By Adam Hawkins - Member of Executive Board of Directors
Board members meeting with Director of St. Jude's
As spring abruptly changes to summer, we at Social Promise are still hard at work, focusing our efforts on continual progress and innovation. Currently two of our board members, including our Executive Director, are on site in Gulu, Uganda following through with our ongoing projects and meeting with our local partners and community leaders to further Social Promises’ ability to make effective and culturally appropriate impacts within the community. Our fellow board members have continued to keep us updated on the progress of the projects and recently had an extensive meeting with the Director of St. Jude’s Children’s Home, Julius Oola. As is often the case, his report was filled with stories of success and triumph as well as new concerns and ongoing struggles. Tragically, one of the youngest children at St. Jude’s was recently involved in a cooking accident that resulted in her eventual death. This immensely sad event serves as yet another startling reminder of the thin line between life and death the children in Gulu are faced to straddle on a daily basis. The administration of St. Jude’s as well as all of us at Social Promise will continue to pursue improvements to the safety of all that call St. Jude’s home.
Although none of us are immune to the unpredictable and often unfair calamities that life can confront us with, we at Social Promise still strive to mitigate the challenges faced by the children at St. Jude’s. With your continued support we can continue to lift physically disabled children from the dirt and in doing so, provide them independence and a chance at a life without immobility and unnecessary deformity. Providing these children with proper wheelchairs not only saves lives, it resuscitates the spirit. We don’t claim to have all the answers to the problems facing these children but we are committed to partnering with them to solve the issues that THEY feel most passionately about. We believe in providing these children with every opportunity to succeed in whatever path they chose to pursue. We invite you to continue to take part in forsaking hopelessness and standing alongside Social Promise and the children & administration of St. Jude’s Children’s Home as we forge on into an exciting future. Be on the lookout for our next Global Giving update, as it will contain a more in-depth report on the events surrounding our boards’ current site visit. Thank you as always, and may you all continue to be champions of hope.
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