About Mallory Fundora
In October 2011 I sat down to write my Christmas list for my parents, I looked around my room and I realized there was nothing I needed, nothing I wanted. But the more I thought about it, the more I thought about the children in Africa, and how they weren’t going to get Christmas presents, and there was a lot of things that they needed.
So, I sent my parents an email with my Christmas list, one thing on it, to help Africa.See, in August of 2010 the Ugandan Orphan Children’s Choir came to my church to perform, and I got to meet the children, and they were amazing. They were so loving, and just wanted to hug me and hold my hand.
The day after I sent the email my parents and I sat down and talked about what I wanted to do, and how I wanted to help. I contacted Amazima Ministries and Project Have Hope and I told them what I wanted to do, and I asked them how I could best help them. That is how Project Yesu was born.
My goals at first were simple, but my dream was big. You know what happens when you give God your dreams? He takes them and makes them bigger then you could ever have imagined.
So I started to tell people about Project Yesu, and my mom helped me start a blog so people could read about it. From there it continued to grow. I met my first goal in a week, and by the time Christmas came that first year, I had raised more then I dreamed, and was sponsoring 7 children.
It started with a dream, a desire and bloomed into a passion. It changed my life and the lives of people around me. Project Yesu has continued to grow and evolve since starting in 2011. We are constantly looking for areas of need in Uganda, new partnerships to make, and ways to help.
In October of 2012, I traveled to Uganda for the first time. I spent 9 days in the country that has captured my heart. I met my sponsored children, I met their families, I visited their homes and I went to their schools. I got to know them, they weren’t strangers or some picture on the internet, they are my kids. Seeing their schools and their homes, made me want to help them even more. When I was walking around their villages, seeing what little they had, it made me feel selfish. It made me angry to think about people back in the United States and how we complain about what we have. What surprised me is that the people I met in Uganda, they don’t feel sorry for themselves, they don’t complain about what they have. They have a joy that is unexplainable. The are the most loving people I have ever met, they are selfless, caring and welcoming.
I read a quote one day from Mahatma Ghandi that said, “Be the change you want to see in the world”. That’s what I want to do, I want to be the change, I want to make a difference, I want to help people. Everyone thinks kids are selfish or that we’re just kids and we can’t do anything like this. I want to show people what a difference one person can make. If someone, because they heard about me, or met me, decides that they can be a change too, then it will spread from me, to that person, to another person and so on.
Kids have good ideas, and you know what? We don’t know all the reasons why it won’t work, we just know we what we want to do. I know with Project Yesu, I am making a difference, not only in the lives of the children in Uganda who now have food, medicine and can go to school. But I am making a difference in the lives of my family, my friends, my teachers and even people I have never met before.
I want Project Yesu to continue to spread and grow, and to do that I need people like you, who are reading this post to spread the word and to help me.
So I have accepted the challenge to be the change….will you?