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    What a transformation one day can make!

    Day 170

    A Home for Gatete

    Gatete lives in Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda. He’s had a particularly tough time recently, with an illness that’s left him unable to support himself.

    When we first spoke to Gatete, he was sleeping outside, without a shelter.

    “Gatete needed help,” said Andrew from the Alight team. “He came to us and asked what we might do to help. We immediately told ourselves, there’s got to be something we can do.”

    Together with the Rotaract Club of Nakivale, we had a shelter built for him, and helped him furnish it with the comforts of home, like a mattress and eating utensils. We also connected him to health services so that he can get a proper diagnosis.

    “It was really powerful to see Gatete’s transformation over just one day,” said Andrew. “He went from sleeping out in the open one night, to sleeping on a comfortable mattress the next, with a roof over his head and a blanket to keep him warm.”

    “Just when I thought the world had turned its back on me, today I have reason to smile and shed tears of joy,” said Gatete. “Who thought I would ever live in an iron roofed house? Thank you!”

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