I was in a meeting in the Ugandan countryside when Gonza pulled up. He had bicycled about 15 km of rutted trails to be there. He wanted support for school. This was one of dozen’s of such request I have received while in Uganda (most of which I am unable to assist). I asked him to write down his story and bring it back the next night.
Over the next several interactions I learned that Gonza was a remarkable person. A person who is tenacious, resourceful and persistent. But even more than that he is a person with a sense of loyalty and compassion. His request was not just for him. It was his for his sister as well.
A request for two was less likely to be granted than petition for one (a fact he undoubtedly was aware of). It would have been easy for him to secure his own scholarship before bringing little sister into the picture. But he didn’t. He made the tough choice to jeopardize his needs and wants for the sake of someone even less fortunate than he.