Every gift can change a life. When Maclaren, maker of high end children’s strollers, gave Crossroads a massive donation, they reached needy families across the world. Some were included in shipments to places like Uganda, but most were given to help children right here in Hong Kong.

One stroller went to Chi Kin, a 3 year old with special needs that prevent him walking. His family’s limited budget has already been stretched with medical bills. So, for them to get him, a big boy, around busy Hong Kong, he needed the Rolls Royce of strollers, albeit on a Mini budget. The sight of the Maclaren gift, brand new and still in its packaging, left them open mouthed with amazement. It was perfect for his needs and, best of news, it cost them nothing.

2014-04-09_1220Another went to ‘Mi Li’, a widow, a mother of five who is completely blind. Living on a shoestring budget, Mei li could not afford the needed furniture for her home, much less a stroller for her baby. Though unable to see, she carried her baby around on her hip throughout the day, while trying to care for her other four children. When she heard a brand new stroller could be given, her hands stroked it in wonder. For her, too, this was a transformative gift.

We are grateful beyond words to partners like Maclaren, who are using their core strengths and resources to equip families in need.

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Christine, a 49 year-old widow, lives in a grass thatched house with her 8 grandchildren whose parents died from HIV/AIDS. She had very limited household resources – just one saucepan, two plates, no bed and no mosquito net. Her grandchildren were not going to school because they didn’t have the school supplies and clothes they needed. Finding enough food to feed all nine of them has been a huge struggle for Christine, and the children regularly suffer from bouts of malaria. They were often bored and restless.

“I thought I had been forgotten” – Widowed grandmother of 8

Uganda elderlyLife changed for Christine and the 8 little ones when a shipment arrived from Crossroads, filled with goods donated from Hong Kong. Our partners in Uganda came into contact with Christine and her family and were able to give her some of the very things she needed most: mosquito nets, new plates, cups and cooking utensils, toys, clothes and games for the children and, most importantly, uniforms and stationery so that they can return to school.

“I thought I had been forgotten,” Christine exclaimed when she received the goods. Staff told us that she hugged everybody and danced around with joy!

Uganda schoolIt wasn’t only impoverished families like Christine’s that benefited from the shipment. Goods from this container were used to invest in community schools and health centres. At one clinic, some patients were sleeping on the floor because the number of beds was insufficient. Now, beds from Crossroads mean that more patients can be treated and served in comfort and safety.

In one rural secondary school (right), students sat on the floor for lessons because they didn’t have desks and chairs. Uganda school chairsSchool furniture from Crossroads’ shipment means that now, not only can they sit at desks and chairs each day for more effective learning and concentration, but the school has been upgraded to an exam facility! This means children no longer have to travel to a different village for exams but can sit them at their own school.

It’s truly been a story of transformation for this Ugandan community, and one for which we’re so very grateful to our donors and sponsors!

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Uganda Snapshot

Population: 37.58 million
Capital: Kampala

Uganda is a fertile, land-locked country in East Africa, in the Africa Great Lakes region, with a tropical climate.

Great progress has been made in fighting HIV in Uganda, but 1.5 million people still live with the disease, and there are 1 million children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.

39% of girls are married by the age of 18. 37.7% of people in Uganda live below the international poverty line of US$1.25/day.

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