Robert’s father died when he was in fourth grade. His mother died the next year. He was sent off to live with another family member, but that family member died shortly thereafter. Then he was alone.
David has parents but they are too poor to support him. I was tasked with taking David to Kyongera, the farm near the village of Kaihura in southwest Uganda where the Bringing Hope To The Family orphanage takes care of and educates teenage boys. It was his first day in the orphanage. He brought everything he owned in the world with him—a pair of sandals, a bag of sugar, a pencil and paper for school, a towel and some sheets. He had no clothes except those on his back.
I recently returned from two and a half weeks at the Bringing Hope To The Family orphanage in Uganda. I heard these stories when the boys and I sat down together to talk about their pasts and what their dreams are for the future. As Robert told his story to the group, he held his hand in front of his face as the tears streamed down his cheeks. Robert wants to own a carpentry workshop one day.
We spent our time together farming, doing carpentry, learning volleyball and playing ultimate frisbee. But the important thing was that we spent time together—talking about dreams, talking about their lives and talking about the future.
My goals for the trip included spending time with the boys, building a connection, and teaching them leadership and team building skills. We talked about dealing with hardship and prayed about being better men. Of course, in the end, it is the boys who are teaching me about being thankful for all of the blessings we all have, even when they are seemingly hidden behind hardship and challenges. It is the boys who are teaching me what true strength and love is. Working with these boys and Bringing Hope To The Family has been one of the most moving and fulfilling experiences in my life. I can’t wait until next year. Click here to see more photos….
Your Donations At Work
Dormitory Building Underway
Many of you were kind enough to donate to our campaign to build a dormitory for the boys at the orphanage in Kyongera. We successfully raised the entire amount and I was able to see the beginning of construction during my visit. I am excited to see that they will have a proper place to live later this summer. Thank you for your support. You are changing lives.
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Wagenseller Law Firm specializes in real estate and business litigation in Los Angeles and Southern California. We handle breach of contract and lease lawsuits, partnership and corporate shareholder litigation, fraud, family and neighbor property disputes and all real estate and business related lawsuits.
Laine T. Wagenseller is the founder of Wagenseller Law Firm, a real estate and business litigation firm in downtown Los Angeles. The mission of Wagenseller Law Firm is to be the preeminent boutique real estate law firm in Los Angeles.
Laine specializes in commercial real estate litigation. He handles lawsuits involving partnership and family co-owner disputes, purchase/sale and lease issues, corporate shareholder fights and breach of contract cases. Much of his practice involves partnerships falling apart and families fighting over real estate.
Wagenseller Law Firm’s clients include real estate developers, property owners (including industrial buildings, shopping centers and others), commercial tenants, business owners, partnerships, investors, company directors and officers, corporations and individuals in a variety of industries.
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