Growing up with six siblings, Anthony Faulkner recalls the many times people helped his family survive another day. Feeling blessed to have come through those challenging days, he has vowed to make a difference in people’s lives – especially kids’.
He believes that if you can influence a child to see beyond their circumstances and give them hope, the odds will change drastically. He believes this because it happened to him when he was nine. His musical guardian angel, Angela Winbush, introduced him to music and it changed the course of his life forever.
International recording artist, Anthony Faulkner, is no stranger to Africa and has visited more than two dozen times. Some of his prior orphanage visits include Sanyu’s Babies’ Home and Agapé House Children’s Home. His most recent trip to Africa took him to Uganda, East Africa, where he made two visits to a village in Kampala. The village is supported by the Aliguma Foundation and operates strictly on donations. Upon arrival, Anthony and the team were greeted with tribal dances and victory chants. With a huge smile on their faces they felt at home.
Compassion and love filled Anthony’s heart, as he spent the prior day shopping for supplies to take to the village. As the founder of The Faulkner Foundation, Anthony’s mission was to help support daily life in the village.
Walking down the aisle in the store, he sang his song, ‘I trust You’. Smiles abounded as Anthony Faulkner and the welcoming villagers exchanged pleasantries. The UBC Television and Radio Network had assisted in setting up the visit, and once it had been confirmed, a few journalists heard that Anthony Faulkner was coming over and were interested in giving exposure to the Aliguma Foundation. Songs were sung and traditional greetings were given to Anthony Faulkner and the crew when they arrived, and after the dances, they asked Anthony Faulkner and Calvin Calvo (of UBC) to say a few words.
The following day Anthony returned to the village without the camera crews. He had a special surprise for the kids and couldn’t wait to share it. American author, Dr Ollie Wheeler III, had donated copies of his children’s book, ’So Many Rules’, and Anthony’s surprise was to read it to the kids, and to pass out some copies. The children were so excited they immediately began re-reading the book in their native language to the kids who couldn’t read. “It was so touching, and made my heart smile,” recalls Anthony.
The need for support may come in many forms. Material donations are always welcome, however another way to give is to show up and give of your time. Your smile and kind words can go a very long way for someone who needs to experience human interaction. Tomorrow is not promised, so encourage someone today.
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