As we emerge from two years of a worldwide pandemic, a word has been on my mind. Connection. At OneWorld Health, we’ve long known the life-changing power of connections and the incredible impact we can have on communities when we work together. And we know and have experienced an indescribable peace and clarity in purpose when we’re serving and connecting with our mission directly in the communities we serve. Yet, everything about that was challenged in the last two years.
This summer, I had the opportunity to travel to Uganda for the first time in more than two years. A beautiful country that my wife and I used to live in was removed from my life as a physical connection and touch-point. I wasn’t able to visit our staff, see our growing facility infrastructure, and most importantly connect in person with our brothers and sisters that we serve each and every day.
When I returned in July, we drove to visit our new hub facility in Kyenjojo, Uganda. This is the start of our expansion into the western side of the country. As our bus pulled up to a perfectly built facility that was serving hundreds of patients, I was overcome with joy, gratitude, and [purpose]. Connecting in-person with a new team and new patients and community members we can walk alongside in health, brought me back to our purpose.
This is the power of connection.
It fills our cup. It clarifies our purpose. And, most importantly, it changes lives for thousands of people who we are privileged to serve.
We are humbled and grateful to help you build connections with patients, communities, and our OneWorld Health family. By being connected, we can learn from each other and grow stronger together.
Looking forward, I invite you to consider this: The world needs us to connect with each other and live out our purpose. What meaningful connections drive you to live your purpose, and how can you get more connected this year?
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ONEWORLD HEALTH