New Friend / Old Friend

We’ve added a new friend to our friends list. (Look right – where we have links to other blogs).  Be the Change, Inc., however, isn’t a new friend.  Peggy Doucette, whom those close to Fidel know well as one of his Boise “Mom”s, was partnering with them when she visited the family in Uganda.  She’s been working with them since 2009 but we’re just now adding them to our website.  Below is a little blurb about the group.

Be the Change, Inc. is an accredited 501(c) 3 non-profit organization founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, working primarily in eastern Africa. The mission is to build partnerships between both adult and student leadership groups in US and Africa to develop sustainable projects at the grass-roots level.
 
BTC Boise was formed in 2009, the same year that trip participants met Fidel Nshombo, a Congolese refugee now living in Boise, Idaho. Just before the team left for Uganda, Fidel had found out that his family was alive and living in a refugee camp in Uganda. 48 hours later, the team, housed in the outskirts of the capital city of Kampala, heard a knock on the compound door and we met Arnold, Fidel’s younger brother. In the ensuing years, trip participants have had the honor of visiting with Fidel’s family, helping to support and celebrate (40th wedding jubilee) with them.
 

What it doesn’t say is that Peggy, a Doctor here in Boise, provided some much-needed medical services while visiting and that we’re forever in debt to her for that.  So – go check them out, donate, volunteer or all of the above.

Sapphire Room Address – Good News – and Thank You

If you weren’t able to make the Celebration at the Sapphire Room I’m sorry for you.  You missed a hugely entertaining and inspiring evening.   We hope to put up some additional photos and videos of the party part but we’ll lead with the video of Fidel’s address to the group of friends who were there.   Most of the folks there knew Fidel well, and yet, as he always does, he still managed to inspire us all immensely.  Some to tears.

Briefly I want to say  thank you on behalf of Fidel and Aline, Boise to Bukavu and all of our friends, for the role  you’ve played in helping him get his family here.  If you haven’t heard, the entire family has been selected for relocation to Canada and with perseverance and some luck should be there (here) by the end of the year.  The money raised at this event will go a long way to help make that happen.

Peace to all – and without further ado – here’s Fidel.