Growing up in Uganda I saw poverty all around me and knew that I wanted to do something to make a difference to the people in my community. So in 2012, my wife Phiona and I created the Hope Christian Foundation in the town of Dokolo, an organization dedicated to housing and educating individuals – mostly children – who have been traumatized or displaced by conflict in the north of the country. Over the last six years we’ve been able to reach out to more than 350 orphans and vulnerable children and give them a primary school education.
Seeing the way the kids’ lives change in just a few days is humbling. Even simple things can make a big difference to them. They can be so excited to receive their school uniforms, for instance, because it’s the only piece of clothing they have that isn’t torn. That always gives me chills. And seeing the happiness in their eyes because they are able to get three meals a day warms my heart.