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Ugandan Students Who Serve Others

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Student Outreach Team Strikes Again!

This week the kids pay a special visit to Mr. Bidong Benard.

Mr. Bidong Benard is one of the security officers at Wando International’s primary school, Marah.  He lives just 4 minutes walking distance away from the school which is centered in the heart of a slum outside of Jinja town, Uganda.

The main targets for the Marah student outreach team are always those closest to home.  This usually means the homes of fellow students, elderly members in the community, or even some of the organization staff’s families.

The purpose: Building relationships and strengthening bonds.

The team was aware of a tooth extraction Benard had about 3 weeks ago that was still giving him pain.  They were intentional in letting him know that they were genuinely concerned and asked if they could pray for him and his family.

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The team praying for healing and strength over Benard’d family.

The leaders of the group, Outreach Coordinator Jennifer and P4 teacher Monica, were also able to find out more info about Benard’s family.  He lives with his wife Juliet, their 2 kids, and his niece Sanyu Nakalema who is also a student at Marah Primary.

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Benard, Juliet, and their 2 children.

Their two children, 3 year old Mercy and 5 month old Fortunate, are living happily and healthy.  Baby Fortunate is actually a twin but sadly lost her sibling during childbirth.

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Juliet and Fortunate.

The team took time getting to know the family on a more intimate level.  It’s moments like these that real bonds are formed and not just treated as a matter of course.  The students now know Mr. Benard on a personal level which only adds to the respect they already had for him.

Each week the kids focus on another community member they want to serve and build a relationship with. 

To learn more about how Wando serves others through relational means go to:

http://www.wandointernational.org/wandos-social-impact-through-relations

 

 

By |2017-05-11T15:13:34+00:00November 24th, 2016|Africa, Community Outreach, Extreme Poverty, School, UGanda|Comments Off on Ugandan Students Who Serve Others

About the Author:

For over 10 years Elizabeth has dedicated herself to serving others getting involved with outreach in her local community as well as international volunteer work in Haiti. In 2014 she learned of Michelle Huo’s work with Wando International to empower vulnerable women and children to shift the course of their lives. After taking her first trip to visit Wando’s projects in Uganda Elizabeth joined Michelle in 2015 to help her achieve her vision. Now Elizabeth is working to help students in third world countries like Uganda learn the skills that businesses and Non-Profits around the world want and need. By strategically partnering these students with SMB and Non-Profit organizations, they become empowered to lift themselves out of poverty while organizations benefit from increased revenue generation.

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