“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” ~ Proverbs 31:8-9
She has a quiet way about her, speaking softly. But the volume of her voice doesn’t hold a candle to the volume of her heart. A woman with a passion to care for orphans and empower and equip women in Uganda, Emily started The Lulu Tree. An organization who’s mission it is to be “preventing tomorrow’s orphans by equipping today’s mothers.”
I met Emily in person for the first time on a shuttle from the airport in Greenville SC on our way to the Allume Conference in 2014. She was pregnant and just showing with her rainbow baby, a daughter given after a difficult loss. She was still dealing with some of the pregnancy sickness and looked a bit weary. But in the few minutes we had to visit, she pressed into the conversation. Her heart for others is evident from the moment you meet her. Grace-filled and transparent. She was leading one of the seminars and she was nervous. I told her that I would find her the morning of her talk and we would pray.
Sometimes that is all we can do – be a support and encouragement to one another and pray. The little things DO matter!
And Emily is doing just that in her work with The Lulu Tree.
After travelling to Uganda on a blogger’s trip, Emily came home and knew that she needed to do more. Finding employment is difficult for women, especially single women in Uganda. So often the only support they can get is if the child is sponsored by a program like Compassion. Wonderful programs yes, but how amazing would it be if these women were given the opportunity to find employment that would provide income and end the cycle of poverty in their families?!
And so through The Lulu Tree they are equipping women to chase dreams of their own. To train them in a trade of their liking…in Emily’s own words “Our ultimate goal is that these women become confident, joyful and self-sufficient.”
One of the things I love most about The Lulu Tree is that it is helping women chase their dreams. Dreams of being a tailor, a hairdresser or a seamstress. Dreams that seemed impossible but now are becoming a reality. We get that here don’t we?!
There are so many different ways that you can support The Lulu Tree. They have an Etsy shop with many beautiful items created out of African fabrics. 100% of the proceeds from the items sold benefit The Lulu Tree.
And they even have a sponsorship program. What I love most about this program is that with the funds the women are given the ability to better support their families and also taught budgeting and saving skills so that they continue to have a positive impact on their own community.
Women helping women, dreamers encouraging other dreamers…yes we CAN make a difference in the life of another. Will you join us?
If you want to know more about The Lulu Tree and other ways you can help, please check out all the information that they have here and help spread us the word about this wonderful organization!
And for helping us spread the word about The Lulu Tree today, Emily has graciously donated a copy of her book Atlas Girl! This is a beautiful book about finding home. Enter to win in the Rafflecopter below!