By Jenny Lind Conlee
Back in September 2016, I shared with you about Katie Frazer – and 8 year old girl with a big heart to change the world. Katie was on a mission to raise $24,000 for Village of Hope to build another home for children. Katie was told she could name the house, and she named it Compassion – so that the children there would live in compassion. A profound thought from this fiery, redheaded girl.
Her family nor I imagined this story would grab attention of our local KGW and KATU channels. The story spread like wildfire though social media as well. Katie was at $8,000 when the article was printed. Then just after Thanksgiving, Katie reached her goal! Her church honored her and her brother Zachary and presented them with a check for the remaining $5,000 she needed.
People continue to give in support of Katie’s efforts for Village of Hope Uganda through donations and purchases of hand made goods and beaded jewlery in her store at home. So much so, in fact, that funds have begun to add up to build an additional home! Katie has named this one Protection house.
Katie is too young right now to fully grasp what these kids in Uganda are being rescued from; sex slavery and child soldiers. Yet she possesses a compassion beyond her years. As someone thirty years her senior, I continue to be in awe of her and her family. Additionally, I am amazed at the kindness of strangers; people who responded to her story and gave. If you are inspired to help out with the Protection house – visit villageofhopeuganda.com.
Jenny Lind Conlee is the wife of a Tualatin pastor, mom of twin boys, actor, singer, comedian and lover of donuts. You can follow her on Twitter @jennylindconlee or on her blog: thefivestages.wordpress.com.