Being in Uganda I am surrounded by greatness. Great people that work for amazing organizations. Amazing scenery in an evolving society. A society filled with artists,business owners, students, parents, and people from every walk of life.
I have been trying to think about how to explain the greatness, other than saying it is great.
What I have come up with is that I constantly meet kind people. People with a good heart, that are considerate, are generous, and are friendly. The first thing that popped into my mind when I figured out that kindness is one of the leading reasons for Uganda's greatness is one of the questions Acacia Avenue Designs had on their application for becoming a Country Director. The question and the answer I gave was:
What is the biggest issue facing the world today?
Lack of kindness on a large scale is the biggest issue facing the world today. Kindness and willingness to help does exist. Faith in humanity is restored daily. The issue is, that faith in humanity needs to be restored daily. For every kind, helpful soul there is also an individual that made a bad judgement call. If every single individual made one deliberate act of good a day then it seems the positives would begin to outweigh the negatives which would impact the lives of entire communities.
The perfect example of this kindness that positively impacted my life is from Monday morning.
I rushed over to the Post Office to turn in my parcel slip to retrieve my first every care package in Uganda (thanks Alita and Jim). I was told to sit and wait by the man behind the counter. After sitting another older gentleman walked into the Post Office and turned in his parcel slip. He sat across from me and began to ask me my name, occupation, how my time in Uganda was, how long I was staying here, and basically every other question that gets asked when you can tell someone isn't originally from Kampala.
While talking and waiting thunder shook the Post Office and rain began to pour down. After 20 minutes of listening to the rain hit the roof and this man explain to me that he used to work in academia as a professor all around the world and attended Columbia when he was in University, and used to be the goalie for the Uganda Cranes football team (told you I meet great people) I finally was called to the counter. Retrieving my package, paying the fee, having it rifled through, I finally hugged it to my body and began to make my way out of the building.
I paused to readjust my grip on the package and was trying to decide if I was going to suffer through being drenched by using a boda to get to my next destination or sit outside the post office until the rain stopped. John (the intelligent, athletic professor that now owns his own company and has traveled all around the world) asked me how I was planning on getting to my next destination. I told him my thought process and he offered me a ride to Prunes in his car.
Throughout the car ride we talked easily about his life. Just listening to his experience of working as a professor in Australia, throughout North America, and all around the African continent was inspiring.
We also discussed traffic laws in Uganda, Uganda's economy, the Uganda Cranes, and Acacia Avenue Designs plan. He was so positive and upbeat about what we are doing in Mengo with our beneficiaries and informed me that he was excited to start seeing our name throughout Uganda.
So, not only was I ecstatic about having a care package arrive in Uganda in less than 40 days all the way from California, but I had the hugest smile on my face, because this intelligent business owner believed in our organization and was happy that we were stationed in Uganda.
I can't think of a more positive, fabulous, absolutely great way for this week to start. Thank you to all of the kind and great individuals that I come across all over the world. Thank you for the people supporting this organization. Thank you for reading this blog. Just thank you for being great.