As director of Little Sisters of Mary Immaculate of Gulu Center for Vulnerable Children, Sister Hellen’s work is the reason we exist. Her efforts to bring stability and education into the lives of the vulnerable children of northern Uganda, and her request for help to support her students as they move on to the secondary level of education are what inspired us to create Educate for Change. “Laura Anderson and Kristine, God made both of you to come at the right time when there was great need at Mother Teresa Primary school. Without you my children would have gone back to street life. Thank you for restoring their lives again they are risen again.” Sister Hellen is the headteacher at Sacred Heart Secondary as well as the new St. Teresa Secondary School.
“Change does not happen because we wish it, or pray for it, or donate a room full of computers to a school with no electricity. Change happens because we set an example, we educate, and we work within the cultural norms to make a personal connection with other human beings on the planet in the hope that we can learn from each other. Uganda is truly one of the most beautiful places on earth I am constantly struck by the celebration of life that takes place in what might appear to be the simplest of cultures. Africa is a continent of developing nations, struggling to find their way in a world rich in technology and abundance, but the people of Uganda, and more specifically the Acholi people of northern Uganda could teach the first world cultures many lessons in compassion, generosity, simplicity, and sincerity.” Laura works with schools and community-based organizations in Uganda, Rwanda, India, and the US.
“Each day is an opportunity for me to step it up… to ask for the Grace to love more. That is what I do here in Gulu. I love and support and hug. I encourage and empower and educate. Some days are difficult, but it’s the stuff that matters. One day I pray that the children I work with (or have worked with in the past) will see the world with bright eyes and pure hearts and love just the same. That’s how the world changes.” Kristine is the Country Director of an educational NGO in Kampala.