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Brian's Big Day

CHILD SPONSOR, JENNI, WALKS HAND-IN-HAND WITH ONE SPECIAL BOY AND HIS FAMILY IN UGANDA. 


Brian wakes up in his mud house every morning at dawn. The small space is shared by his grandma, his parents and his 3 siblings. By 7:30 he has washed and is gulping down tea and chewing on pieces of chapatti. He is ready for the trek to school.

Today, however, Brian is not walking to school alone. Though figuratively, he hasn't been for the last few years. But today it is literally hand-in-hand; he is taking Jenni, a sponsor from Canada who has come to learn about his life. 

When Jenni first starting sponsoring Brian, his education, and his family, she didn't think one day she would be walking and talking with him in person.  It's the highlight of a lifetime.

Brian has no idea that his village looks different than Jenni’s hometown. He wonders why she is surprised by the darkness in his home, the mud walls of his bedroom and the sewing machine in the corner of the room.

He laughs as they walk along the trail to his school. The brisk walk leads them past the streets of Marare, Uganda, past fields of corn, cassava and ground nuts and animals: goats, chicken and turkey. The sheets hanging from the neighbours’ clotheslines flap above the animals. Jenni acts as though she has never seen such things. Which village does she come from?

Excited to show Jenni his school, 11 year old Brian shares about his favorite subjects, math and music. He sings in the choir with much gusto but plays much more timidly. His friends join in the AWANA games held after school, but he prefers to watch from the side. One day soon he too will play. For now, he gets enough exercise carrying water from the well to his home. The big yellow jerry can with liquid easily balances on his head and he might as well be participating in a relay race of some sort.

Everywhere Brian takes Jenni, she is singled out. “Muzungu” the others call, meaning ‘white person.’ It is not everyday someone like this comes to visit and Brian is honored.


His parents welcome Jenni into their home and invite her to pray with them. Their hopes to see their children well educated is continuing to grow as FH partners with their community. They are blessed and so very thankful. They show this by singing Jenni a lively praise song before she leaves. Just another un-ordinary day in Marare.

Find out more about child sponsorship: http://www.fhcanada.org/sponsorship


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