sell airtime to people who purchase minutes whenever they can.
Tomorrow, we will visit more homes and spend some time getting video and more info on the unsponsored kids. If you (or someone you know) might be in a position to help sponsor one of the Bukedea kids for $34 a month, you can check out the profiles of the children at the Bukedea Community page at http://www.hopechest.org/community/bukedea/sponsor/
Thanks again…..here are a few good pics from the day.