From video taken by the San Jose Mercury News [via the Empower African Children's blog].
I want to thank the many people who enable the children of Empower African Children, Spirit of Uganda tour to stay at Hidden Villa, ride bikes, be kids, eat homemade meals, raise money and continue on their journey. In total more than 150 people (entrepreneurs, VCs, journalists, software engineers, Moms and a great many others) contributed to this last 10 -day visit -- and what an amazing contribution it was, enabling us to raise almost $25,000 for these children, others like them and a new middle school on Lake Victoria in Uganda.
I want to recognize and express heartfelt thanks to each and every one and each and every school, church and organization that participated. It really does take a village.
For most of us images we see of children in Africa are of disease, poverty and despair on a level hard that is hard to imagine and even harder to envision making a difference. But with this group of wonderful young people, we get to see a very different sense of the possibilities for Africa and its children.
I think I can speak on behalf of everyone who has helped with the Tour when I say that the children’s presence and the opportunity to contribute to their journey is our special gift. Thank you Empower African Children and the Spirit of Uganda Tour. You are missed.
PS Macy's, this year's sponsor for the Spirit of Uganda 2008 tour, recently underwrote a book based on the lives of the children on the tour. Here is a short, but terrific, video based on the book by Douglas Menuez entitled, "Transcendent Spirit: The orphans of Uganda.