Kelly with some of the children from the Rock
of Joy Children's Centre
KELLY Yates will be sharing a story of hope
when she gives a talk at Kilmakee Presbyterian Church at 11am on
Saturday morning (October 13).
Kelly will be sharing stories about the Rock
of Joy Children's Centre in Uganda, where she worked for six
months with The Oasis Trust, at the coffee morning at the
"During my time in Uganda I discovered the
beauty of its landscape I have stumbled upon something even more
beautiful, a different type of beauty. The beauty of seeing a
community transformed. It is astounding how a person's face can
literally become brighter as they are liberated from hardship."
During her talk on Saturday morning Kelly
will share the story of Pastor Steven Kimbowa, the founder of
the Rock of Joy
Children's Centre in Lungujja, just outside
the capital Kampala. "When I first visited the school in 2005 I
found a distressing scene," continued Kelly. 'A lack of funds
was having a huge impact – space was limited, as were
educational resources, the children knelt on the ground whilst
working, they often became sick without access to necessary
healthcare, the school was struggling to feed the children a
mere cup of porridge each day which, for many children was the
only nourishment they would receive. With the added reality of
HIV/AIDS and malaria I could quickly have become disheartened,
but this was impossible when my heart had been captured by the
joy for life that I found in the people here."
Since returning from Uganda, Kelly has been working with the
Kabanda Trust to raise money for the centre, which, according to
Kelly is "filled with more hope than ever before."