Well, here we go. This girl will be on the move again staring May 26. This journey will take me a little bit farther than the places that my last few adventures have, but I’m more excited than ever. I will be travelling to Jinja, Uganda for just over nine weeks. I really don’t think that any of this has really sunk in yet.
To say I’m excited is a complete understatement. To say I’m nervous doesn’t even come close to explaining the emotions that I’m feeling. There are so many mixed emotions, but at the same time I know that this is exactly what I’m supposed to be doing. Some of the trip is still in the planning stages, but I took the leap and purchased my plane tickets early this week. Hitting that buy button was slightly frightening, but I can now say with 100% confidence that I am going to Uganda this summer.
The organization that I will be working with for the majority of my trip is Abide. Basically, they are working to avoid having parents ever reach the point where they would have to give up their children due to preventable situations. Here’s a brief description from their website about what they are wanting to accomplish through this center:
“Abide Family Center will provide holistic, strengths based, social services to vulnerable families. The center will serve as a transitional living and learning facility by providing caregivers the tools necessary to move toward independence. Families will be referred to the center by local government officials who have determined the family’s need for supportive services rather than the removal of the child from the home. A team of social workers will work with families to create individualized care plans. Depending on a number of factors, the family will receive either out-of-home supportive services or in-home supportive services. Some of the services provided directly by the center will include: vocational classes and apprenticeships, parenting discussion groups, money management classes, nutrition planning, and child care services.” (http://www.abidefamilycenter.org)
I will be working with Megan and Kelsey there, setting up the center so that they will be at a place to start taking in families late this coming summer. I’m very excited about the opportunity to work with them in what I believe is such an important mission. Children belong in families. That’s all it boils down to.
I am also hoping to visit the dear Collies from Sole Hope! I’m so excited about that!
Unfortunately, all this does not come without a significant monetary cost. Everything from flights to transportation to housing to food add to the cost of the trip. While there are many expenses, I know that this is something that I’m supposed to be doing. Therefore, I am trusting that somehow I will be able to raise support to cover at least part of the cost of the trip.
Here are some of the approximate costs of the trip:
Housing/Other Expenses while in Uganda: $1500 – $2000
I would also like to be able to raise money to take for the organizations themselves. I will hopefully be working with another organization before Abide, and will post an update with details and extra costs when that is finalized. Abide is also looking for used laptops that the social workers at the center can use. So if you have an extra laptop lying around and would be willing to donate it, please let me know!
At this point, I do not have a way to make donations tax deductible. I’m still trying to work at finding a way to make this possible, but as of now I do not have a way to do this. Any donation would be greatly appreciated. While this is something I know I should be doing, the costs associated with it are still somewhat overwhelming. If you do not need the donation to be tax deductible, I will put my address and PayPal email bellow. I will also update everyone if/when I find a way for donations to be tax deductible.
Even if you are not able to help support me financially, if you could partner with me in prayer for this trip and the time leading up to it, that would be appreciated more than you know.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this or even think about the possibility of supporting me through this new adventure!
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