Dec 08, 2017
Synthia Sweere
Embrace Uganda

PoC Neil Woodcock

Synthia Sweere was raised in Atlanta, Ga but moved to North Carolina nearly 30 years ago when she married her husband Peter, whom she met while serving in Korea in the U.S. Army.  She is a graduate of NC State University and has a Masters of Science from UNC Chapel Hill in Speech Language Pathology. She has worked with adults in the Home Health setting for the last 15 years. Synthia enjoys crafting, playing pickleball and traveling both in the U.S. and abroad as well as spending time with her children, one of which lives and works in Raleigh and the other while at home on breaks from The Citadel in South Carolina. Synthia has had the great fortune of traveling to Uganda on a mission trip and has been on the Executive Board of Directors for Embrace Uganda for over three years.

Founded by Dr. Dirk and Paige Hamp, Embrace Uganda grew out of their love for their adopted daughter's home and for the orphans and other vulnerable children that lived in her village. Since the Fall of 2007, this non-profit, 100% volunteer organization has focused on providing clean water wells, medical assistance and educational support and scholarships.  Along with its Ugandan partners, Embrace Uganda has constructed a new home for an orphanage and a fully functioning medical clinic. Finished the existing Vocational School, made improvements to a public school in the area, and supported clean water initiatives and self-sustaining agricultural projects. Also because of the work of Embrace Uganda, a primary school that previously met under a mango tree now has clean drinking water, a large school building, funding for additional teachers, and proper sanitation. We continue to assess how Embrace Uganda can contribute to these impoverished areas and is committed to long-term, meaningful relationships in these communities. Continually, seeking better educational opportunities for children, quality health care, and sustainable economic development - all in conjunction with our Ugandan friends and partners. Our mission is nothing less than to encourage and empower a generation of orphans, one village at a time.