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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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Going to Africa

by Kelvin Belfon

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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain

 

Over the years, I’ve had quite a few opportunities to do missionary and humanitarian work in other countries. I love meeting new people and learning about their culture in the process.

This trip, this time is different.

Hundreds of years ago, some of my ancestors made the Trans-Atlantic journey from Africa to the Caribbean under very different circumstances. For so many different reasons, the dream of going to Africa has held a very special place in my heart ever since I was a young man growing up in the Grenada.

Even now living in the United States, married with children, a job and numerous responsibilities, I never thought it would happen, at least not anytime soon.

In a few hours I will begin a brief, but much anticipated journey back to Africa. I will land in Kampala, Uganda. There I’ll be working with the Hoffman Family Foundation. Through the Foundation, a school that accommodates  approximately 500 children was built. The grand opening ceremony will be this Thursday.

I’m excited to be invited to participate in such an important occasion. I can’t wait.

Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers.

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