Well, we have been in NY for exactly a month and today is the first real day of rain since we arrived. I must admit, even though a few days have been a bit hot, we have had some great weather during our NY stay. I was hoping to take the kayak on one last trip to see the eagles this morning, but I will have to wake up early tomorrow to do that.
We are planning to leave the Catskills on Saturday morning to head to a family party in NJ and then back into NYC until Sunday afternoon when we prepare to head to the airport. This trip has been in the planning for close to 9 months and it is actually here. There are a number of things that I want to accomplish personally, but the overriding objective for this adventure is to provide Drew and Noah with some perspective on life. Growing up in NYC and San Diego is a gift that not many people get, and some have to live in extreme poverty, which I am certain we will witness in Uganda and Kenya.
As for my objectives, I will be visiting a number of U-TOUCH facilities and will be meeting leaders from many other NGOs in Uganda. I want to understand the impact of the centers and try to figure out the best way to present the story. To date the U-TOUCH team has done an amazing job to establish the need for their project, now it needs to be packaged and sold to some foundations so it can develop. The organization needs some new leadership with technology and non-profit experience and some full time staff to help it reach its potential. We have an amazing mission and the work being accomplished has been awesome, when I get back it will be time to go get some money.
When we return we are going to schedule some house parties where Drew, our 12 year old daughter, will present her view of this experience. We are planning to develop a powerpoint presentation that outlines her life compared to a 12 year old girl in Uganda. I can only imagine how powerful this will be coming from a 12 year old’s point of view.