Lunch is Served

Part 6: 2016 Uganda Trip series Last February, the bright and generous idea of one eight-year-old birthday girl and her mom raised enough money to feed lunch to every student at St. Venansio’s Primary school for an entire three-month trimester.  Forgoing typical birthday gifts and instead asking friends and family to donate to students in…

Having a Ball

Part 5: 2016 Uganda Trip series Three sports are most common in Central Uganda: soccer, netball and volleyball.  Soccer is predominantly played by boys and netball by girls; volleyball is enjoyed by both. As part of the One HeART Project, our Chicago team bought all three kinds of balls, pumps and nets to bring to…

Coloring Uganda

Part 4: 2016 Uganda Trip series Inspiring creativity through color was the original idea Ellie Arndt and Sophie Criscione had as they launched the One HeART Project with their brother/cousin Will Arndt in early May. They set a goal to raise $2500 and were delighted when their GoFundMe site passed $3000. They purchased and collected…

Smile for the camera

Part 3: 2016 Uganda Trip Series One of the greatest aspects of our trip is delivering care packages from our U.S. sponsors to the One Heart Uganda scholars.  Thoughtful letters, photos and small gifts bring to life an abstract idea half way across the world.  To see the students’ faces light up with recognition reading…

Coming Home

Part 2: 2016 Uganda Trip series The ride from Kampala to Lwamata takes roughly two hours. As you leave the city limits the roadside stands and structures give way to rolling green hills, and banana trees grow closer to the roads.  Villages appear sporadically and vegetable stands, butchers and furniture makers’ shops line the road…