When my friend asked if I could write something about why our family chose to sponsor children’s schooling through Rudi International I said yes but honestly wasn’t sure what I would write. I don’t really have a grand story to tell. There was no writing on the wall or a burning bush moment. There was just a post on facebook last year that asked for sponsors and I thought – we can do that.  A couple of clicks later and the money was sent.

The needs of this world can be overwhelming, and the incredible disparity between those who have so much and those who have so little has bothered me since I was a small child and bothers me still. It seems unreal that some are given more than enough and some are given not enough at all. It’s unthinkable that where you happen to be born can be the difference between life and death.

A carpenter from Nazareth once said that if you have two coats you should give one to the person who has none. That’s pretty simple isn’t it? If you’re in the “more than enough” category, give something to someone in the “not enough at all” category.

I have two children. We’ll have a choice to send them to free public education or utilize a private school. Meanwhile, somewhere else on this planet, is a parent or grandparent who doesn’t have either choice. I have extra, they have none. And I can change that equation. I can take from my excess and give where there is a void.

Education should be available to every child. And Rudi International provides us the means to help that “should” become a reality for some amazing kids who absolutely deserve that chance. It’s so simple you don’t need a burning bush to explain it.

– Wendi

L'amour est patient, il est plein de bonté, l'amour. Il n'est pas envieux, il ne cherche pas à se faire valoir, il ne s'enfle pas d'orgueil. Il ne fait rien d'inconvenant. Il ne cherche pas son propre intérêt, il ne s'aigrit pas contre les autres, il ne trame pas le mal.  L'injustice l'attriste, la vérité le réjouit.  En toute occasion, il pardonne, il fait confiance, il espère, il persévère. L'amour n'aura pas de fin. Les prophéties cesseront, les langues inconnues prendront fin, et la connaissance particulière cessera.

L’amour est patient, il est plein de bonté, l’amour. Il n’est pas envieux, il ne cherche pas à se faire valoir, il ne s’enfle pas d’orgueil.
Il ne fait rien d’inconvenant. Il ne cherche pas son propre intérêt, il ne s’aigrit pas contre les autres, il ne trame pas le mal.
L’injustice l’attriste, la vérité le réjouit.
En toute occasion, il pardonne, il fait confiance, il espère, il persévère.
L’amour n’aura pas de fin. Les prophéties cesseront, les langues inconnues prendront fin, et la connaissance particulière cessera. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

 

“It’s so simple you don’t need a burning bush to explain it.” – Wendi

Jackson Free Press just published an article on Rudi International Co-Founder and President Alain-Daniel Wa-Baguma. You can read the full article at this link.

Aside from school and church, Wa-Baguma is the president and co-founder of a nonprofit organization called Rudi International. Rudi, which is Swahili for return, is an organization, which began three years ago, that helps connect the African Diaspora to the needs in Africa.

“What’s a way you can return home either by physically returning and contributing to the development or even financially or through leadership and mentorship?” Wa-Baguma says. “Rudi encapsulates everything.”

Rudi International helps children further their education and schooling. It aids 32 kids with school supplies, uniforms and tuition. The children range from first grade to the eighth grade. Rudi also helps provide counseling to people dealing with trauma from this war-torn region of the country and teaches women and girls how to steer off predators.

Though the organization doesn’t have an office, it has several sponsors across the United States and some in Europe, Asia and Africa. Wa-Baguma started Rudi International as a way to make contributions to his home from miles away. “I wanted to make awareness of the difficulties in my country,” Wa-Baguma says. “I wanted to impact the place where I am and the place I am from.” (More Dudes We Dig in http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2014/jun/11/dudes-we-dig/)

Alain-Daniel Wa-Baguma, President and Co-Founder at Rudi International http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/photos/2014/jun/11/17700/

Alain-Daniel Wa-Baguma, President and Co-Founder at Rudi International

Jackson Free Press