(*Today we are linking with Emily Wierenga, author of “Atlas Girl”, artist, and non-profit founder, as she shares her heart about something quite dear to her across the sea in Uganda. As an organization, Bevy will be encouraging the women of the Katwe Village in Uganda in practical ways, with more details to come, including how you can get involved with your Bevy of girls.)
She walked for four hours just to meet me.
Her soles were red from Uganda’s earth and she didn’t break a sweat in the high heat. Her eyes shone but she lowered them, looked at her sandals, even as I reached out a hand to touch her shoulder, and I could feel the strength in this peasant farmer’s arm.
She’d lost her husband just weeks earlier to HIV/Aids, an illness people still talk about in hushed tones because of the shame associated with it.
She’d lost her children long before that to this children’s home I was visiting–because she had a sick husband to care for and a farm that wasn’t bringing in money and no way to feed her sons or daughters.
And here I was, able to pay for her kids’ clothes and education while she wasn’t. And not because I worked harder. No, she worked sun-up to sundown and had callouses across her hands and feet…for the rest of this post and to learn more about The Lulu Tree, head over here.
Bebe&boo (Bevy Founder, Adrienne Graves’ jewelry design business) will be contributing pieces for purchase at The Lulu Tree Boutique, all proceeds going directly to the efforts of community development and ministry in Katwe.