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    Showing up with kindness for new arrivals in Kyaka

    Day 7

    Turning Over a New Leaf

    There’s a moment when people forced to flee their homes are faced with a difficult truth. The life they used to lead is all but over, and a wholly new life is just beginning.

    What if, in that moment, we could meet them with kindness? With a little something to show them that we’re here to help them build that life?

    In Kyaka Refugee Settlement in Uganda, new refugees arrive everyday. Centers across the camp house families until they receive the things they need to settle in – a plot of land, supplies to build their house. It’s these days of waiting that can be the most difficult, when reality sets in.

    We’ve heard from people over the past few days how important and life-giving the simple act of planting a tree can be. So why not give the same gift of life to these new arrivals?

    We gave families mango tree seedlings, helping them set the roots in the earth. As families construct a home and plant new fields of sorghum, maize, beans, and cassava, we thought a mango tree would mean a place to sit in the shade, to pick fruit and enjoy its sweetness.

    “When you look around, there are few trees, few fruit trees,” said Joanitah, who works with the new arrivals. “Now at least they have fruit to eat.”

    This day of change brought to you by Greater Goods

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