1.16.2013

africa.


I mentioned that Africa would be brought up in my posts at some point! I don't just stop at fashion ;) 
It's very near and dear to my heart so I'd thought I'd share a little bit about my story. 
To some people going on missions to far away places is out of their comfort zone. Especially all they way to Africa.  They would rather just contribute financially. For me, I so badly wanted to go, but my parents kept telling me no. I begged and begged. I prayed to God that if this is where He wanted me to go, then He'd find a way to send me. He did indeed. My parents out of the blue one day decided we would go as a family. 

The ministry we help is called Watoto Children's Ministry and is located in Uganda (You may have seen their choir on tour in the US). But let me tell you, when you go over there you see SO many beautiful smiling faces of orphaned kids who just want to be loved. 
What we do is build. We build facilities their village needs in order to continue to raise these beautiful children. They're given a home, a family, food, and an education. All the while, they're being raised in an environment filled by the Lord's love. We also minister to the house mothers. Many teams go and help Watoto by building and loving on the kiddos (which is awesome!). But our team wanted to reach out to the mom's who themselves have gone through so much. And they're raising eight children!! We taught them basic everyday things that we take for granted (first aid, dental care, etc). Seeing their appreciation was awesome! And it's cool to have the opportunity to go and experience. So if you do, don't hold back! 

I could literally write a novel about Uganda, Africa. But instead I'll leave you for now with some pictures, a video (please watch if you have the time!), and a link. My good friend Mandy and I started selling bracelets to raise funds to finish the medical lab our team started in 2011. We're going back this summer to complete it! We'd love for you to check them out and like us on facebook here or even place an order here


Suubi Village
Brick tosses
 I know you want to take her home!
 School time





Learn more about Watoto here.

Have questions? Don't hesitate to email me!


-Kate

19 comments:

  1. hi kate! i just found your blog through laurenconrad.com and i am your newest follower :) your trip to africa looks absolutely amazing and i can't wait to see more photos from your upcoming trip this summer.
    xoamy
    www.cupcakesncouture.com

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  2. Glad I found your blog through the LC forum! What you're doing is awesome! I can't wait to see future posts!

    xoxo, Haleigh
    http://www.soulstitches.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks so much! Your blog is adorable :)
      I'm now followng you!

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  3. Wow, what gorgeous photos! It looks like you had an amazing trip, good for you! I came across your blog on LaurenConrad.com, and I'm glad that I did! :)

    xoxo
    Cassidy

    http://norebeccaforayear.blogspot.com/

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  4. Hey Kate! I saw your profile on LaurenConrad.com! I love your stuff and I'm so jealous you get to go to Africa. I'm a new blogger as well, check me out and we will follow each other! I look forward to your new posts! XO Courtney

    www.unpredictableandchic22.blogspot.com

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  5. Hi. I just saw your comment in Lauren's forum. So I thought I'd check your blog out and I actually really like it! Maybe you'd like to check mine out as well :) it's http://vickynspiration.blogspot.com . We bloggers have to stick together!

    xx

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    1. Thanks s much!
      I love the design of yours! Followed you on bloglovin :)

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  6. Hey just found you through LC's post, lovely photos on this post it looks like you had an amazing experience :) I'm now following you, I look forward to more posts in the future.

    xo
    - J
    www.jessglamdiary.blogspot.com

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  7. This is so inspiring! Thank you for showing Africa in such a way - I really admire you.

    I live in South Africa, in the Western Cape and I just wanted to pop by and say THANK YOU for doing such a wonderful thing.

    www.bohemianmuses.blogspot.com

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      I'm now following your blog!

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  8. Beautiful pictures! I started following your blog.
    Kathy
    http://kaydeeglam.blogspot.com

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  9. Hi, I found you through the LC forum and I think your blog spreads a great message! I think it's great that you are so in tune with helping others in developing countries, and I hope you have the opportunity to visit again! Not to mention how beautiful these pictures are! I'd love to connect on here!

    XoXo,

    Chantel
    https://stylesequence.blogspot.com

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  10. Thanks for writing about Africa! I'm always interested in service trips and this sounds like a great experience! Aren't the little kids just to die for????? Melting my heart.

    - Amanda from http://iffleyroad.blogspot.com/

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  11. What an awesome story! I to feel like I need to go on a mission trip someday in the near future and it's always so encouraging to hear stories or people who have traveled abroad to help spread God's word.

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    1. You should! It's truly such an amazing experience and no matter where you go, God always shows you something really cool!

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xoxo
Kate