Fourteen children in the small village of Nteko in South West Uganda are in need of support in order to return to school after the Covid19 shutdown. Covid19 has had a devastating impact on the villager's ability to work, attend school, and have access to food. The schools have now reopened but without financial assistance the children cannot afford the school fees, supplies, and uniforms required to attend. A school term is three months in duration and each term has associated fees.
This campaign originally started as a request for funds to open a food store in Nteko, Uganda. A food store would have made food accessible without long travel and costs to neighboring towns thereby making food prices less. The proceeds from the store would have gone back into the village to help the village be self-sufficient. Given not enough funds were raised to open the store, the donations given here have been redirected to help the children of Nteko return to school. All those who donated previously for the food store gave permission to redirect their donations.
I first came to know of Nteko while I was on a gorilla trek in Uganda last year and I had a very kind porter, Tanas Ntumoha, assist me who was from the village. I was struck by the compassionate and helping spirit of Tanas as we spent the day together trekking through the jungle and he so kindly assisted me and stayed on high alert of my needs during the challenges I faced that day. It was through him I learned of Nteko and how his villagers were suffering from starvation. I shared the desperate need of these villagers with my friends on facebook and was met with overwhelming support through donations that provided food for Nteko families. Tanas and his brother Martin traveled to the distant stores, purchased food items in bulk, and brought them back to the villagers for distribution. I was sent many photos of smiling villagers as Tanas and Martin delivered the food.
I am hopeful that together we can make a positive and lasting impact on the village of Nteko. In a world that is so large and so in need, we can make an impact by bringing aid and joy to a small corner of it.
- Laina Christner
- Isabel Sánchez
- Gus Stone
- Gus Stone