Paul R. Stevenson - Education mission, Kamengo 2017

Uganda
Since I was young, I have always been pulled towards Africa. This year I have been gifted with the opportunity of a lifetime to not only visit but to share my life & business experience with the youth at the Agnes Zabali Boys & Girls Club of Kamengo, Uganda. 

When I was 16 years old, my incredible daughter Serena was conceived. This was a defining moment in my young life and at the time it seemed extremely overwhelming. Becoming a parent at a young age forced me to graduate high school a year early and attend Algonquin College in Ottawa. There I met a passionate and ambitious young man by the name of Jimmy Sebulime. We played on the Algonquin Thunder basketball team together and he was a born leader.  I was instantly drawn to his passion for life. Sadly, Jimmy and I lost contact after college in 2002.

After working for many years in a job that was killing me mentally and physically and falling into a deep depression, I became suicidal. One morning in late 2012 after almost hitting absolute rock bottom I had an 'aha' moment that would shift my life path forever. I decided I wanted to create a genuine life for myself filled with conscious experiences. I quit my job, started my own business, lost 60 lbs, found yoga/meditation and began the transformation into the man I always wanted to be. Fast forward to August 2016. 

After finishing a morning goal setting conference with 2 friends I looked over to see Jimmy. "JIMMY?!" I said with excitement. "PAUL?!" he responded. We embraced and discussed our life paths over the last 13 years. Jimmy explained to me the tragedy of his mother Agnes' death in 2012 from a car accident during a trip to Uganda and what they had created in his home village of Kamengo. Having been a refugee from the civil war of Uganda in 1985, Jimmy explained the positive impact the local Boys & Girls clubs in Ottawa had on him and how he and his mother wanted to create the same impact on the youth of his home village. He wanted to continue with her vision after her passing. I was immediately on board and interested in becoming a part of this project. Jimmy insisted I join him on a voyage overseas and just like that; the seed was planted.

I knew then that this was my purpose, my passion because I had never felt energy like that in my life. I had found my calling: I wanted to grow through growing others. I wanted to share my life experience with the youth around the globe to hopefully impact their lives in the same way that Jimmy's had been impacted and in turn, mine had been impacted by Jimmy becoming a part of my life. 

In November of 2017 I will be travelling to Kamengo, Uganda for the first time (of hopefully many) to teach the youth at the Agnes Zabali Boys & Girls Club about entrepreneurship and business, to hopefully help shift their perspectives on business and creative thinking. 

If you are reading this, thank you for taking the time to do so and thank you in advance for your support. With your support, we are collectively creating further awareness for this one of a kind facility that is changing the lives of so many on a daily basis and giving children a place to grow and feel safe. 

My goal is to raise $3500 to help support this project.

The money raised pays school fees and buys school supplies for 155 youth in Kamengo, and also helps some of them go on to higher education elsewhere in Uganda. Thank you so much in advance for your support.

(Donations of $20 or more will automatically receive a tax receipt)
$2,770 raised so far

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