Seeds of Promise International:
Changing the face of Uganda ...
One child at a time!
Seeds of Promise is a charitable, not-for-profit organization founded to care for the most poverty-stricken and disadvantaged children in Uganda, East Africa. Our vision is to build and operate an orphanage and school for both blind and sighted children in rural Uganda. We want every child in our care not only to receive a high quality education, but also to feel valued, loved, nurtured, as well as the distinct sense that he or she is part of a larger, caring, Christian family.
Did you know that the nation of Uganda has a population of 32 million people? (That's about as many as every man, woman, and child living in the entire state of California - or all of Canada.) But imagine this: 2.3 million children living in Uganda are orphans with no parents to meet any of their needs. The vast majority of these forgotten children have lost their parents and other family members due to hunger, disease, AIDS, and abject poverty. They live on the street to fend for themselves, completely and utterly alone. It is our dream to take in a few dozen of these precious youngsters at the Seeds of Promise Children's Home, where they'll be provided with many of the same basic necessities that our children here at home simply take for granted.
We've all heard it said that education is the key to success - and the best way to break the grinding cycle of poverty. The poorest children of Uganda have little hope of education, as finding enough food to eat and a safe place to spend each night is their primary focus. In the case of the most needy children who are also blind, the situation goes from grave to dire. It is our heartfelt desire to open the Seeds of Promise Primary School to provide a well-rounded education for all children in our care, blind and sighted alike.
Running shoes ... Sandals ... Dress shoes ... Flip flops ... Rubber boots ... Even water waders ... Most of us own so many different pairs of shoes that we'd be hard-pressed to count them all on one hand. The reason for this is simple and quite obvious: we'd never dream of heading out the door barefoot on our way to school, work, or the grocery store.
(Not even if the sun is blazing hot and there isn't a cloud in the sky.) Yet this is exactly what millions of village children all over the world do each and every day. And theirs is not a two-minute walk to the car or a ten-minute stroll to the bus-stop. Rather, it is, all to often, a three-mile walk to school, or a six-mile round-trip to fetch water.
It was a story of a young Ugandan boy selling his only pair of tattered shoes so he could buy the required uniform to attend school that prompted us to begin work on the Shillings for Shoes project. We have already hand-delivered almost a thousand pairs of shoes to some of the poorest and most precious children in Tanzania and Peru (helping them avoid contracting hookworm and a whole host of other parasitic diseases) - and we don't intend to stop there.