February 9, 2017
As I made my 36 hour trek back home from Uganda, I watched an incredible movie that I had somehow missed in the theaters while it was out. The Queen of Katwe it’s well worth seeing on many levels. And, by the way this is not a movie review, but this movie does show the life and struggles of many Ugandan’s. It also shows why so many children need someone to come alongside them to help with their education.
The movie is based on the true story of a 10 year old girl, Phiona, who lives with her mother and siblings in the slums of Katwa in Kampala, Uganda. Phiona’s story is like so many others in Uganda, her father has died and her mother is trying her to raise her children the best she can. Making sure they get some food in their belly’s and a roof over their heads. But there is never enough money for school fees. So they don’t go to school. Phiona and her siblings help out by selling Maze in the unrelenting traffic that flows through the streets of Kampala.
One day Phiona sees a group of boys going into a rundown building made of, what we’d call recycled wooden slates. The slates don’t meet so she looks inside through one of the openings to see what they are doing, and, as she is spying in, the instructor sees her and invites her in.
In that room she learns a game that changes her life, Chess. In no time at all everyone begins to realize that Phiona is brilliant and over the years she becomes a Chess master. As I watched this movie there were moments when I was a little weepy, I won’t deny it. I wondered how many more children living in the slums of Kampala, Jinja, Entebbee, or anywhere in the World have the potential that Phiona did. Children with brilliant creative brains, but they are unable to go to school because there is no money for that. Their mothers work tirelessly just to put a simple meal on the table and small roof over their heads. Schools becomes a luxury for those with more.
For those of us in the US we can educate a Ugandan child for just over $100 a year, $30 a month. Many of us can spare $30 and never miss it. We have 30 – 35 children who still need a sponsor and another 10 – 15 on the waiting list to be added in to the program. I have seen the need up close and personal. I have seen the mothers work hard to provide for their children. We at DMI made a decision to come alongside these moms, widows, struggling women to help carry their burden. Will you partner with us and help one of these children too?
James 1:27 “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”