Yesterday we had the privilege of spending a day at the Mawangala Child Development Center located 13km northwest of Iganga, Uganda. And let me tell you......this is quite a place.
It’s home to approximately 50,000 residents whose homes are (typically) constructed of dirt floors, adobe walls, and if they’re lucky - tin roofs. HIV/AIDS, typhoid, malaria, and trachoma are just a few of the common health challenges that these children and families are threatened by. But the good news is that Compassion has been working there for a little under a year now and already lives are being transformed.
One of Compassion’s team members mentioned that there is a very high likelihood that we were, in fact, the very first "white people" that most of these children had ever seen before.
Hard to imagine, isn’t it?
But here’s what was amazing... While the visit from the “white men” was obviously a really big deal to the kids and the families, what they have no idea of is how much bigger of a deal it was to me and everyone else on our team to just simply have the privilege of hugging and singing...and laughing....and loving these beautiful, beautiful children who have forever touched our hearts.
Here are some of the faces of Mawangala:
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