Our Orutindo Project Volunteer’s Experience, 2015
Nice to Meet You Uganda
I placed this picture on my dream board many years after I had made the decision to one day visit Africa, and only a few years before I finally did.
Meeting Joseline and Tomas in December of 2014 completely changed my view of what it meant to travel to Africa, Uganda. With their enthusiasm and love for Uganda and its people, they helped me to realize that my childhood dream would actually come true, and that it would not be as scary as I once thought it would be.
When you travel throughout the country you´ll understand why Winston Churchill called this place “Pearl of Africa”.It’s an indescribable feeling walking among rhinos and standing face to face with giraffes, or going down the river Nile watching elephants, hippos, crocodiles and other species in their wild home.
After a week of traveling throughout Uganda I was welcomed by hills of a land full of milk and honey. These are the hills that separate southern part of Uganda from Rwanda – the same hills that filled my dreams half a year before I visited them in reality.
Thanks to hospitality of fathers from Franciscan parish in Rushooka, I was living as a queen compared to the conditions in which most of the villagers live every day.
During my stay I visited local primary school. There I observed classrooms where over 60 children learned from a single teacher. I saw how the children are taught discipline, and how they spend long, exhausting days at school. But I was also very touched by how they sing and dance so naturally in their traditions.
One of the strongest moments that is imprinted in my memory happened when I was teaching. I had to explain to the children how to color with paint and a brush because they had never seen something like that in their life. Big thanks to my family and friends who donated colors, brushes, colored pencils, coloring books and papers.
1.Nkamushaba Anthony nursery from Rushooka, 4 years and lives at the moment with Grandmother.
2.Sasirabo mathias p1 Rwamirindi, 9 years and at the moment lives with his brother.
3.Niwahereza justus P1 kijubwe, 8 years and lives at the moment with the Grandparents.
4.Kemirembe Doreen P3 Rwahi, female 15 years and lives at the moment with the Grandmother.
5.Mbabazi Abigail p3 Rwamirindi, Female 8 years and at the moment lives with Grandmother.
6.Ayebare Desire p3 Kijubwe, Female 9 years and lives at the moment with Grandmother.
7.Amunkwase Gidion p3 Rushooka, Male 10 years and lives with Grandmother at the moment.
8.Arinaitwe Felix p3 Ruhega, M 10 years and lives at the moment with Grandmother.
9.Natukunda patricia p4 kijubwe, Female 9 years and lives at the moment with the Grandmother.
10. Ainembabazi Leticia is in Nursery, Female 4 years and lives at the moment with Grandmother..
we welcome you kids to Orutindo family and we will try our best to make you happy with us. Thanks everyone who is helping us to make miracles happen.
We are happy to announce that this year, we again got full sponsorship from one of orutindo friends for one more child. full sponsorship means a child to stay in school and have access to light, food, water and extra time to study. All children in africa dream of this, to stay in school where they are safe, sure that they have food, light and extra free time to study. Thanks to everyone who helps and try to make the orutindo dreams come true. greetings.
Lots of greetings to you all.
we would like to remind the Orutindo friends that this month of january 2015, the Orutindo kids begin school. so please you are all reminded who are paying school fees to some children, that it is time to pay to enable the administrators arrange the requirements needed to be in school. Those who have a desire to help someone, it is not too late or it is never too late, you can still do so any time you feel like. Thanks alot and God bless you.
we already have some people interested in volunteering at orutindo for this year and we still need more, please if you would like to volunteer at orutindo, you are very welcome, write us your questions, your interests , expectations and what you would like to share with us at our project. welcome