A number of Truro School students are currently visiting Uganda to help with various aid projects. Following a series of successful fundraisers, the highlight being a fashion show, the students finally touched down in the capital Kampala this week.
The excursion will see the group represent the school at Bethany High, our partnership school, as well as at the African Hearts Prep School which is linked to our Prep. They will be working on water projects with Voluntary Action for Development (VAD) which is supported by All You Can (formerly known as the Methodist Relief and Development Fund.) They will also work alongside charities working with “street children” in Kampala. This is not a typical holiday but their R and R is a trip to Murchison Falls, a water safari and a game drive.
Throughout their journey Sixth Form student Nathaniel will be sending over a number of blogs to describe the action.
After a very late night, due to a delayed flight from Heathrow, we were allowed a lie in and had a late breakfast. On the route into the city we were greeted by the chants of ‘Muzungu!’ We spent lunch in Ugandan Nandos where we split the 250,000 shilling bill!
In the afternoon we walked through an extremely busy Kampala city centre, picking up a few essentials on the way back. A cooked tea was provided by the Namirembe guest house, followed by the group setting out to prepare sandwiches for tomorrow.
Yesterday was an early start for the group, waking up at 6:30! We departed in the morning to Ssenge, which was just 30 minutes away. We spent the majority of the day at African Hearts Junior School. Helping the school re-paint the walkways, whilst also getting to know the friendly pupils. Though they were adorable, they did manage to steal everyone’s hats and glass, which led to some serious chases.
After this we visited the home for street kids in rehabilitation. After witnessing the eye opening conditions that these children live and grow up in, we are amazed to how they remain so happy and friendly, and now release how lucky we all are. Tonight we’ve had another meal at Namarime guest house including goat – another first! Now for an early night ready for VAD construction work tomorrow.