Burkhard’s reasoning behind the construction project was simple. First of all, it enabled him to provide a number of people with meaningful employment. Secondly, it was designed to serve as a reference project to help his pen-friend to become self-employed (which it eventually did). Thirdly, Burkhard was planning to transfer the land and the housing into a charitable organisation which he intended to create, and which would help future generations of needy Ugandan children. While construction work was going on, he duly founded the “Kids of Africa” charity in Switzerland and in Uganda, to which he later added more land and houses. Soon afterwards, the children’s village was opened, with committed foster mothers and a healthy dose of idealism and enthusiasm. All of this, and more, shows how it was that an unexpected letter turned into a village for a hundred orphans.
The unique story behind Kids of Africa illustrates how anyone can throw a stone into the water and create ripples that go much farther. How far they go, we cannot say, but if you do not throw the stone or wonder what might happen, you might be missing out on a chance to make the world just that little bit better!