About Team LEE
Team LEE is a group of volunteers who are committed to serving others. We are motivated to share our time, hearts, and finances in order to improve the lives of others. Our current focus is providing support to the slums and villages of Uganda, where the level of poverty is almost incomprehensible. Here, it is a daily battle for survival. An absence of love permeates the air; smiles are rare, and so is the gift of compassionate, human touch.
The Founder's Story
2016 was the beginning of the rest, and the best, of my life...
God opened my eyes and my heart to people living in extreme poverty in Uganda. During a 16-day trip, I saw poverty, hopelessness, starvation, abuse, corruption, distortion of God's Word, and an absence of love between mother and child. I met many men, women, and children who forever changed me. The language barrier disappeared as their eyes revealed much pain and horror. Walks through the slums were emotionally overwhelming- kicking trash along the way, carefully avoiding raw sewage, and witnessing thousands of women and children miserably existing in tiny shacks. All of the time spent viewing documentaries on the National Geographic channel did not prepare me for this. Experiencing this level of poverty first-hand created a new reality for me. It was the hardest two weeks of my life; yet, it was also - somehow- the best days I ever experienced.
Early in the trip I knew I would return to America and identify methods for helping these people. I could not return home and pretend that my eyes did not see, that my ears did not hear, and that my heart did not feel. While I am not considered wealthy, by American standards, I found a new meaning to "wealthy" during my time in Uganda; I have more than I need, and I will work harder and I will share more.
Admittedly, I am new to this type of large scale volunteer work, and I am learning every day. I am very fortunate to have friends and family who support me, and I am honored that God is entrusting me to do this work. As a novice, I will make mistakes as I plunge into many unknowns, but I am committed to performing this work with honesty, integrity, and compassion. I will respect every dollar that God provides as a divine gift - the money is His, and I am responsible for using it as it is intended. The Honor and Glory is HIS. As of December 15, 2017 Team Lee is registered as a non-profit, charity organization in the US.
Team LEE Founder, Ashley Fuller
A special thanks is extended to my loving parents for teaching me how to love with a heart that overflows; it sees not language barriers, cultural differences, or geographical boundaries. Love and kindness are free; I will share them, just as you taught me and just as HE taught us.