The Ugandan sun beamed down on the backs of the construction workers. Dirt flew through the air as the men dug into the red earth, preparing to lay the foundation of an orphanage that could give dozens of children a home.
Aurora's finest young people and Ugandan's finest construction crews on opposite sides of the world are united through one thing: Fresh Start Uganda. The members of Breakthrough at West Aurora High School, started funding a home for needy children in Uganda. They chose Uganda because of the horrific living conditions for children. Many of them have experienced the loss and violence of life without the love, care, and warmth of a parent, leaving them vulnerable to unthinkable dangers. We realized that we could do something to help make a difference. By constructing a home for needy children we will empower them with education, food, protection, and most importantly, love.
In order to make this dream a reality we partnered with the visionary child advocates Cyrus and Pauline Muwanga. They are the directors of Fresh Start Uganda and also the directors of Grand Maria Primary & Nursery School that approximately 30 students with financial needs are being supported through Fresh Start Uganda's Sponsor a Child Program. (To learn more visit: http://www.freshstartug.org ) These students are already thriving in their new environment! (See for yourself https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZygj23tpj8 )
This compassionate and actively caring vision required a tremendous amount of money, which was a problem for high school students. They also wanted to do something to benefit the Aurora community while at the same time serving the needs of their future home for disadvantaged children. Their idea was a day of tirelessly raking the leaves that covered the yards of houses throughout the Aurora area, and collecting donations for their efforts as they go.
The first year the donations were enough to buy the plot of land. The second year all the construction materials and labor costs. The third year iron double-locking doors and windows to provide the ultimate protection against the very real threat of kidnaping and child soldiers.
Now the orphanage is nearing completion. This year, on Saturday, November 5th from 9:30-3:30pm, Breakthrough is once again hosting this event called Rake4Kids to raise funds to finally complete something that their brothers and sisters in Uganda desperately need: a Fresh Start. As we near the finishing touches on the building phase we need to complete plaster projects, plumbing, electric, landscaping, and of course completely furnish and equip the orphanage for long term operations including employee salaries and local self-sustaining projects. The proceeds will go to both Breakthrough and Fresh Start Uganda because our long term plan is to raise enough money to be able to visit as a club in the very near future all that we have accomplished.
If you would like to help this cause, simply contact Christina Tammen via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 630-301-6613 and someone will get back to you within 24 hours. If you have a lawn service and do not need any raking but would still like to honor our efforts by donating please make checks out to Breakthrough and mail to West Aurora 1201 W. New York Street Aurora, Il 60506 Attention: Bre Farren.
All we ask of you is a donation to Fresh Start Uganda and lots of leaves to rake! We already have over 65 students signed up and counting! Thank you for your interest in our cause and a special thank you to our faithful donors over the years. To keep it simple we only rake within a two-mile radius of West :) Hope to see you soon!
Article written by West High Students: Stella Barrera & Evelea Solgos
(RAKE4KIDS COMMERICAL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCNyCXdyWac )