Keep tabs on what the HELP volunteers are doing in Lugazi, Uganda during Summer 2010!
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
4 weeks in Lugazi!
It is hard to believe that we have now been in Lugazi for 4 weeks! Our team has really pulled together to begin recognizing needs and creating projects to begin to fulfill them. We have been so grateful to the many Ugandan partners for their kindness and the help they have given. They have invited us onto many of their projects as well as aided us in ours.
Last week, we were invited by chairman Livingston to go on an outreach into some rural villages and help in HIV/AIDS screening and lessons, filling perscriptions, agriculture, as well as many other things. We had it divided into two days so half our team went on Tuesday and the other half on Wednesday. Although it was a bumpy ride to get there, it was an incredible experience and the scenery was absolutely beautiful. It was different than being in Lugazi because most of the people from the villages did not speak English. But between our beginning Lugandan phrases and the help of a translator, it was a sucess.
One thing we have began to realize since we have been here is that there are many people already here in Uganda that are doing so much to help their community and it has been a pleasure so far to work with them. From the outreach, we were able to gain a greater knowledge of HIV/AIDS awareness as well a better understanding of its' impact here in Uganda.
Another area of work that volunteers here have been invollved with is teacher training. So far it has been a great success. The first session was on classroom management and the different student learning styles. The teachers were so interested in how they could make their lessons more interesting and creative. We went around the room and talked about our own personal learning styles and also discussed how to make a geography lesson that includes the seven different styles. I am so impressed with the educators here. They have so little resources to teach yet they are so positive and do so much good. The students here are extremely well behaved and are very intelligent. It's been a pleasure to work with the administrators and teachers.
Thanks for all the support back home! This is Ashley and Katelynn signing off. Welaba!
Every year, HELP International volunteers are trained, prepared and sent out to live in a foreign country where they learn about local responses to poverty and help support locally run organizations and initiatives. It's a philosophy based on self-determination, development and empowerment that training a new generation to live in world void of poverty.