Wednesday, July 23, 2008
by Nick Eggum
Today my sister Natalie gave a presentation on the research she conducted last year about the children living here in Uganda. I must say, the results were thought-provoking to say the least. The statistics of the findings took a second for me to truly process at first. 80.3 % out of 61 children responding had endured the tragedy of a family member dying? This percentage is intimidating, considering that the age range of participants in the study was 6-20 years of age. The empirical evidence, mixed with putting faces to numbers is like seeing a color world with what was before black-and-white vision.
Seeing the condition of the youth here in Uganda is one thing, but actually knowing the amount of individuals that have dealt with so much in such a short experience of life is extremely humbling. It reminds me of a quote spoken by the late defensive end Reggie White. “God places the heaviest burdens on those who can carry its weight”. TIA