|Where we stayed in Kibuye village|
What am I doing here?
Due to a lack of volunteers/manpower at this point in time, we had to work on several projects cooperatively. We mobilized for and conducted HIV education cum family planning sessions, adult literacy classes and beads- and necklaces-making sessions. We will also begin working on a new project to sensitize villagers about the importance of education in both boys and girls.
Kibuye is a sparsely distributed village, so mobilization by foot really takes time! Still, my experience at the village has been great. We could pick mangoes off trees any time and we made friends with hospitable villagers. Children waved frantically and screamed “Jambo” so much that it could bring smiles to our faces regardless of how exhausted we felt.
|Funny faces from the children in Kibuye|
And when I'm not in Kibuye?
When I’m not in the village, I visit the Babies’ Home. The babies here are really cute and huggable! Sweet boys like John, Joshua and Reagan. Lovely girls like Stella. I must say I’m not good with kids, but these babies here are really an independent and amazing lot!
All plain sailing?
Admittedly, it was not easy to assimilate initially as I had to figure out which of the differences are due to culture and which are due to individual personalities. Nonetheless, the challenge and experience made it all worthwhile so far. I guess this is also common to working in a country so different from your own.
|The Arise and Shine school in Kibuye|
What will I take away?
Overall, although I understand that my time with Arise and Shine will be too short to witness substantial changes in the programmes I’m working with (as sustainable development by its very definition takes time to achieve!), I hope that I can make at least a little difference before departing this beautiful country.
P.S. Ugandan food is awesome! :P