Did you know that the RUHU kids are working on a music album?
Neither did I! I can't tell you...
2020. The words sounded nice. The symmetry of the words and the numbers made us look forward to leaving 2019 behind.
In the end, it taught us a lot.
In 2020, we commemorated a decade of partnership between Beautiful Response and Raising Up Hope for Uganda. It also became the first year since 2010 that we did not go to Uganda.
Next week Tuesday (12/1) is a day dedicated to giving, a day to celebrate generosity. People around the globe are inspired by the power that their generosity has in making a positive change in the lives of others. On Giving Tuesday you can make the choice to show your generosity to a non-profit that you believe makes a difference. Beautiful Response is fortunate to be partners with two such organizations.
Patrick, William, and the staff at RUHU have weathered an incredible year. We all have, haven't we? But for children on the margins of Uganda's society, the dangers of hunger and disease come much closer to home.
In our last email we asked for your help raising $25,000.
Within 48 hours, we had reached our goal.
For the past 3-4 months, we have been waiting for word from the Ugandan government about the future of education. Last week, they sent out the requirements necessary for schools to reopen. Each school must receive permission to reopen based on meeting new sanitation requirements. This morning (Tuesday, 9/1) an inspector came to RUHU and confirmed that significant renovations need to happen ASAP.
The last month has been incredibly encouraging. My last update was dour. The pandemic has made a variety of things frustrating. The disruption in our routine forced us to rethink the way we support and communicate with RUHU. As a result, we've been more in touch with staff in Uganda than ever before. The wonders of technology have allowed us to have long, clear conversations to work through significant issues.
This past month marked the ten year anniversary of our partnership with RUHU. It wasn't what I hoped it would be. Ten years ago, I would have imagined that making it 10 years in partnership with Patrick and William would be celebrated with a party, a huge fundraiser, or waves of emotion. In ten years, I thought we would have smoothed out the bumps and gained a clear vision of what the next few years would look like.
In 2010 when we first visited Raising Up Hope for Uganda, the kids had safety. Usually they had food.
In 2011, we focused on making education a reality for all of them.
In 2012, we knew we had to address the issue of space.