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My heart leaped watching Sarah see the ocean for the first time.
Her childlike wonder reminds me that same excitement exists for each of us every day. Her laughter seems to capture the enormity of the moment. As you watch Sarah make her way to the water, then stand there, it’s as if she realizes for the first time just how vast our world is. It took several minutes before the oceans roar no longer scared her and she mustered the bravery to touch the water.
Sarah is one of the bravest women you will meet. She has been running Ten by Three operations in Uganda for more than a decade. She leads more than 400 women and a staff of five. She does it all with a sixth-grade education. Sarah is tenacious, determined, and committed to changing the lives of women for the better.
Sarah married at the age of fourteen to escape poverty only to find herself pregnant and still trapped in poverty, except now with a child to feed. Twenty years later her path met with Ten by Three. That day changed her life forever. The organization recognized Sarah had something they could not teach: Integrity. For the past decade, she has grown into a leader within the organization. She operates a computer expertly, speaks fluent English, and has helped hundreds of women in the most remote villages in Uganda escape poverty. She has done her work so well that the organization decided to take her to Madagascar to train women there in a new method of weaving. It is on this trip she would see the ocean for the first time in her life.
If you ask Sarah, she will tell you her mantra is “Be patient and keep quiet. You never know what tomorrow will bring.” I trust that mantra will help me to see the world with Sarah’s childlike wonder every day.