Letters from Uganda: Teach a woman, educate a village

I caught a shimmering reflection of sunlight off of Lake Victoria to the right as Steven Ssenyonjo drove my husband, Larry, and I into a lush glen. Steven's Child2Youth Foundation helps those living in the 90-square miles of territory bordering the lake — an area that is home to 7,000 children, many of whom are orphans.

As we drove along the path, I looked closely for Buyomba School, which we were on our way to visit, but I saw no sign of a building or students. After we had traveled deeper into the bushes, Steven pointed and said, "Look over there, under the tree."

When I saw children sitting under its branches, I realized this large shade tree was Buyomba School. Near the trunk was one of the school's teachers, Mary, standing proudly over the children like a shepherdess guarding her flock.

As I admired Mary's interactions with the children, Steven explained that when Mary was younger, she would walk barefoot for several miles on the dusty roads to get to and from school. Mary's mother prayed for her safe return every day, fearing Mary would be run over or kidnapped.

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