An Open Letter
July 30, 2012
As the sun sets here, it is just rising there.
I want to take time to remember all that we’ve achieved together…Canadians and Ugandans.
Remember when we met? I was just falling in love with Uganda and full of idealism. There was kindness in your eyes, Betty, and we chatted in the market sunshine, while sitting on wooden carts in the courtyard. We shared our pain and our hopes for the future. It was in that courtyard that I realized that ugandans weren’t afraid of my pain; they just aren’t afraid of pain. And it was then that hope was etched into my heart. I will never forget that afternoon together my friend.
Now Hope is etched into my heart and onto my wall too. It is there because of the Eva Ruf Resource Centre; it gave me such hope!
The centre opened with gusto! A team of tireless volunteers came together to assemble a container of computers, shelves, and furniture. The volunteers organized art supplies, lego and so many, many books! When the children came, they danced. When the teachers came, they studied. I remember the teachers playing and tracing for hours with the geometry of the Chinese Tangram puzzle. It was a bright day when the centre opened.
Since then thousands and thousands of children have visited the centre. Dozens of volunteers. All of us blessed. You have kept the children safe, managed well, hosted warmly. In a country where mothers don’t have the opportunity to hold their child in their laps and read them a picture book, you have graced thousands of children with the comfort of the Eva Ruf Resource Centre to hold them and give them the opportunity to read!
Children have a template of comfort and safety for literacy and learning inside of them because of our work together! That can’t ever be taken from them.
Success is an understatement. You’ve been so successful in faithfully keeping the centre open, managing funds, and providing a container for the resources. Does it look different than how we would do it, of course it does! But, we are proud to be partnered together with Ugandans.
Thank you for your faithful service Betty, and Sam too! Thank you for giving the gift of the centre to the children of Ntinda for the past 5 years.
I dream of literacy centres all over Uganda, giving children the opportunity to discover the joy of reading, born out of our work together. It is with the Ugandan spirit of hope that we go forward!
As the Eva Ruf Resource Centre moves to Kawanda, we cling to hope! We cling to the idea that the future is bigger and better than all we could ask for or imagine. We cling to the promise of Uganda…the pearl!
I can’t wait to see how our dreams will come true in the future…again!
They will…as we continue to serve…
I love you!
For the sake of the Children,