Father Lawrence Kizito Kimbowa (left) of the nonprofit Change a Life Uganda meets with Red Bank Charter School principal Meredith Pennotti (second from left), during his visit to the school on October 5.
Press release from Red Bank Charter School
On Monday, October 5, the students and staff of Red Bank Charter School welcomed a pair of special guest speakers, Father Lawrence Kizito Kimbowa and Jean Semler. Both guests were in Red Bank as representatives from Change a Life Uganda, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of orphaned and disadvantaged children and their families in the Ugandan communities of Migyera and Nabbingo.
Addressing a classroom audience, Father Lawrence shared his personal history as a Ugandan child refugee during a civil war, as well as the impact that one family made on his life when they sponsored his education — an outreach that led in turn to his life-long mission to continue the gift of education to children of rural villages at the St. Lawrence School in Migyera.
With help from Semler and Dave Thelen, Change A Life Uganda was founded with the aim of allowing many more Ugandan children access to a school education.
The important visit coincided with the weeks-long planning of the annual RBCS International Day, to be held on October 22 — a special event designed to create awareness of global issues and conversations that shape understanding of our common global community.