We Did It For Kids in Uganda

You guys. I’m speechless. Speechless and doing cartwheels right now. Speechless, doing cartwheels, and with my jaw on the floor right now.

If I could do a front flip, I would do one right this minute (but I’m 30, so I probably shouldn’t).

You did it. We did it. We raised $30,000 to build a whole classroom in Uganda.

Thirty-freaking-thousand (is that a number?).

I have to admit, I tend to be a skeptic. When people come up with awesome ideas, I tend to be the one to search out the flaws, to notice the holes, to wonder what will happen “if” this and “if” that.

And when this idea came to me, my response was no different. I picked my idea apart.

Would we raise the money in time? Was something like this even possible?

But no matter how hard I tried to push the idea out of my mind, it kept coming back. And I just figured, “what the heck?” To send kids to school in Uganda, it was worth the risk.

So I took the leap. Because I’d rather be crazy than boring.

I will never be the same. I hope you won’t either.

I hope this is a reminder to all of us that we should dream bigger, and believe in the impossible.

I hope its a reminder that when we take steps of faith for something that matters, and we give it everything we have — floods of resources will open their gates to us.

I hope it’s a reminder of the generosity implicit in human nature.

I hope it is a lesson, for myself mostly, that I don’t always have to know steps five through ten before I take step one.

I hope I remember how, sometimes, the picture isn’t clear when we begin.

Thank you for everything you did to make this possible.

Maybe you gave five dollars, or five hundred dollars, or no dollars, but you blogged, or shared, or just gave your emotional support. It doesn’t matter. You were a part of the ecosystem that made this happen.

This was not me. This was us.

We did what love does. I’m proud to call you all friends.

Thank you for making my 30th birthday the most memorable birthday ever.

Much love,


About Allison Vesterfelt

I help people uncover their true self through the art of writing. Author of Packing Light. You can connect with me on Facebook and Twitter.


  1. Lindsay says

    As I often say, “God will fund what He favors.” I’m so excited to hear that the project is fully funded! Love does. Happy 30th birthday, Ally.

    • says

      Gabrielle — I was in tears too when I first found out! I’m so glad my courage is inspiring you to courage, too. Courage is contagious.

  2. says

    Woohoo!! Congratulations! What an exciting thing. This is a lesson I continue to have to learn. One step, not twenty. We just have to keep taking steps. Excited to have been a tiny part of this awesome project.

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    Loved this idea but found you too late to participate. Any chance you might do another love runs or have some thirst left to sell?

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