Some of us feel the need to walk in charity lines immediately after watching news of children dying in pain, hunger, and thirst. However for me, it took a visit to Uganda at age 22 along side with my wife and 25 others. We saw the broken lives inflicted by disease, famine and war. This was my breaking point, as I stood there on African soil I saw reality stained in blood, sweat and tears, and I knew I had to do something. My hands were tied but the agony in my heart had me say, yes I can make a difference!
‘The Fair Tradie Project’ was officially established on the 29 July 2010. Our journey began in the town of Jinja (Uganda) for duration of two weeks. We stayed at the ‘FDLM’ orphanage, and then visited ‘Jenga’, a non-profit organisation in the town of Mbale. These local charities work tirelessly in villages and slums. Their major work involves Uganda’s largest slum, Namatale. One must surely be here to see the astounding impact ‘FDLM’ and ‘Jenga’ have made in their peoples’ lives and communities. The display of sincere hospitality, in an impoverished land, was where I found my amazing grace.
"True joy was in the fight, in the attempt, in the suffering involved, and not in the victory itself"
"Do what you can, where you are, with what you have".
Luke Ray, Director/Founder.