Beth Zwecher, who remembers having a dream at the tender age of five to visit Africa, and a voice telling her that she would be safe, realized that dream a second time around, when she traveled with a team of volunteers to drill a well to supply clean drinking water for one hundred families in the village of Kibisi, Uganda, the first well since the 1980’s.
The team raised enough funds to build the water well, but is now seeking donations through a GoFundMe campaign to complete their work in the African nation.
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Zwecher, a clinical social worker from Massachusetts, who uses percussion music to heal patients, said she felt joy when she arrived in Uganda for the first time two years ago after meeting native Samuel Bakkabulindi at church.
The two, who started non-profit, Bakka2thesouce Inc, became friends because of their mutual interests. He is an international musician, percussionist and a native of Uganda, and someone who is helping Zwecher to live out her dream.
Bakkabulindi’s sad story of living through years of war in Uganda, and a rebel attack that killed his father and burnt his family’s home to the ground touched Zwecher’s heart, and brought into focus her purpose to educate and care for orphaned children in Kibisi, Uganda.
After grieving the passing of her mother whom she took care of for many years, Zwecher packed her bags and traveled along with Bakkabulindi to Uganda.
The couple adopted eight children and sent them to school full-time before returning to the United States to continue their fundraising efforts through the non-profit bakka
Their hope is to one day raise enough funds to build a village, that would house a school, clinic, community center, and cultural center, for 10,000 children, many of them, orphaned by AIDS.
The journey has been long and difficult, forcing the couple to use all of their savings. She also took out loans on her house, and hosted bake sales. These much needed donations came through the 501 3(c) Bakka2thesourceInc. – Trip back to Uganda.
And while immersing herself in the culture, Zwecher was adopted in Uganda by Taata Ssebwufu, her father, from the Enjovu clan.
Her name is now Nassozi Beth, which means the one who takes you up the hill when you can’t take yourself.