Charlotte Based Non-profit LoveGrows Helps Kids A World Away
A medical mission to East Africa first brought them together, now a common vision to help on a larger scale keeps them going.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Mityana is a small town in war torn Uganda. It's one of the poorest places in the world and home to the Royal School and Orphanage.
"They have 652 kids in 3 story bunk beds. They eat Posho which is a ground corn and beans every single day," explains LoveGrows founder Brent Eicher.
"A lot of the children were dehydrated of course because I mean they were getting less than a cup of water a day," says Michelle Wilson.
Brent, Michelle and others on that mission trip quickly realized the children in Mityana needed more help, sustainable help and love grows was born.
The all volunteer organization allows people to sponsor children through its website, LoveGrows.org and develop a bond through letter writing.
"We're able to give 100% of the money that people give us straight to Africa," says Eicher.
Social media has helped this fledgling non-profit grow. It led Alyson Willis and others to join the cause.
"To work day and night for these kids that I never met and then to go over there and actually put the faces to the people that we're helping," says Willis.
"They're just so grateful for everything that they have. The food that they get to eat every day, the three meals, the clothes that they have on their back," says Kristen Venditti.
"They really do feel like you're their parent, they call you mom and dad and now I have two sons in Uganda."
LoveGrows is reaching short term goals like providing over 56,000 meals per month and supplying well water, but Willis says its work spreads beyond the Royal School.
"We named it LoveGrows for a reason. We would love to grow into other countries and grow into families here and into the hearts of eveyone in our community and other communities."