Happy New Year!
I still cannot believe that it’s already 2021… Remember when we said that it seemed like 2020 would never end?
Hello! My name is Aleesha Roessler, and I am currently volunteering with Smile Again Families Uganda. I am staying with Fredie, Stella, and their wonderful, joy-filled children; I plan to be here for about 6 months! I am a recent college graduate from the University of Illinois, which also happens to be my home state!
About a week and a half ago we wrapped up the annual ‘Your Worth’ Summit as we traveled to one last village to share with a newer group of mothers; many we were all meeting for the first time. There were about 19 mothers in total, and it was beautiful to witness the formation of new community as the summit came to an end this year.
As we closed the year in December 2020, we went round in the homes of these mothers asking them of what they had done about their vision now that it was about 4 months. Amazingly many of them had started small businesses to earn some money to bring them to the big dream.
In the past five years, #SmileAgain. Has served over 300 vulnerable teen moms, between 14 – 20 yrs. These moms are dropped out of their families by parents, school dropouts, dumped by friends and isolated by society. Many leave on Streets, others in ghetto areas ( slums). This has caused a high rate prostitution..