“I managed to catch up with Amos, a student that RSK consultant landscape architect Emily Wilkinson raised money for last year to support him through his welding and sheet metal work course at NVI. He wanted me to ensure that everyone at RSK knew how grateful he was, and said that without this opportunity, he wasn’t sure what he would be doing. Amos is a wonderful, funny and ambitious young man and I feel so incredibly proud of him, and I hope the people that donated do too! When I left, I told him I would be updating everyone on his progress. He was astounded to hear that ‘everyone’ was quite a lot of people, and was even more shocked when I told him about his picture being on the RSK website last year!
Left: Me, Amos, and his friends. Right: Me and Amos
“I could go on and on about all the incredible things that happened on the trip (you can read more on the trip blog), but I will stick with just one personal highlight, which has to be when I met Amina, and decided to sponsor her through her three-year hairdressing course at NVI. £39 per month provides everything for the student while they are at NVI. UgandAid sponsors the most vulnerable students, who would otherwise have no chance of any further education, and over 90% of students go on to full-time employment on completion of their course.
“It has astounded me how the people we met invited us all into their homes and their hearts. They value friendship and family in a way that many do not, and when they are given opportunities, they selflessly share the rewards with all those they care about. There is so much poverty in the world that is it easy to think you could not change a thing. However, even if you cannot change the world for everyone, you could change the world for someone. This trip and this charity overwhelmingly demonstrate this philosophy, and they set an example to me and to us all.”
The 2019 UgandAid team
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