In all of the African projects in Step30, we don’t want to randomly give things to everyone, because that can end up causing people to have the mindset to sit and wait for others to do everything for them.
The goal for us is to find someone who has already taken the initiative to change the local community, and then empower him/her with the tools to do even more.
For example, on Mt. Elgon in Uganda, Pastor Henry saw the need to educate youth, so he built a school with mud five years ago. Ever since then he has been catering to a few hundred kids in this small broken down school. But with limited money and resources, there’s only so much he can do for the students. When my father-in-law Allen found out about it, he decided to put together a project to help them expand the school immediately. If pastor Henry could do so much with so little, imagine what he could do with the new school.