A long day for everyone on the Hearts and Hope staff, but we have a lot to show for our efforts! The morning was spent as a staff going over accomplishments of the past two years, our vision and mission, refined job descriptions, and an employee code of conduct. After lunch, the team split up. I went with Ronald, Mariah, and David to Nakabango to work on a special project with the P3 and P4 classes. Messiah Lutheran School's 3rd, 4th and 5th graders had written letters to these kids that I delivered. The Nakabango students attempted to write notes back and/or draw a picture. I have many treasures to deliver when I get back!
The remainder of the team moved ahead with parts of the meeting and then went to visit a local Teacher Training College. As we look at expanding our efforts into supporting more students in higher education, this school could be a potential partner. We are exacted about the conversation that took place today and look forward to the future.
After the team reunited, Andy held a brain-storming session to identify the Hearts and Hope priorities for "extra" projects in the coming year. It was so beneficial to have all of us together and to share ideas. We worked on 4 categories including "health and wellness", "education", " small business/commerce", and the infamous "other". We were each allowed 5 votes in each list and ultimately compiled the 4 lists and voted again. Some very interesting results; stay tuned for more details!
Tonight we are having dinner and continuing our discussions. I can safely say that all of our brains are exhausted and have been stretched today. Todd and Andy are in their own small version of heaven with so many business strategies put into place! It's very fun to watch them use their gifts. I like to provide snacks.....
At the end of the day, we really do have much to be proud of. Looking over the accomplishments of Hearts and Hope in the last two years is exciting and challenging at the same time. There is much work to be done and many ideas to turn into realities! Thankful for this amazing staff.
Nicholas, the Hearts and Hope Accountant in Uganda, casts his vote for health
Hearts & Hope is a nonprofit organization focused on unlocking the potential of people in Uganda through relationships with people in the US.