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MERCYS VILLAGE INTERNATIONAL
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!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Went to Uganda with MV to help fix wells, build futures (i.e., schools), feed people, to help...