"He told us what life is like over there," he said. "We just learned aboiut how bad the children have it, how little of the tools they have for education and how eager they are to learn."
The relationship with Kalule began not only the Engeye Medical Clinic, but also the scholars program, which Hickey and Sara Weinman are involved in. It first started when Nabukenya went back to Uganda and send her to a boarding school after finding others to help chip in and raise $1,000 a year for her tuition, according to Elaine Hickey.
"When John got back he indentified other kids that needed help," she said. "Brian put the web site together and when he did that, he got even more intrigued."
Sara Weinman had the opportunity to go over to Uganda in February and was able to teach some of the students, she shared her experience with Hickey.
"Once Sara shared her experiences with me, it definitely had me wanting to go over," he said.
Hickey said he has been to a few countries in Latin America, but this will be his first trip that is not meant to be a vacation and more of a mission trip. He currently works at Fleet feet where he will be using the money he makes there to pay for half of his trip while his parents will put forth the other half. He has also been using that money to sponsor a child named Bena, who he will be able to meet while he is over there.
"It gives me more of that direct connection," he said.
Elaine Hickey said her son has always been interested in giving back to those in need. She said he has organized donations for soccer equipment for those less fortunate in the past and said that sort of thing makes her happy.