Melanie volunteered at Upendo for 4 months and fell in love with the children she met.
Melanie began hosting annual fundraisers to help fund Upendo operations.
Melanie volunteered for the Global Diabetes Initiative in Uganda.
While in Uganda she met Deo Kagimu, the founder of Good Hope Initiative. The first time they met was when she went to distribute mosquito nets. She met a little girl, Evelyn, who needed surgery. Melanie and Deo worked together to get Evelyn the medical treatment she needed. During that time Melanie pledged to continue to help the children of Good Hope.
In 2011, Melanie, Melissa and Trish visited Upendo and the Good Hope Initiative together for the first time.
From this trip, EACH was born! EACH was incorporated in the state of New York in November of 2011 and earned federal 501c3 official tax-exempt charity status the following January.
In 2013, Melissa and Melanie returned to check on the progress since 2011.
Since their last visit, the construction of a new permanent classroom at GHI had begun and permanent bathrooms for the students were completed.