Uganda Ministry & Essential Oils
Giving the Best to the Least. This is the motto for Kampala Children’s Centre (KCC), a campus wide home for boys and girls with no parents located in Uganda (Central Africa).
My 2 week visit interacting with these precious kids was life changing. If you notice, I didn’t use the word “orphans”. Although they arrive at KCC as orphaned victims, they are raised to be victors by house moms and male staff.
The mission of KCC is to impart the love of Christ and that the skills the children develop at KCC would impact the land of Uganda and beyond.
Here’s a short video on my trip:
Reflections from my visit:
1. Jesus truly transforms lives.
The kids who are found abandoned in the streets or lose their parents to AIDS are given a loving home at KCC. The house moms and aunties, uncles (other male/female staff) pour out the love of Jesus and they study the Word of God together daily. This picture of beaming eyes and faces are evidence of radical change Christ can bring.
2. Joy and Laughter Is Free, and Universal.
It was a joy to observe the kids appreciating the little things in life i.e. watching them have a blast playing barefooted with a deflated soccer ball and making a joyful noise with plant leaves. Americans have a lot to learn from these smiling kids.
3. Be the Change You Want to See in a Child.
One of the best parts of the trip was being able to spend time with the boy that I sponsor – Solomon. Although he was a bit shy at first, he warmed up toward the end of the visit. I look forward to seeing him again!
4. Be the Change You Want to See in the World.
Pastor Arnold, the director of Kampala Children’s Centre had a vision to save orphaned and abandoned children over 10 years ago. It started by taking home one child, then another. He and his wife cared for 17 children before KCC opened up. One man’s vision of transforming the lives of abandoned children turned a jungle filled with monkeys into a place that provides education and housing in a loving environment for these blessed children. The mission has expanded to providing education, meals and health care for children who live in the community with one or more parents who live in poverty. Currently, over 700 children are benefiting.
At the 10th Anniversary Celebration, Pastor Arnold shared the vision of the Medical Clinic currently being built to serve the KCC kids and the community. He said many diseases are preventable, and their goal is to be a forerunner in medical education and services.
While I was there, I discovered that Lemongrass and Lemon Eucalyptus is grown in Uganda.
Lemon Eucalyptus is the same active ingredient in the insect repellant that was recommended by the University of Connecticut Travel Clinic to help prevent malaria!
In addition, there are farms that produce essential oils that may help prevent other bacterial/viral related diseases. One organic farm even has a mission to train other organic farmers. I reported this to the key contacts of the medical clinic.
They are open to further discussion regarding incorporating essential oils into the medical clinic in the future.
The motto on the journal I purchased specifically for my trip to Uganda has truly impacted me – Be the change you want to see in the world. I plan on returning to Uganda to promote education on disease prevention through Ugandan grown crops/essential oils which can produce hand cleansers and insecticides.
If you have a dream or passion and are afraid to take the first step – take a leap of faith! Yes, one person can make a difference in this world.
Note: If you are interested in making a donation to Kampala Children’s Centre or Medical Clinic, you can donate online at http://www.kampalachildren.org/support. In the future, I plan to have an option to donate online through the Oils of Shakan website.
We desire to see the world “Embrace the Fragrance of God’s love”. The long term vision of Oils of Shakan LLC is to empower the natives of third world countries to establish essential oils related businesses (including farms, distilleries, product development, & sales). Uganda and Ethiopia are first on the list. We are seeking to connect with other organizations to partner with us in this vision. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.