A Dedication: to those who love what grows

Written by: Jacqueline Tiwonge Nkhonjera
Date Posted: November 6, 2020

A poem on behalf of The Colorado Children’s Campaign staff


in the name of  

the gardener 

who tends to seedlings  

before there is fruit to bare  


in the name of 

the chef  

who honors the growth of the body 

from diapers and child care 


in the name of 

the mother  

whose hands give life to all that lives  


and to the fighter 

who gifts the living a future;  

a future that gives. 


in the name of 

the joke telling father  

whose love language is teaching joy  

and resilience… in the awkward spaces between laughs  


in the name of 

the advocate  

whose comforting voice  

calls our youth to their desired paths 


in the name of 

the people  

who care for the ones yet to grow 

the ones yet to grow 


in the name of the voter  

we thank you  


we thank you  

for a commitment to children that shows 


we thank you for your light  

a light that shone through the seals of your envelopes  


we thank you for your hope  

you inspire us more than you will ever know 

Jacqueline Tiwonge Nkhonjera

About Jacqueline Tiwonge Nkhonjera

Jacqueline Nkhonjera is the Communications and Advocacy Fellow for the Colorado Children’s Campaign. In this role, she supports strategic advocacy and communications tactics. This includes digital and print communications as well as community outreach and engagement. Before coming to the Children’s Campaign, Jacqueline worked as a public policy fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Colorado, and as a journalist at the National Public Radio (NPR) Education Desk. She graduated from Colorado College in May of 2020 with a degree in Political Science.