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…

Packing with Purpose

Part One: 2016 Uganda Trip series As many who helped us prepare for our trip know, we did not pack lightly.  In fact, to bring all of the students’ beautiful care packages and more than 5000 colored markers and pencils – we filled 9 suitcases (generously donated by many). And, we needed another set of…

Contagious Inspiration

It started when his younger sister, Abby, went on service trips to Asia and West Africa, said Wil Schinderle. “I felt like it was time for me to do something and she really inspired me.”   Wil, a junior at New Trier High School, heard that we needed luggage to bring our care packages to…

Heartfelt Service

Last month, Ellen Totaro, a Freshman at Lane Tech High School and alumni of St. Andrew School, chose One Heart Uganda as her Freshman Research Project.  The assignment was to pick a global problem in one country, write a paper and conduct a community service project in support of the topic. “I picked the lack…

Connecting worlds

“Why would a boy in Uganda want one of our gym t-shirts?” It’s hard for children and adults to imagine how simple gifts packed in Chicago can arrive in the hands of grateful students half way around the world. Not to mention, how these students will feel about something we take for granted, like a...

13,200 lunches: kids feeding kids

Remember your eight-year old birthday – what memories does it trigger?  Birthday cake and candles, a circle of friends, a Battleship game or Lip Smackers, pin-the-tail on the donkey? Harper Jordan and her mom, Laura, imagined something quite different – raising money for students in Uganda. Instead of gifts, this year Harper asked the girls...