Jessica and Dean Butcher visiting their sponsor daughter at her hut in Uganda.
Jessica and Dean Butcher visiting their sponsor daughter at her hut in Uganda. Contributed

Trip into Africa a revelation

JESSICA and Dean Butcher have recently returned from the trip of a lifetime: Two weeks spent building a house for orphaned children in Africa.

After sponsoring a child through the Irene Gleeson Foundation, the couple went to Northern Uganda this year to meet the young girl, Evelyn, provide some sport gear for needy child- ren, see the Irene Gleeson Foundation headquarters and meet Ms Gleeson.

They also wanted to set up a small business for women and build a house for a family of orphaned children in Kitgum. "Originally we just wanted to fundraise enough to build the house. We didn't think we'd actually be able to go over and build it ourselves," Mrs Butcher said.

But the dream came true, at the end of July this year. Mrs Butcher said seeing the Ugandan communities and the difference in quality of life was astounding.

"It makes you realise what you have," she said.

"We have so much more than we need. We are so lucky in Australia; people really should be helping others. I think everyone should go and do something like that. The thing I would like to get across to people is that everyone can do something to help. It all makes a huge difference."



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