Mama Africa: Highlights from my Trip to Uganda

by Kelvin Belfon

Mama Africa

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” – Frederick Douglass


I had a wonderful experience in Uganda.

The lush green tropical vegetation was picturesque. The food was amazing! It was fresh, colorful and flavorful. But most of all, the people were beautiful. They were kind, friendly, and hospitable.

Our main assignment was commissioning the Mount of Olive Primary School in Kirugu, Uganda built by the Hoffman Family Foundation (HFF). The new, larger two-story facility will house over 400 students.

We encouraged and trained a group of entrepreneurial women. There were 70 women present who had previously started their own businesses to support their families. The story of what they did with just a small micro-loan is a remarkable.

Throughout my time in Uganda, our group drove many miles to see several different schools as well as sanitary and water projects.

But the highlight of my trip was visiting the children supported by HFF. Their smiles brought tears to my eyes because I was once their shoe. For a very significant part of my youth, I lived without my biological father or mother. But people, in most cases strangers, rallied around and helped me get what was necessary for living accommodations and an education.

This first trip to mama Africa has created memories that will live on. I’m grateful for the invitation. I was deeply inspired. I ate, played, laughed and cried. I grew.

I do plan to continue traveling as the opportunity becomes available. I hope Uganda is a very real part of that plan. International travel is a passion of mine. I enjoy learning new things from other cultures, serving and empowering others.

Finally, I want to thank everyone who expressed their thoughts and offered prayers over my travel. I appreciate your many comments and Facebook messages.
I will share more about Uganda in upcoming posts. For now, enjoy a few of my favorite pictures below.



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12 thoughts on “Mama Africa: Highlights from my Trip to Uganda

  1. Laura says:

    The new school is beautiful. What wonderful work you are doing and just love the woman’s E. group and the sweet faces of the children.

    • Kelvin Belfon says:

      Thank you Laura!
      Yes, the women’s group is a wonderful story. And the children’s faces are priceless.

  2. Calla says:

    I’m so happy you got invited on this mission. In the process of serving on a mission I’ve found a transformation occurring in many, both those serving & those that are served.
    I love your quote about it being easier to build strong children than repair broken men. It really hit home with the community college shootings that happened near here yesterday.
    God bless you & yours & keep up the great work Kelvin.

    • Kelvin Belfon says:

      Calla, you are right!

      We go with the intention to help others. But in the process we are served, encouraged and inspired. It’s a “mutual-exchange” that takes place. I believe it’s healthy when this happens because we all can learn something from each other.

      The shooting is just sad. Let’s continue keep those who’ve lost loved ones in our prayers.

      Blessings to you and your family as well Calla!

  3. So inspiring! That new school is such a huge upgrade. Thank you for all you do, Kelvin. You have such a huge heart. Hope you get to travel as much as you would like.

    • Kelvin Belfon says:

      Yes, the new school is a big upgrade. The teachers and students are happy for the new facility.

      Thanks for sharing Sandra!

  4. Vincent vinny says:

    Thank you sooo much Pastor Kelvin for what all you did for the people in Uganda. The blessings that you gave to the school was special. In God’s name it will make the school stand firm. I also thank you for the love that you should the children and for the time we had together. I really enjoyed you trip and can’t wait to see you return. I know the “Fresh of the Nile” is missing you too.

    • Kelvin Belfon says:

      Vinny the pleasure is all mine!
      I had a wonderful time in Uganda and can’t wait to return. I enjoy meeting all the beautiful people like yourself. You guys were very hospitable to me. Thank you!
      I’m missing the children. I know the teachers will do a fantastic job. I’m impressed by their commitment.
      Yes, “Fresh from the Nile”! I miss eating fish from the Nile though I believe the one from Lake Victoria was delicious as well.
      Till them sir, please keep in touch. Much love and respect!

  5. Gillian Claudia Johnson-Baptiste says:

    I really appreciate your sharing Kelvin, thank you!

  6. Yolanda says:

    Seems like the trip really had a profound impact on you. Thanks for sharing and the photos are awesome.

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