Raleigh woman to teach Ugandan children

Posted December 7, 2010
Updated December 8, 2010

— A Raleigh-based youth entrepreneurship program will be helping to teach children in Uganda this month.

Valerie Fields founded the Millionaires in Training program, a local nonprofit, to teach young people the basics of business.

Fields traveled to Uganda in June with the with the Wake Forest group Embrace Uganda. They brought food, toiletries and medical care to remote villages.

“Uganda is literally one of the poorest regions on the planet,” Fields said.

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Fields said she saw children living in mud-and-stick huts and attending school under a mango tree.

“It’s something that makes you rethink your priorities,” Field said.

A pastor in Uganda heard about Fields’ program and wanted her to host youth conferences in the Kumi and Kaihura regions from Dec. 29 through Jan. 5.

“We’ll have an opportunity to meet and to connect and teach more than 1,000 children over a two-week period,” Fields said.

Fields is making the trip alone, but she is taking along boxes donated clothing and shoes.

“These children have literally one or two sets of clothing, so it's important that we meet some of the most basic needs,” she said.

Fields is also taking along books because, she said, the gift of literacy can help meet another basic need in Uganda.

“It’s easy to sit back and do nothing, or you can step and do something. This is just our way to step up and do something,” she said.

Fields said her expenses for the trip are covered, but her group needs $5,000 to accommodate the children she expects to teach in Uganda. So far, she has raised $2,000.


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  • gregg45 Dec 8, 2010

    i bet its warmer there,,

  • OzzzMan Dec 8, 2010

    howdiditgettothis, I pay taxes!

  • OzzzMan Dec 8, 2010

    I would vote to close our borders, bring all of our troops home and stop foreign aid. Our country needs it a lot more now.

  • rdmcswai Dec 8, 2010

    Howdiditgettothis - I agree. People DIE on a regular basis trying to cross the borders. Literally DYING for a shot at a better life here.

    For all the people arguing for all the disadvantaged children here in America, what are you doing to help them? At least this woman is doing something she not only feels passionate about, but helps children and families who need it, regardless of where they're located.

  • howdiditgettothis Dec 8, 2010

    The comments on here are senseless.

    We open our borders to millions of people every year.....everyone wants in the US -- it is the most advanced and advantaged country in the world.

    We have some people who CHOOSE to be unemployed (look at the medicaid, food stamps & fraud) and sit on the bums to get that check. Even the homeless here have a MUCH better life than the stick huts in Uganda......

    Of course our country has people that need help....many have church and community resources available at low or no cost. All you people who posted about helping out "our" people first -- well just what are YOU doing to help?

    We also have way too many taking advantage of our resources, too.

    Again - if you are so concerned about the people here, what are you doing to help them?

  • fatchanceimwrong Dec 8, 2010

    Well this answers the questions about the alien life story on here from earlier. There is no intelligent life out there. If there were, we'd be sending some aid by now.

  • KermitDFrog Dec 8, 2010

    @ncguy - I agree. Prediction for 6 months from now: Ugandan rebels kidnap American teacher from NC. If she is lucky, they will kill her quickly.

    @others - Agreed... How about helping out in the good old USA.

  • jonathanandpaula23 Dec 8, 2010

    I agree, at some point the US needs to take care of itself and not other countries. What about our homeless, educationless children?? There are lots of them right here, no need to travel to find kids that could use our help.

  • edbuck51 Dec 8, 2010

    at least these kids want more than a pair of air jordans and an iphone

  • smegma Dec 8, 2010

    slow news day?

    i know a few million kids in the US that could use a good teacher...