I returned from Uganda determined to do something to help these young women build a better life for themselves and their children. Along with organizations and individuals from both the U.S. and Uganda, I am working to develop a safe and sustainable environment where they can live and work, providing for themselves and their families and contributing to the surrounding communities.
I also continue to visit and speak with adults and students throughout Uganda about finding the gifts and talents they have been given, and about ways to use these gifts to improve their own lives and the lives of others.
When people ask me how I ended up going to Uganda, I don’t really know what to say, as there was nothing in my background, my education, my training, or my bucket list that was pointing me toward the continent of Africa. Yet I felt a calling, and I discovered in myself gifts of determination, compassion, faith and fortitude that compelled me to do what I knew had to be done.