The children you helped at St. Jude Children's Home are currently doing well attending the Second Term of their school year and/or gaining strength at Consolation Home. U.S. volunteers Will and Joe, who were living at St. Jude's for the last five months, keeping us constantly updated with news about the children and staff there, have left St. Jude's for the time being but have plans to return some day. While they were there they helped to get us more detailed stories of the children with special needs living in Consolation Home.
Here is the story of one boy at Consolation Home:
Simon became handicap in 2006 after he fell out of a eucalyptus tree. While receiving treatment at Lacor Hospital for his injury he met Brother Elio who invited him to live at St. Jude Children's Home where he would receive help for his disabilities as well as the chance to continue his education at one of the only full inclusion schools in northern Uganda. Simon says that he enjoys St. Jude for the education and health services he receives there; the treatment he receives is quick and effective. He talks of how grateful he is for being taken in by Brother Elio and St. Jude because with the education he is receiving at St. Jude he has a hope for the future. When he finishes his studies he wants to be a doctor and help others. Simon’s advice for persevering through difficult times is to think about the future and to not dwell on the past.
Imagine a person in Simon's position giving us inspiration for our lives. Truly amazing, right?
Thank you for making his education, and the education of many others, possible.
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