This isn't a typical post. For the last five years, Brea and I have been focused on trying to heal as best we can as a family, one day at a time. Redeeming some of the pain and sadness has come by working with orphans in a remote village in Uganda and many of you have been a huge part of that effort.
Through generous giving from people like you, over 70 orphans and vulnerable children have been sponsored - which funds their basic health and education needs. Additionally, through the four Superhero Ball fundraiser's we were able to raise over $150,000. Here is a list of the types of projects successfully funded: multiple income producing farming projects, a micro-finance fund for the entire village of Rubanda, Uganda, clothing and shoes for children, new restrooms for The Murole Preparatory School, computers for a community technology center, and Jacob's House - a boys dormitory at the Murole Prep School. It's mind blowing to see what people's generosity can do for a community on the other side of the world.
It's hard to believe this Sunday, June 12th, 2016 will be the 5th anniversary of Jacob's passing. I often describe to people that it feels like the last 5 years has been a lifetime and a blur at the same time. While our hearts will always be broken for Jacob, the best way we know how to push back against the darkness is to bring light into our life by helping others.
This Sunday will be difficult, but in preparation for that, we want to let a little light in by helping these kids as much as we can. Once again, we need your help to do it. Over the next few days I'm asking you to give in two ways:
First, please consider giving to The Uganda Leadership and Skills Development Fund we have set up through Children's Hopechest by donating here. HopeChest Uganda staff are working with each CarePoint to identify youth that either have an interest or aptitude toward specific skills and those that are not able to continue with formal education. Older youth are selected from different CarePoints to go through skills development programs (tailoring, mechanic courses, etc.), to help them earn an income for themselves and their families. Additionally, each Carepoint will be intentionally investing in the older youth to become leaders within their community.
The second way you can give is by becoming a Sponsor of one of the children at the Murole Carepoint by clicking here. It only takes $38 a month to help change the course of one child's entire life. You will be blessed by the letters of "thank you" and updates you receive from the child you sponsor.
Please share this with others today on facebook or email as we continue to remember Jacob's love and the difference that his life continues to make.