Jumping for Joy – Back to Uganda (July 2014)
For more than 3 years now we have been vitally involved in the lives of almost 400 orphaned and vulnerable children in the heart of Uganda. And twice a year, since we first committed to loving these kids, we have visited them and had the opportunity to bring along some of the generous people who sponsor them from around the U.S. and from around the world. Our last trip to the CarePoints was in August of 2013 (more than 9 months ago) which is by far the longest time since we have been there…
So it is with a lot of joy and anticipation that we jump on a plan in the first week of July (just 2 weeks away) with a new team of “friends” (the aTeso word for sponsor literally translated to mean friends) to visit the kids.
A lot has happened since our last trip. New land has been acquired for crop raising at Bukedea and fences have been constructed at both Carepoints. At Ogoloi, a new well has been dug and the chicken coups have been growing as the kids learn to raise the chicks and develop a revenue stream for the Carepoint from egg sales in the nearby villages. And we are immensely excited to see the progress that has been made as a result of the ongoing micro-finance and micro-loan initiatives at each of the sites. It is always exciting to return to our home away from home and see the ongoing progress in the CarePoints, and the improvements in the lives of the kids as well as the surrounding community.
But more importantly, it is always an incredible feeling to be back with our friends, and the kids that we have truly grown to love and care for. I am actually a little saddened by the idea that some of my little buddies will have grown up so much in the last 9 months, much in the same way I feel as I watch the years fly by with my own two boys. It’s strange, but I hate to miss out on so much of the lives of these kids that today feel a part of our extended family.
Meet the Team:
Caeden de Bruin
Caeden traveled with us to Uganda last summer and will be joining us again this summer! He quickly fell in love with the kids there and made many new life long friends whom he thinks about daily and can’t wait to get back to see. He has been working hard all year to raise money for his trip. He has his own painting studio now in our garage to create paintings to sell to cover his trip expenses.
Jen de Bruin
Dylan de Bruin
This will be my 7th trip to the CarePoints since we first partnered with Hope Chest back in 2011. This trip I plan to attempt no back flips (or front flips for that matter). I’ll let the picture speak for itself. I am very eager to see the progress at the Carepoints, but much more excited just to be with my friends and extended family in Uganda.
As always, we want to thank everyone who helps us make this incredible ongoing work possible through your generous donations and sponsorship of the kids. We will work to get you all as many updates on your kids as possible, and will be sharing as much as we can on the blog and facebook as possible while we are on the ground and when we return.
Watch this space 🙂