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Review for Sylvia's Children, Holmdel, NJ, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I've traveled with Sylvia Allen and different Sylvia's Children teams for a number of years. What can I say other than it is like breath & oxygen for me--the years I've missed going over to Uganda usually leave a bit of an ache in my heart for the children and the folks at the school who I've come to know. I love them and miss them all the time. For many of us who volunteer for Sylvia's Children, we have seen our students for years; from the age of a toddler and now they are heading into university. This is a mighty effort. What this organization has done over the years with the integral leadership and the heartfelt passion of Sylvia Allen is breathtaking. I've included a picture of just one of the chicken farm buildings on the campus that Sylvia helped the Director of the School bring to fruition. One of my favorite moments was seeing the Director of the school Geofrey Kawuma this summer with one of Sylvia's beloved "grandchildren" , Gloria. It was the highlight of 2018; among a number of moments that aced the 2018 summer trip as heart-filling. This is like no other organization. You can be hands on, or not. You can travel each year to Uganda, or not. You can go once or every year, or not. What Sylvia provides is an opportunity for other to make a difference as each are able and that is a sacred task she's taken on in this world. 100% of your donation goes to the school for tuition, infrastructure and will also support the tuition for secondary and university students who have moved through our school. This school has produced eventual teachers, activists, nurses, artists, business owners, upstanding citizens in their communities. I believe in this organization. I've seen first hand what has been done. I've seen the lives that have been changed--both for the students and the community around the school, but also the lives of those who volunteer. People say, "oh what your doing is so wonderful, you do so much for those students!" To which I say "Those beautiful students, our teachers and each individual I meet while I travel in Uganda changes me, they offer me a gift which far exceeds anything I give--they give me their hearts and their love!" You will forever be changed by Sylvia's Children.

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Sylvia's Children, Holmdel, NJ, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Sylvia Allen has created a beautiful cooperative project with students and staff at Mbrizzi. Her mission was not charity but empowering and that is what she has done. And that is what makes every dollar given to Sylvia's Children so vital. 100% of the donations go to the school, funding education, community projects, medical care. The school and local community is a better place because of this cooperative effort between Sylvia's Children and Mbrizzi. I have seen it first hand and encourage anyone interested to join one of her yearly trips to the school. You will be changed forever.

Role:  Volunteer