One year ago, my school sponsored my trip to Uganda. While there, I had the opportunity to travel by bus to Katulikirie--a rural village where we had distributed nets. The trip was not luxurious--I was the only foreigner on the bus, and for good reason--a few months later, I read in the Ugandan paper that the same bus company was involved in a motor vehicle accident on the route that I had traveled killing at least one passenger. On arrival in Katulikirie, I was greeted by countless people including a group of children. They had come to greet me partly out of Ugandan hospitality but also out of curiosity to see what I, a foreigner, looked like. They don't have many visitors in Katulikirie. This group of children sang and danced for me for hours. They worked their names into every song, worked my name into songs, and pulled me into their circle trying to teach me how to dance as they did which of course made everyone laugh. I learned their names, their schools, where they lived, and I was excited to learn that a few of them attended the nearby grade schools--Katulikirie and Bwyale. I was going to Katulikirie the next day to speak to the children about malaria. When I arrived to Katulikirie Primary School, I realized that all of the children who had benefited from our previous distribution had graduated. Still, the entire school came out to greet me. They performed songs, gave speeches, and entertained me again for hours. Yet, what had I done for them. In one weeks time, I would fly home to the comfort of Manhattan, and they would remain in Uganda, struggling to meet their every day needs. Continuing to get sick from malaria. This summer, thanks to the generous support of people like you, we were able to provide 7,200 students in the Katulikirie area nets, including EVERY student at Katulikirie Primary School! I am relieved to know that these children are protected against malaria. Thank you for your support. We are continuing to raise money for the students that I know in Bwyale. It is difficult to know that they are getting sick with malaria while we wait.
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