Uguanda Volunteer Internship

Hello Friends and Family! 

I am so excited to announce to you all that I am going to Jinja, Uganda this fall!  I have applied for, and accepted, an unpaid internship at a Family Preservation Center called Abide Family Center. I will leave September 3rd, 2014 and come back December 3rd, 2014.

Abide Family Center is a government non-profit organization that is committed to keeping children out of orphanages and in their families. In Uganda, families living in severe poverty are often referred to orphanages when they can no longer support their children.  Right now, there are approximately 40,000 children in Ugandan orphanages. It is estimated that 4 out of 5 children in those orphanages have a family that loves them, but didn't think they had another option. Abide Family Center provides another option for families to stay together through emergency housing, parenting and business classes, sponsorship, and early childhood education. You can learn more about Abide Family Center here:

I am overjoyed to share with you that I will be a part of this wonderful organization through teaching in the early childhood center. The early childhood infant, toddler, and preschool care is free for families. It provides a safe, nurturing environment for children to thrive when their parents and caregivers are working in their business classes or new jobs. 

The total cost of my trip will be close to $4,000. The costs include the cost of the internship (which helps the center run), airfare, medical costs, and all school and donation materials I will be bringing with me. 

I know I could not make this trip without the love and support of you all. I am so encouraged by each and every one of you! 

Here are ways you can help:

- PRAY! Pray for me, the other three interns, and the many caregivers, staff, and families at Abide Family Center. Pray for the confidence, courage, and faith to go. Pray for all the work Abide is doing to keep families together.

- DONATE! I'm trusting God to provide for this trip, and putting my faith in all the support of my loved ones. I truly could not do it without you.

- ADVICE! Have you traveled abroad or to Africa? I would love to hear any advice on travel, packing, and what to expect! 

- Donate to Abide! The early childhood center is always in need of supplies, educational tools, and toys. The organization also has a sponsorship program that helps families get back on their feet and resettle into a home with their children. You can find a family to sponsor here:

They have an amazon wishlist you can see here:

Thank you so much for visiting my website, and supporting me with this trip. I appreciate each and every one of you!



Above are the t-shirts designed by the awesomely talented Jared Grier from Press Coverage Custom T-shirts. The caption reads "Love makes change" and they are available in v-neck or crew neck for donations $30.00 or more.

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If you have already made a donation of $30.00 or more previous to the t-shirt reward level, and are interested in a t-shirt, please send me a private message with your style (v-neck or crew) and size preference and I will do my very best to get one to you.

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