Volunteer Shares Impact of Serving in Uganda
When giving back has its own rewards.
Ever wonder what it would be like to travel to another country and do volunteer work?
If you have, you’ve also probably asked yourself these 3 questions:
- What would it feel like being immersed in a completely different culture?
- Would I be able to connect to the people there?
- What would I take away from that experience?
Well here’s what one volunteer had to say about her first time experience serving in Uganda:
Reina’s Testimony: How I Became A Child Advocate
When I found out about Wando International it was a no-brainer that I needed to get involved. I absolutely love working with kids.
I went on a trip to Uganda in July of 2014. The first place we went was the Wando babies’ home.
I believe God sent me there for my precious Amina.
I fell in love with that little girl the first time she ran up to me and held my hand.
The thing that struck me the most was how much Ugandan culture is like Hispanic culture. Their country is a lot like Guatemala where I’m from.
They are so humble and so grateful. Beautiful people!
When I left I felt like I was being uprooted. Like I was being torn away from something so precious and dear to me.
It is amazing to see Amina’s transformation. She looks so good and seems to be so happy!
When I got home it just gave me a sense of appreciation for my culture and a more profound love for serving others. I miss my Amina every day.
I am looking forward to the next time I can go.
The Impact Upon Return From Uganda
When Reina returned from Uganda she made it a point to stay involved with Amina’s life.
She continues to write letters to Amina on a regular basis. And when Amina needed emergency oral surgery, Reina was able to step in and fill that need.
The real blessing of going and volunteering with Wando in Uganda was that Reina came back with a personal relationship established. A relationship that she can build upon daily by sending Amina words of encouragement and just letting her know how much she cares.
If you’re interested in becoming a child advocate, check out our list of amazing kids who still need one!