Love Is Action: A Day in Nakaseke
The headteacher welcomed us and walked us through the school’s history. I kept tipping my invisible hat at how much he, his team, and all their partners are doing for the 47 students in their care. It is hard enough to teach and care for children in a remote area with limited resources; when you add that these are children ostracized by society because of crimes their parents committed, it puts an unimaginably huge extra load in the mix.
The headmaster gave us a school tour, which gave us a chance to appreciate the team’s work at the school. I couldn’t help notice the number of Christian motivational quotes and scriptures pinned on various walls. We then were led into a classroom where all the students were waiting. There, the students led us in singing and also entertained us with more dancing. They also shared a few testimonies. One of them thanked us for the computers we had donated to the school and reiterated that it used to be a struggle to practice computer theory with only one computer in the school – belonging to the headteachers!
However, for me, Ben’s testimony stood out. He thanked God that his father had recently been released after a 12-year sentence. You could see the hope in his eyes and that also in the eyes of the other children. There is hope, indeed. By this point, my teammates, amazing people, had several ideas on how else we could partner with the school beyond the little we had done. I look forward to implementing these.
I was asked to say something to the children, and I felt I needed to thank the headteacher and his entire team for the phenomenal, sacrificial work they do. We signed out rather unwillingly – it was one of those fantastic days you don’t want to end. A hush fell over the bus as we journeyed back – some processing deep thoughts on the meaning of life and what a joy it was to be able to give back, even in a small way – and others nursing their dislocations from the dance battle with the children. It was an enriching day. Thanks to the team at Wells of Hope Ministries for the great work they do.
While at the primary school, I noticed the headteacher was wearing a T-Shirt with “Mathew 25:31-46” and the words “Love Is Action” at the back. Love indeed is action. What these people are doing for these children is everything about love! You can learn more about them and support their work. Thanks to the fabulous team at Kanzu Code, with whom I have the wonderful opportunity to do things like this. I am looking forward to our next trip! We will train for the dance this time.