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October 3, 2010

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October 3, 2010

I have known Jeami Duncan (founder) for a long time, but there is a whole different person in her that I hadn’t met until I traveled with her to Uganda on a short term mission trip last year. Before we left, I took some time to listen to her story of how she ended up traveling to Uganda and what it was that kept her going back. I got to witness the truth in her words of her love and compassion for Uganda and its people from the second I stepped off the plane right behind her in Africa to this very day. The dreams of education and opportunity that the people of Uganda desire more than anything didn’t just hit her one day. These dreams are the dreams of the people of Uganda, and became hers because she took the time years ago to listen to their cry and listen carefully. Through partnering and building relationships with the people there, she has been able to be a mighty tool for providing opportunities that would otherwise be nothing more than a distant dream. I could go on and on about my experiences in Uganda, but I was most impressed with the attitude that Jeami implemented on our group through her leadership. We were able to accomplish much and it was never just a checklist. We took advantage of the time that we had there providing helping hands at orphanages, hospitals, local villages, and other organizations around the country. The majority of our time was spent being relational with the people around us and tending to their living and health needs, providing clothes, food, basic hygiene necessities, and even healthcare needs, sometimes making unplanned trips to the hospital when needed. It has only been a little over a year since we were there looking at land options to build the school, and now the second building is under construction! Leaving Uganda, I felt like I had received so much more than I ever thought I would have and I can't wait to go back with Mercy's Village International. It is the most genuine organization I've been a part of and I know this from first hand experiences that I will never forget. I started a student organization at my college and it has been such an exciting opportunity to be a part of and make a difference in the lives of less fortunate children in Uganda through the power of education!

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the genuine approach that has been taken in partnering with the people of Uganda and working with them to accomplish their dreams and goals.

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2010

September 28, 2010

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September 28, 2010

Jeami Duncan visited Uganda a few years back and fell in love with the country. Since then, it has been her heart to build a school for the children of Uganda: Mercy's Village. She has remained steadfast in her vision to educate the poor and underrepresented. Last year, I visited Uganda for three weeks and was able to witness firsthand the efforts for Mercy's village. Mrs. Duncan has purchased the land and employed the local people to aid in her building project. She is providing construction jobs as well as teaching jobs for Ugandans. She plans to open her school by next year. The greatest quality of Mercy's Village is its vision to provide for the practical needs through compassion and action, and equip the country to take care of its people.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the smiling faces of Ugandans.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

its hands-on opportunities to serve the poor and help them learn how to help themselves.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Compassionate, driven, self-motivated, business-smart

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the face of Uganda

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 28, 2010

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September 28, 2010

When I got on that plane to travel to Uganda with Mercy's Village, I honestly didn't know what to expect. I was amazed at MV's expertise in managing the logistics and safety of the volunteers. But I was blown away at the practical understanding of the local culture and common sense approach to compassion. Like the time the team leader stopped the bus and threw our whole "schedule" off track because she noticed a young girl on the street was sick. Derailing our day and taking her to the hospital likely saved her life. I LOVE that there is an order to the way things are done and yet flexibility remains to see and respond to immediate needs. We walked the fields that will become schools, marking off the boundaries for the buildings, discussing plans with the builders. We canvassed the village shops buying supplies for a community pit latrine. Partnering with other organizations and a village, we worked side by side with the locals to mud a hut and fix a well. These were all amazing instances of just some of the ways that MV brings help and hope to those it encounters. One of my favorite things is talking with the villagers and seeing their response as MV comes back again and again, each time bringing good things for the community. MV is earning trust, building community - and that is an incredible thing to witness. I'm honored to stand with Mercy's Village in their efforts to open doors of opportunity, through education, for the people of northern Uganda.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the eyes of the children who wait with expectancy for the doors of their new school to open...in the splashes of water as children danced near the well that was fixed after 7 years...in the grateful tears of mothers whose families now have food and hope..

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

exercising my compassion in practical ways!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

exceptional, street smart, and of course, compassionate!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

throw wide the doors of dreamers by educating many, many children!

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 27, 2010

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September 27, 2010

Mercy's Village is wonderful example of what happens when beautiful hearts and brilliant minds collide. My wife and I have been amazed by the incredible impact this organization has had not only on our own lives, but of those of our children. Our girls' understanding of how small this world really is and the importance of helping others is a concept that could not have been taught in text books or by watching Discovery channel. And now, by having a direct connection to a remote region of the world (Gulu, Uganda) via Mercy's Village, our family now has real dialogue and a relationship with a group of people 10,000 miles away from our home in Los Angeles, but that distance seems to be getting shorter and shorter with every loving letter and smiling photo exchanged between my two daughters and their Ugandan friend, Sharon. Michael M.

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by seeing our community come together and rally behind this great organization.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 27, 2010

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September 27, 2010

I've been actively volunteering with Mercy's Village for about a year now. I've wanted to go with Mercy's Village on a trip to Uganda since it started, and was able to make it out there in February of '10. The characteristic that I like most about Mercy's Village is how focused it is. It's not trying to create world peace or alleviate poverty throughout the entire developing world. The vision is very clear, to drastically impact the lives of the long-suffering victims of Uganda's Civil War by educating children in Northern Uganda and being a catalyst for village re-development. Having the opportunity to actually go to Uganda, to see the devastation caused by decades of war, and to also see the efforts of the Ugandan's to slowly begin the reconstruction of their country and society was very inspiring. I left with the strong conviction that this effort, this journey will be very challenging, but is very achievable. Ugandans and their country is ready to be rebuilt, ready to heal, and ready to put a very hard past behind them.

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By seeing how it has given hope and the possibility of a real future to people in Northern Uganda, and how it has been able to communicate the great need and opportunity to donors and volunteers back here in the US in a way that inspires them to act.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 7, 2010

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September 7, 2010

This organization has incredible vision and hope for the children of Uganda. They've gone into the war ravaged north to bring in education which will not just put a bandaid on the problems there but really impact the future to bring about not only Hope, but real lasting change. I've seen this organization in action and it has impacted me profoundly.

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I've seen this organization literally save lives. They are incredibly loving and have deep compassion for those that are hurting.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Open up thousands of schools that would change poverty and raise up a generation of children that will have a global impact.

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 5, 2010

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September 5, 2010

Mercy's Village is a grassroots organization that is aiming to support Ugandan children and their families. This organization is tending to the hearts of children by helping them gain and education and give them a hope for the future. They are also ministering to the families and villages nearby, offering hope to regain a livelihood that has been taking away due to war. This organization looks to serve the whole community starting with the lives of the children.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My family now has a greater awareness and desire to help others and become personally involved in their lives. We want to love on these kids and try to encourage them to dream and live those dreams out.

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 3, 2010

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September 3, 2010

Mercy's Village has really helped my daughters (5 & 8) become more compassionate and giving. They get so excited to learn about the work that is happening in Gulu. For our family, Mercy's Village represents an opportunity to give and teach our girls the importance of helping others. My 8 year old now knows more about Africa than most adults and both my girls are very active in sharing with their schools how they too can get involved in changing lives in Gulu. We love Mercy's Village!

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My whole family has been impacted by Mercy's Village. My husband will likely be the first of our family to actually go to Mercy's Village, and my goal is for our entire family to spend time there.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 3, 2010

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September 3, 2010

Mercy's Village is a great organization with a focus of helping redeem a community in the Gulu District of Uganda by providing education. This organic movement to move into an area in need and provide a solution to fix the problem long term. The solution is not one that is going to just put a bandaid on the wounds but it is going to help fix the wounds from the inside out. Mercy's Village International is a great organization with opportunities for people of all backgrounds to get involved. If you have a heart you can see the need and you can help.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in seeing the children whose lives are going to be changed in the Gulu District in Uganda.

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About every month

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2010

September 2, 2010

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September 2, 2010

Some people dream about making the world a better place - about building something from the ground up, or seeing something wrong in the world and actually taking steps to change things. Some people only dream - but the people at Mercy's Village are making dreams come true for the people of Uganda. The children in the Gulu region of Uganda have survived unimaginable horrors at the hands of the LRA, a rebel army that kidnapped so many of them and forced them into a war against their own people... their own families even. And yet... they somehow manage to smile with their whole hearts even in the shadow of such devastation. The people of Uganda have a joy that cannot be contained - and maybe that's because they don't feel the need to contain it the way we do. They embrace each day and each person as a gift: fragile (and perhaps fleeting). My friend Jeami told me recently: "I am learning that there is never enough in Africa." To some that would be an overwhelming realization. For some, that would stop them in their tracks. The amazing people involved with Mercy's Village will not be swayed, however. Step by step, plot by plot and acre by acre, they've secured land in the Gulu region to build a school for these kids. Volunteers have travelled from around the world to clear brush and break ground in order to build something far more than walls and a roof or a source of fresh water. Mercy's Village is building lives, futures and dreams for generations to come. I'm thrilled and humbled to play even a small part in these kids lives... its an investment that I believe will have far greater returns than any stock market I know. Please check out www.MercysVillage.org and see how you can make a difference too.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

there is great power &strength;that comes from overcoming the hardships these people have faced.Still, they have this wonderful joy in spite of everything.It's amazing to think the wonderful hope &futures;in store for these kids once they get an education

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Humble, capable leadership who are thoughtfully and compassionately building a school for kids who would not otherwise have access to education.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Amazing, creative, dedicated... people of ACTION.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

(Can I get back to you on this!?! - there is so much that they could do!!)

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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