After not having written for a quite a while, and after much demand, I have decided a long post is deserved. I hope you read it up to the last word, because the last note holds very close to my heart.
My dear friend, Amelia Hirsch, who first introduced me to this small refugee camp, called Kapelebyong, just arrived back in the US from her fourth journey to Uganda. While there, she continued her work at the local school, shared Christ’s love with everyone around her, suffered from another case of malaria… I could go on, but I’ll let you hear it from her on her blog: http://ameliatouganda.blogspot.com/.
On top of all her long-lasting commitments with the camp, she also helped to work with the young women of Nu Intentions! I wanted to share just a few of these beautiful pictures she brought back showing the progression of the Nu Intentions project in Kapelebyong over the past half-year since we left.
Amelia’s friend, Allison Kettwig, joined her on this trip and designed these t-shirts for each of the girls with our original logo. And in Africa, you can wear your t-shirt for an entire week without anyone commenting on it!
With the income from making Nu Intentions’ jewelry, Miriam was able to begin her own popcorn-selling business within the camp. She’s known as the “popcorn girl” and is in high-demand. She gets the popcorn kernels from in town (2-4 hours away by truck on a dirt road, depending on the day), pops them over hot charcoals, and sells individual-size bags to the camp’s locals.
The girls are gathered in our workshop while Jesca, one of the jewelry makers, translates a letter from me to the rest of the girls. They have posted my letter on the wall, in addition to the other pictures I send them of American women wearing their jewelry. So if you own a pair of Nu Intentions’ earrings, take a picture wearing them, email it to me, and I’ll send it to them. They cherish every photo with pride and display them on the walls of the workshop for everyone to see.
Recently after we left from our first trip to Uganda, Sarah gave birth to a healthy baby girl and named her Carrie! Just as Esther named her baby girl after Amelia, it is in their culture to name a newborn after someone who has impacted their life in some way.
This young boy named Job is loved more than he’ll ever know. Just as Job in the Bible endured hardships, this 13-year old boy has experienced nothing but trials and loneliness most of his life. After both of his parents were charged as “mentally unstable” due to various traumas, Job was declared an orphan, having to fend for himself by digging daily (7 days/week) in the garden many kilometers away. Just to feed himself. After meeting this shy boy and finding out he didn’t go to school because he had to dig, I agreed to pay for him to go back to school ($5!!) if he would sweep the front step of the Nu Intentions workshop every day. He is now back in school, eating well, and is looking sharp in this new jacket Amelia bought for him.
I will be posting another story soon about Job and this new life-changing perspective I’ve found through spending time with him.