“How was your trip?”  This question is normally very easy to answer when returning from a vacation, but I have struggled this time because it is difficult to put into words what this experience was like.  Having the chance to travel to Uganda with 17 other Americans was a dream come true for my daughter, Ali.  I was excited to accompany her, but I was also a little apprehensive. As expected, returning… Read More

It’s been about a month since I returned from 2 weeks in Uganda and I’m settling back into the familiarity of my everyday life.  This was my 3rd trip to the African continent (the first time with HopeChest) and there has always been some unsettlement as I have returned and tried to wrap my heart and mind around what I experienced yet continue to live my ridiculously blessed life. I thought I’d… Read More

And then there were three: Ogoloi Friday, August 21, 2015 I was up early with the roosters, grabbed my coffee and headed outside to my favorite perch in the courtyard.  I’ve been missing several sunrises.  We are headed to Ogoloi today, our third CarePoint that is just down the road from Soroti. The word “expectations” is ringing loud in my ears this morning. As I sat on the stoop sipping coffee, God… Read More

Pit Stop: Soroti to Ongongoja Once we left Bukedea, we made an overnight pitstop in Soroti at the home of Elotu Joseph, the Director of HopeChest in Uganda.  Immaculate cooked for us, washed our clothes and we had some hints of ‘home’ surrounding us.  I loved the outdoor courtyard where the roosters and chickens roamed freely. It was the perfect spot for morning coffee, but more on that later. Our shared dorm… Read More

Jen asked me to share my personal blog posts and trip stories from my trip to Uganda in August. I posted them below and here is the link to the posts on my blog Bukedea Posts ~Lori Somers Bukedea Sponsorship It all started in December 2011, when I chose a little boy to sponsor in Uganda through Children’s HopeChest.  I knew nothing about this program or organization. But friends of my daughter were beginning to do… Read More

This trip to Uganda was a different kind of experience for me than any of the trips I have taken before. It was in the midst of a very busy and dynamic summer. I’d experienced a good amount of change in life and had been constantly moving from thing to thing and then got on a plane to Uganda, a place close to my heart and a place I had spent 3… Read More

I wrote on the bus as we drove miles away from where we left our hearts.  What just happened to our large team?  We physically wept and bawled like babies as we hugged total strangers. Ah, but after living in their village and stepping foot in their huts, they are no longer strangers, but friends.   God gave me very different eyes for this trip. My sad, judgmental eyes were replaced with… Read More

Health & Well-being Welcome back! This is the third post in a series here at Orphans of Teso called Sponsoring Smiles.  We’ve already talked about how your sponsorship dollars impact the FOOD the children receive and the WATER they drink. Today I want to talk about how sponsorship helps provide basic medical care and emotional well-being for the children. There’s a lot I could talk about with respect to health care in Uganda. There are… Read More

THIRTY EIGHT DOLLARS $38 is the cost to sponsor one child.  How does $38 come to change someone’s life?  In fact, not just one person’s life, but help change a whole community?  Okay, the truth is that the money does not make those changes (but it is necessary!) and I still don’t fully grasp the process of moving whole communities from surviving to succeeding. However, I do know that it takes an incredible… Read More

There are moments in life when you look back and you know that they were defining, that they changed you, and that even if you tried, you couldn’t forget.  For me one of those moments was my trip to Uganda a few years ago.  I remember getting out of the van and being greeted by a sea of smiling faces and dancing feet all so excited to see me, even though we… Read More