Walking past the many booths selling food and souvenirs, I let out a sigh. Nothing caught my eye, nothing made me rush over. But then I saw a booth strewn with colourful bags and ornaments. I rushed over, and saw a lady in the booth selling colourful figurines. I glanced at the pictures and businesses cards of children in Uganda, Africa. I realized this was a CHARITY FUNDRAISER. I always loved charities, how they work hard selling and raising money selflessly to help others. Some would take the money, but they donate it instead.
Children of Hope Uganda is a charity dedicated to helping unfortunate people in Uganda to be able to live life to the fullest. I was lucky enough to talk to Lorna Pitcher, the founder and president of the charity.
“At Children of Hope Uganda, we raise money to give education and support to many youth and children that were affected in Joseph Kony’s Lord resistance army in Northern Uganda. We supply them with scholastic materials and build schools for them to learn in.”
There were many ornaments in the booth, and they were all made by caregivers in Uganda. They used tree bark, paper, tin cans, and many recycled materials to make these beautiful ornaments.
“I enjoy helping out at the charity, I get a good kick out of it.”, Pitcher says with a smile, ”And it’s for a good cause.”
When I asked if she ever went to Uganda before she answered by saying, ”Yes I have. I used to be a grade 2 teacher in Uganda, but I then realized that I could do more good. So I came back to Canada, and started selling ornaments that the caregivers made to raise money so that more schools and supplies can be ordered and made, and so that more kids can go to school.”
If you want to learn more about Children of Hope Uganda, or you wish to buy some ornaments, visit: