A friend sent me this link to an all girls brass band in Mbale, Uganda. She knew my love of Uganda and how delighted I would be to see this beautiful land again even through YouTube. I am so proud … Continue reading →
Outside the western world, education is not “free.” For those living in the underdeveloped world, education is most often funded by fees charged to parents. For many families, school is an expensive privilege that they spend day in and day out clamoring to provide for their children. However, the reality is –there is never enough money to cover all the fees, so if there is money available –it often goes to pay for the schooling of the sons.
Even then, because gathering semester fees is so far out of the reach of a family, boys go to school erratically and often sit out for several semesters at a time while a family seeks to gather the money. While living in Uganda I watched family after family dealing with the weighty burden of collecting money that would cover boarding costs, food costs, uniform costs, exam sitting costs, supply costs and teacher’s salary costs.
For girls to make it to school, they often have to have an outside sponsor who will commit to provide the cost. Whenever circumstances work out just right and a girl gets the chance to go to school, you have a very motivated student!
For societies all over the world educating girls is a stabilizing proposition but Boko Haram finds it more scary than stabilizing as detailed in this New York Times article by Nicholas Kristof.
I continue to be drawn to the blog site paradoxuganda written by Doctors Scott and Jennifer Myhre. Here are two entries that compel me to see the news of an epidemic as more than cold abstract statistics. When I read … Continue reading →
Two days ago James said, “Mom, Ebola has broken out in western Uganda.” I said a quick prayer for the country that I love and moved on without having that news grip my heart in the way that it should … Continue reading →
Ever since our return from the mission field, friends have asked, "Will you ever go back?" That question stirs so many emotions. My mind races with remembrances and I think, "It was a call not a decision when we went … Continue reading →
August 7, 2004 Dear Friend Jane, Well my friend, I have spent two birthdays in Africa now. On our return trip we had an eventful time in London. Our flight to Entebbe was delayed 5 hours so we spent the … Continue reading →
June 14, 2004 Dear Jane, I trust the time with Nancy and David Writebol was good for all, they seem like such a devoted missionary couple. I told Mike I hope you heard stories of people impassioned for Christ. I … Continue reading →