My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Mercys Village International, El Segundo, CA, USA
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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