BGHS Alumnae Details Transformative Experience In Uganda During Presentation
By Ethan Colbert
A few months ago, Erin Kaser thought she had her life’s purpose figured out. The Bowling Green High School alumnae knew she wanted to go to medical school and to become a physician.
She believed that her life’s work was to help treat the sick and heal the wounded. She imagined this work primarily taking place inside an American hospital.
Those plans began to shift after her mother mentioned to her a newspaper article about a Hannibal woman, Cindy Haun, who had sold her possessions and was preparing to move overseas to Uganda.
Kaser said the article intrigued her and, together, the mother-daughter duo met Haun for lunch.
On Sunday, Kaser said Haun’s conversation inspired her to acknowledge her own desires to go overseas.
“I have always had an interest in other countries every since I was little,” Kaser said Sunday in an interview. “I had the opportunity to meet Cindy, and she was doing this amazing thing, and I just decided that it was exactly what I was looking for and exactly what I wanted to be a part of.”
Haun, who retired last year from the Hannibal Public Library, was moving to Uganda to join the staff of the Faithfully Nurturing Children’s Mission School. The school, which was founded by a husband and wife from Mount Sterling, Illinois, has now grown to include an enrollment of more than 200 students. The students range in age from pre-kindergarten to seventh grade.
Haun is now working directly with children who have been diagnosed with a learning or physical disability.
The school is located within one of the slum areas, Kamwokya, which is a neighborhood within the capital city of Uganda, Kampala.
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