We have a team going to Uganda right after Thanksgiving and one of the things we are looking forward to is visiting a village and giving a pregnant goat to a widow, orphan, or a person with a handicap. These events are always a time of great celebration in the village. Everyone turns out even if they are not receiving a goat. There is great joy. Then we share a meal with the villagers and there are several speaches. Someone from our team will be asked to tell them why we come and give goats away. Local government officials will be there, and our partner Ugandan NGO will share their thoughts. These goat celebrations are always a high point of our trips. There are 10 on our team and 4 have never been to Uganda before so this will be a special time for them.
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I just returned from Ugnada after a three year absence due to Covid and Ebola. What a blessing it was to be back and among our Ugandan team mates. We traveled to major project areas to check on our various projects, We were able to make plans for our next goat distribution in November. This is where we give a pregnant goat to a widow, orphan, or a person with a handicap. I look forward to being back there in November/December to help with the distribution. Thank you for helping to fund this special project. We can always use more funds. It was also encouraging to see some substantial rains return to the area which should relieve some of the famine that they have suffered through for the past two or three years. We also visited a new school that we helped construct in a very remorte village in NE Uganda. We are on a roll.
Over and over I hear from the recipients of the pregnant goats that we give to widows, orphans and the handicapped how this has changed their lives. I also hear it regularly from the local government leaders in Uganda that attend our goat distributions. Many times they have told us "you are helping my people in ways that we can't because of lack of funds". Our work in NE Uganda is highly regarded by the local leaders. I will be in Uganda next week and will get a full report on this vital project. I will report back to you when I return.
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