Living in another country you get to experience all new holidays (like Martyr’s Day), but you also realize how few western holidays get celebrated in Uganda. No 4th of July, no Halloween, no Thanksgiving. Uganda also has an Independence Day, and I’m not a huge fan of Halloween anyways, but I will miss Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because I feel like it is one of the few holidays that has remained (relatively) un-commercialized.

I’ve never thought of myself as a particularly ungrateful person, but this year I have a new appreciation of how much I have to be thankful for. Usually at my house after the Thanksgiving meal my family goes around and says what they are thankful for. I usually say something like my friends or family, for which I am very thankful for, but this year what come to mind are much more basic things, things I have always taken for granted.


This year I am thankful that there was never a question if I would get an education or not. I am thankful that I always had access to clean water. I am thankful that I always had enough clothes to wear. I am thankful I always had access to medical care. I am thankful that I always had enough food to eat.


But most of all, this year I am thankful that I have the chance to make a difference in someone’s life by helping them get an education, or clean water, or medical care, or food. I am thankful to be partnering alongside people who believe that everyone is entitled to the same basic human rights, and who work hard to make sure they get them.


You can help make this holiday season an incredible one by partnering with Bringing Hope to the Family in Uganda, or Action Ministries in Kenya, and help make the things that you are thankful for a reality in others lives. Visit Know Think Act to see how you can partner with these amazing leaders who are changing their communities.

Enock Tumwine

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