Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Volunteers Change the World—One Life at a Time

A large family today.

Rakai inhabitants and RODI volunteers Godfrey and Sylvia have three children: two sons, Frank and Mark, and their newborn daughter, Veronica. RODI first came into contact with Sylvia through her membership in the Hope Again Women (HAW) program. RODI leaders soon discovered that Sylvia and Godfrey were struggling to look after four young orphaned girls in addition to their own children.

Godfrey started volunteering with RODI in June 2008 while Sylvia worked tirelessly to support other women of HAW. The proceeds from the sale of Sylvia’s jewelry and baskets allowed Sylvia and Godfrey to build a new house and continue to support their extended family while also pay for Godfrey’s continued education. Godfrey is in his final year of a teacher-training program.

Godfrey and Sylvia have a huge place in their heart for needy children and continue to look after other orphans using their own resources. Godfrey is the head of the RODI volunteers and oversees HAW. Godfrey and Sylvia are a tremendous example of how a spirit of generosity combined with effective initiatives such as Hope Again Women can change lives.

A group of volunteers in front of their beautiful home.

“We had never dreamed of living in such a house,” says Godfrey. “We think that God blessed us as a reward for caring for needy people. We will continue.”

ACT supports these grass-roots community efforts in Rakai, Uganda that directly impact women and children suffering from the social and economic ravages of AIDS. Change is happening. Be a part of it.

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