How HOPE and DIGNITY are Transforming Uganda One Person at a Time.
After about 72 hours of travel, our van turned its final corner and there in front of us was Musana. Like many Ugandan schools, it is surrounded by a fence with a guard shack. As you look through the fence, you can see acres of colorful buildings full of children eating in the pavilion, playing volleyball, helping each other fill up jerrycans and laughing. Oh, that laughter! You know the kind that makes your insides smile.
We all excitedly pile out of the van. As we walk in something unusual happens. The kids just glance at us, give a polite smile, say hello and go back to their activity.
For those you who haven’t traveled to developing countries, this may seem "normal." So for your sake, I will take a few moments to describe a typical arrival. It’s something more like a celebrity arriving at a nightclub; people screaming, cameras flashing, hands grabbing then pushing then grabbing again. In Uganda, we are called Mzungu (rich white people), and when we come rolling into a village, children get very excited, run with our van and yell "Mzungu!"
Ok back to Musana…
We are greeted by Musana’s director and led to their administrative offices. We got to meet their all-Ugandan team including; social workers, educators, accountants, ministry directors, and interns. They took time to teach us more about the organization. After that, we had the opportunity to meet some of the children who attend Musana’s Primary School. They were told we were visiting from the United States and they were to be our hosts and show us around their school. The kids began to pair up with us and show us their classrooms, the volleyball and netball courts and soccer field. We also got to see the brightly colored rooms, neatly made beds with mosquito nets, and after-school shoes lined up on racks. As they showed us around, they gently held our hands and called us auntie or uncle rather than Mzungu. Then, when the tour was over, like most children they gravitated to their favorite after-school activity.
Why is this place so different? Why didn't we get our usual fanfare? Why are the children so peaceful and content? It starts with their vision statement:
“To see rural communities in Uganda develop using sustainable solutions that give HOPE and DIGNITY to the most vulnerable.”
Those two words HOPE and DIGNITY, coming from a Biblical perspective, are powerful enough to transform this sweet school, and I believe the world. So, if you are looking to partner with a ministry that is locally run, working toward self-sustainability, and desires to be a part of what God is doing to transform the world through HOPE and DIGNITY, check out Musana.
PS. Musana is more than just a primary school. Included in their many self-sustaining efforts are; a secondary school, a vocational school, community outreach program and an expanding hospital.