You know that feeling you get on extended road-trips or long flights cramped in the middle seat? Your body starts to tingle and feel numb. At some point, your brain takes the input and signals for a modest shift in your position to alleviate your distress. We do it subconsciously. Without giving it much thought we perform a simple physical action that results in instant relief. I had never even considered what it would be like to be incapable of performing this simple action. Without the proper motor control to execute this small task, the onset of this slow undulation of discomfort is left unchecked and can actually result in devastating consequences. The children at St. Jude Consolation Home suffer from the double burden of physical disability worsened by ill-fitting, or nonexistent, mobility equipment, such that they can and have suffered these consequences.
We all lead busy lives and get caught up in our ever-growing to-do lists. But you are receiving this email because you know that you can make an enormous impact in the world with relatively minimal sacrifice. You showed your knowledge of this, and your desire to make a difference with your donation to this project. And we write to once again thank you for what you have done. Your contribution is making a true difference.
It is good to focus, from time to time, on the enormity of our capabilities; on the capacity we all posses to have a positive influence in our world. We give our time, money, and energy to those in need for different reasons. Often those reasons are hard for us to verbalize; especially for people like you who are willing to give that altruistic support to others in need with no perceived benefit for yourself. I think the secret to our compassion lies in the complexity of our emotional urge to have a purpose, a reason for being. This month, I challenge you to probe even deeper into why you feel a calling to rush to the side of the voiceless and disenfranchised, not as an answer to all of their ills, but as a teammate in their journey.
At St. Jude Children’s Home, the devoted staff are inspiring. For them, business as usual means always extending a human hand to individuals who would, were it not for a few pioneering individuals and their network of support, likely be abandoned. Parent’s Day took place just a few days ago for primary students at the St. Jude School, and the crowd was impressive. Parents of the children who attend day-school flocked in from the surrounding areas to learn about their children’s education and to consult with their children’s teachers. The turnout demonstrates the appreciation for what is taking place everyday at St. Jude School. Parents are impressed. The desire to be educated at St. Jude Primary School is forever growing in the local population. But as you know, many children don’t have the luzury of a family to send support them. These are the children you are supporting with your donations. For these children, St. Jude’s is home and we are all charged with supporting them.
The staff at St. Jude Children’s Home joins us in this charge. They are innovative in all their methods of helping the community and making every donated dollar have the greatest impact. The off-site farming operation, useful in feeding the children and generating profits to run St. Jude’s, continues to grow with new crops and new job opportunities for community members. A top item on the list of needs continues to be new and better equipment, most commonly wheelchairs, for children with disabilities at Consolation Home. The equipment that has been received so far has positively impacted the lives of those in need and continued support will certainly do more of the same.
At Social Promise, we cherish your support and hope to continue to aid you in your pursuit of an improved world. The children of Consolation Home have more obstacles in their way than just their physical disabilities or chronic medical conditions. Social Promise works with its local partners in Gulu to attempt to carry these children past each obstacle so they may pursue happiness and their own sense of purpose. The new wheelchairs being provided to the children of Consolation Home will radically improve the quality of life for these children. But these wheelchairs will not remove the countless other barriers that will stand in their way as they move through life. Your support does provide these children with opportunities to channel their energies into improving themselves as both students and individuals of a community revitalized. Your support allows these children relief from unrelenting pain and discomfort. It gives them the opportunity to look to a future, to have the chance to succeed or fail based on their merit, and not their disabilities. Our most recent message from our partner’s at St. Jude Children’s Home contained excitement, not uncharacteristic of recent years. They are grateful and excited to have your support and are eager for continued improvement.
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