It was only in 2006 when 18 year old Katie Davis first went to Uganda. It was your standard mission trip to go help in the orphanage. It’s just that it turned into so much beyond what she could ever have expected. She fell in love with the kids and returned the next year to teach the kindergarten. While there she something disheartening. School-aged children played alongside the road but they weren’t ever in school. Upon inquiring she discovered that in Uganda students must pay fees and the poor had no way for their children to receive an education. Wanting to help a handful of the children, she set up a Education Sponsorship Outreach. She meant to have only a small number of children to oversee but at the end of 2008, she was able to see 150 children go to school.
After her year was up she returned home at her father’s request to get a college education. She tried to study nursing but her heart was in Uganda. Her parents loved her but they didn’t understand. She finally convinced them to bless her return to Uganda.
Shortly after her return 3 orphans were brought to the place she lived. The woman asked her to take them and at first reluctant, her heart melted when they called her “Mommy.” She took them as her own. Then another child was brought. And another. Before she realized it she had 13 children she unexpectedly had taken in.
As if that weren’t enough she befriended a nearby community in Masese where the needs were dire. She started a feeding program that now provides meals for 1200 children Monday through Friday. She continued her work by hiring local people in positions of need, teaching the women how to make beads and so much more. All while raising her 13 daughters she adopted.
Katie Davis also happens to be an extraordinary writer. After many begged her to write her story, she did and it made the New York Times Best Seller list. Katie has inspired millions around the world and while still only in her 20’s, she does extraordinary work. She still raises her daughters and while she never thought it possible that a young man would want to marry her and assume responsibility for that many children, last year she married.
Katie’s story is more inspiring the more you read. You can read her book or her blog (kissesfromkatie.blogspot.com) and be amazed at this young woman. Some talk about changing the world. But Katie is doing it.
Get her book: Kisses from Katie
Check out her work at www.amazima.com