It was pure luck to run into Raymond. And really, really good luck. Raymond is the co-founder of two local charities The Bukoba Kids Sports Club, a youth education and sports group trainings kids to play soccer and BUDAP - Bukoba Disabled Assistance Project where people with polio are trained in traditional handicrafts -- making drums and bags. Here's my plug: go give these organizations some money. Sure, your bank will take some fees for the wire transfer (Citibank, I happen to know takes $30) but let's say you were planning on sending the March of Dimes $50. I'd say give $20 to BUDAP instead. The net effect will be much higher impact. Or, let's say you were going to buy some magazine subscriptions to support your nephews' soccer team. Skip it. It'll only burn paper and don't worry, little Billy isn't in risk of not playing this year. But, sending a $20 wire to Bukoba Kids might just give kids living with some of the world's most intense poverty and health care issues the leg up he needs to improve himself and his community. Ok, enough plugging. This isn't an on-air fund drive afterall.
Watch the Bukoba Kids practice.
More shout outs to come, though....there were lots of amazing people in Bukoba.