It all happened one day as we were sitting in the living room and were watching CNN. There was a story that ran about African children and their plight. The story was about a war torn country that had rendered life impossible for the men, women and children. I looked at my wife as she wiped the tears from her eyes and I could tell what she was thinking. We both were wishing at that moment that we could do something. We later toyed with the idea of moving to Africa and settled on it. Why not? My wife was a nurse and I was a trainer at a survivor camp. The fact that we were newly married helped make such decisions easier since we did not have kids.
My wife is an easy which made it all easier for me. We landed in Uganda and were soon whisked away to out camp. The accommodation was decent which was more than we expected. We were set up in an orphanage that also doubled as a treatment center for the community. The reality on the ground instantly hit us. The situation was desperate. This led me to appreciate what we had back home. The sight of scrawny children with worn out clothes and bare feet brought tears to my eyes. They were playing and running up and about which was a sight considering the conditions they were living in. The patients were pouring in and I realized soon enough that the medicine that the center had was not enough to handle the crowds of sick men, women and children that were pouring into the center. A walk in the villages proved to me that I had a lot to be grateful for. The run don houses, sickness and poverty in the region we were in was astonishing. The country was recovering from the largest genocide this world has ever seen which was clearly visible in the eyes of the men and women. In all this sadness, I was welled up with the satisfaction of knowing that we were two people making a difference in a world of pain. I often thought about how many more lives would be changed if more people cared enough to reach out and touch lives. This led me to working on ways to raise funds for the center from well wishers which went a long way to keep the center running. We now work full time with the organization and have the experience of working with the needy in the country. We make frequent trips to offer help with our children doubling up as our vacations.