Some simple acts make us believe that there is still benevolence in the world. Acts that seem to be simple are the very acts that make us feel special. You can never know what spending just a minute or even a second at an orphanage means to the orphans?
Never underestimate your ability to make someone’s life better. You might not take them to school, or feed them when they are starving, or perhaps shelter them when they are sleeping on streets and sewage trenches, but just a simple smile would dry their deep wound inside their hearts. Simply knowing that at least there is someone who likes them.
You don’t have to be rich to do charity in Uganda. Some people wait until old age, or when they think they have got enough money that is the right time to give back and support lives. But, no matter the age, you have not done anything if you have not done any good to a person without expecting repay.
It was a big challenge by the Uganda Christian University students who visited our orphanage on Sunday, 21ST of October 2018. A group of 12 students from the Human rights association UCU, decided to spend their Sunday with the little orphans at our lovely home in Kalagi.
Truth be written, they were the first university students in Uganda to visit our orphanage, it was an act of only the brave ones. We enjoyed every bit of their stay at the home, they were engaging, fun and impactful. They spoke strong encouraging words to the kids, introduced new games to us, briefly, and we just got new family members that embraced us whole heartedly.
To us, that was enough. Sometimes in life we don’t need food to eat, or a roof to cover our heads, or a cloth to put on, all we need is genuine smile from the people around us, those to play with and those to love. And honestly, the UCU students were an amalgam of all these; they expressed a great sense of humor, love, care and hugely inspired the children at our orphanage.
More surprisingly, being university students, apparently without an independent and stable source of income, they managed to carry several gifts for the children. There is nothing that we are going to lack for this week. From sugar, laundry soap, toilet soap, sanitary towels, toilet papers, pens, pencils, clothes and shoes.
It was a huge kind act that is by far more powerful than a thousand heads bowing down in prayer. We shall be forever grateful.