Before I went to Uganda for the first time, I thought the image of a child playing with a tire was fiction; a made-up Hollywood image intended to tug at our heart strings a bit. The reality is that it happens all the time. There isn't much time for a child to play and there aren't many toys in the areas where we work. Time and time again, I see kids running beside the road pushing a tire with a stick or even a water bottle they have smashed and created a groove in that helps them control the tire. I'll never get used to it, but that's okay - I never want to become immune to the plight of some of the kids we serve. And they make pushing a tire look like the most fun a kid could ever have!
Hearts & Hope is a nonprofit organization focused on unlocking the potential of people in Uganda through relationships with people in the US.