As you know, Change the Truth board member Carol went to St. Mary Kevin Orphanage a few weeks ago. She met with Joseph, Rosemary and Joan (the young woman who is being groomed to take over at some point.) Besides spending time with the children, Carol’s primary goals were to hammer out ideas for future projects we might fund AND to make sure the purchase of the motorcycle went forward.
Carol succeeded on all fronts. (She also managed to then climb to 17,300 feet on Mt. Kilimanjaro in celebration of her 50th birthday!!) All of us – the orphans, the teachers and directors there, the board and friends of CTT - are so lucky to have someone as caring and engaged as Carol in our corner.
Thanks to everyone who has made donations to CTT. The motorcycle is a gift to the orphanage from all of you! It will be used primarily as a moneymaker. One of the most common ways to get around in Uganda is by boda-boda (my personal favorite mode of transportation while there), which is a motorcycle taxi. St. Mary Kevin’s is going to use this little beauty for that purpose; the hope being that is will become a daily source of income.
It will also be equipped with a basket so that Rosemary can use it to gather small batches of food items from the market. An extra seat will be added so that, when the need arises, a child can be transported to and from the nearby medical clinic.
When I saw this photo of Rosemary with the new bike and the Change the Truth license plate, I got goose bumps all over.