“Hi there I’m Steve, one of the directors of Gulu Mission. My passion is to help young people here in the UK to realise that they can make a difference in the lives of people affected by the horrors of what’s been happening in Northern Uganda over the last twenty something years.
I’ve been taking groups of young people to Gulu to really get their hands dirty helping, doing all sorts of things from teaching English to painting classrooms, and playing “What’s the time Mr. Wolf?” with the children, to building toilets! The young people have all ‘had the most amazing time’ and have come back with a different perspective on the world. Some have gone on to start major fund raising initiatives for us, even starting ‘a GMI juniors’ team others have made return trips.
Why not join us on one of our next ones?”
I’m Helen and married to Steve, we have four children. I’m passionate about helping the disadvantaged families and children in Northern Uganda to rebuild their lives, and to give children an education so that they have a hope and a future, which each little child deserves.
I’m John and have taken on the role of treasurer. I am married to Margaret, and we have two grown-up children. I am the church secretary at Gilgal Baptist Church in Porthcawl, where Steve is the Youth and Children’s worker, which is how I got to know him and Helen and learned about the amazing work with which they are involved in Northern Uganda.
After obtaining a maths degree, I enjoyed a 34 year career with Tata Steel UK Ltd (formerly British Steel), working initially in IT and then in Finance Management. I retired in 2014 and am now filling my time with a variety of charitable work, being also the treasurer of a second charity, namely the Bridgend Foodbank, and chairman of a third, Porthcawl YMCA.
‘Drew, you should come to Uganda with us’, she said. ‘You can play with the school children and go to the pastor’s conference!’ she said.
‘She’, was Helen. That was 2013. And ‘go to’ the pastor’s conference quickly turned into preaching at the pastor’s conference!
I’m so glad it did.
The people of Gulu have been through a lot. I studied history at Uni, but if you’re not into history books just watch, The Last King of Scotland and you’ll start to get the idea.
GMI is doing amazing work supporting local Ugandans to rebuild their communities, and I feel privileged to be a small part of that.
Do you believe every child has a right to healthcare and an education? If you are nodding right now, please get in touch via the website – I’d love to chat to you about how you can be involved.