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Review for Mercys Village International, El Segundo, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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 and see how you can make a difference too.

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

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?


Role:  Donor & I am a regular contributor to Mercy's Village and am hoping to spread the word about this great organization that's making a difference in a lot of lives.