A hand up, not a hand out

We’ve seen many relief efforts seek to feed people just for today. That’s important, of course. But from the start, Legacy World Missions has had a longer-range goal in mind for the children of Uganda.

We’ve been glad for the opportunity to help and feed people in need. We’ve just asked them for one thing in return: that they make the effort to help themselves. By improving their own conditions and prospects, the cycle of need will eventually become a cycle of prosperity, for a future of independence rather than dependence.

Of course, that requires commitment from people who never felt they had control of their own destiny. But inspired by Christian teachings, as well as our own Christian sense of service, the operators and residents of the Ugandan orphanages seem to have a fresh understanding of the possibilities, as well as their place as God’s children.

Legacy World Missions has helped thousands of youngsters overcome starvation and disease. But the efforts we’re most proud of are the efforts of the orphanage and school staffers, as well as the children themselves, who accepted our challenge, and have worked to improve life in their troubled corner of the world.

There’s one more thing we’re particularly proud of. Ninety-nine cents out of every dollar donated goes directly to the effort in Uganda. Few charity organizations come close to that level of operational efficiency. We at Legacy take no salary. Proportion of actual aid to overhead is one of the reasons that Legacy has been named one of the Top 10 children’s ministries in the world.

Learn more about Legacy’s programs, and the impact they’ve had:
Nutritious Food: Ensuring that provisions are delivered securely, to the people who need them
Skilled Trades: Giving teens a chance to learn a trade that will enable them to feed themselves
Sustainable Living: Providing tools and training for good stewardship of the earth and its resources

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