On short notice, eleven teachers from the five One School at a Time Ugandan partner schools urgently piled into a public bus to endure the difficult nine hour journey east to the Kenyan border. Why? Because the One School Program Manager’s (Hussein Tadesse) mother was being buried the next day. None of these teachers had ever met Hussein’s mom. Living on a meager government salary and challenged by poverty, they could scarcely afford the bus tickets … but they were determined to go.
Over 500 people attended the burial. One of the teachers from Kassanda Boarding Secondary spoke for his contingent, “We have come because Hussein, the son of the mother we are burying today, is creating change in our district. Hussein’s mother shaped who Hussein is today. We work well with Hussein and this is why we came from so far. Hussein improves our relationships with each other, our students, our parents and community members. He has inspired us to reach higher and to believe in ourselves and what we can do. We celebrate Hussein today and honor his mother who brought him to this earth.”
The beautiful act of these teachers showing up at a critical moment demonstrates that something special is happening at our Ugandan partner schools. A foundation of healthy relationships based on mutual trust and respect has formed, and that foundation is the basis of sustainable change in the years to come.
Oct 7, 2015 addendum: Hussein just informed us that he received 200,000 UGX (about $67) from the teachers from the 5 partner schools to help pay for the burial expenses.