Today, 30 years later, Hulene and Michael can still hear the cowbells jangling and women singing in rhythm, their hoes dragging across the dry earth. In 1985, having been raised in a strong tradition of service and worked in social justice, the couple spent two years in Botswana as Cuso International volunteers.
Hulene and Michael’s project was to help a local organization build and run a sweater factory staffed with local young mothers raising children on their own. It was a true partnership between locals and volunteers. It empowered the women to improve their lives, and to afford food and medicine for their children; some even got bicycles!
Their 12 year-old daughter, Heather, went to school there – and she learned as much outside the classroom as inside. She learned how to make bricks to build a house. And how sometimes our close friends may not have enough money for school fees or medicine.
When it came time to write their Will, Hulene and Michael chose Cuso International to carry out their legacy with compassion. They’ve never lost the sense of connection with the organization. It remains a part of who they are. Like family.