Here we will again report what our team experienced on our trip from 18 October 2019 to 30 November 2019, which tasks we had in Uganda and how your donations were used. What is new this year is that this time the diary will not only be written by one person, but that every traveler will report from his perspective. We wish you a lot of fun reading.
6 November 2019 (Léa):
Today was our last day at Kamuli. We started the day by participating to physical education class with children and teachers. After a sporty morning with the children and staff we learnt about traditional houses in Uganda by crafting clay houses with the kids. We ended our stay with a volleyball game against the teachers and staff at Kamuli. Unfortunately it was then time for us to say goodbye to all.
5 November 2019 (Léa):
Today we helped at the farm in the banana plantations. They dug the ground to remove the weeds, and then cut the rotten banana leaves. After this we taught a bit of French to the youngest pupils. After lunch it was time for the French volunteers to teach to the oldest some French words, show some traditional dances and sang to the children and teachers. We ended the day playing with the children of Sonrise.
After a long flight we finally arrived at Entebbe airport at 4 am on Tuesday morning. At the stopover in Kigali everyone had to take their hand luggage and check if nobody had smuggled anything in the meantime. So sleeping was out of the question.
Fortunately everything worked out with our suitcases and Richard was ready to pick us up. Since our eyes kept falling on us during the trip, we were probably not too talkative co-drivers. Thanks to the early hour we arrived at the guesthouse after about 2 hours. Guard is no longer Mukasa, but Johnson. In the house Catherine waited for us and showed us our beds. Finally rest! But before that we had a quick cold shower! ( have found the switch for warm water only later). We lay down for an hour and then breakfast was ready. After breakfast Johnson accompanied us to the Baby Home. On the way we already met most of the babies with three Aunties on a walk. The children approached us directly and wanted to be hugged or cuddled. There was no fear of contact 🙂 But first we went to Auntie Peace and looked after the smaller babies. Nadja got Lydia on the arm and I Mary. Together we went back to the group and played a bit together. When we had lunch it looked like a bomb had hit us. So all the children bathe and wipe the terrace. After the bath, the babies needed new clothes before they went into their well-deserved nap. We washed the dishes and sorted the beans with Fina and her children Jeremiah and Abigail. Then we went back to the guesthouse to get some sleep. After dinner we unpacked the donation boxes.
4 November 2019 (Léa):
For the second day in Kamuli, we were welcomed by the children during a welcome ceremony. After it, there was time to help for courses. Program: cutting the vegetables, sorting the beans and washing the dishes. We also helped the teachers to give the breakfast porridge and lunch to the children. After a good meal, we went for a walk in the sugar cane field for visiting the elderly of the community. Back at school we finished the day spending time and playing with the children.
In the early morning Nadja and Jana are now also on their way to Uganda.
3 November 2019 (Léa):
Today we drove to Kamuli for a new adventure at the Children’s Home. When we arrived at the home we helped to prepare the dinner for the children, supervised by the aunties. After helping the aunties and children to craft palm baskets, we went to play with the children.
2 November 2019 (Léa):
Today we went to Mirembe School and Cottage. When we arrived we helped to handcraft some cards. Then we enjoyed watching the children at school who were dancing. After school the children from the Cottage came back home and they could enjoy the game prepared by us the previous night: a scavenger hunt! They had to find some piece of paper hiden in the house, to discover letters that will create the name of the movie that they watched at night: Lion King. After the movie, a good dinner and dancing it was time to go to bed.
1 November 2019 (Léa):
Today we spend the day at Baby Home. In the morning we went for a walk with the babies and the aunties to the cows. After the meal of the babies and during their nap time, we went back to the guest house to sort out the donations. In the afternoon we went back to Baby Home to play in the garden. After having the dinner to the youngest one, and stayed with the other for their meal it was time for us to go back to the guest house. After dinner we prepared the activity of the next day in Mirembe. To be continued tomorrow to discover which activity it is.
31 October 2019 (Heidi):
Today it is five new volunteers that arrived to Jinja. After a well deserved nap, we headed to Baby Home to get to know the little ones. Later on, we celebrated Halloween with the Mirembe girls.
The girls had their Halloween party at Mirembe today. After trying on costumes and getting their faces painted, they were divided into groups of four and participated in fun games for candy! Afterwards the group watched “Hotel Transylvania” together and had a good time!
30 October 2019 (Heidi):
Today we are driving back from Gorilla Tracking and Safari. A very long journey after an amazing experience.
In the meantime more volunteers are on their way to Uganda, while the first ones unfortunately have to leave again. Welcome to Uganda Camille, Julie, Lea, Florian and Pierre. Bye bye to Wafa, Charline, Francesca, Miriam, Zuzana, Petra and Eszter.
29 October 2019 (Paul)
Today I went into town together with Derrick and Moses to buy decorations and costumes for the upcoming Halloween Party at the Mirembe School this Thursday. After having gathered everything from candy to face paint, we went back to the guest house and carved some jack-o-laterns and made the ghost costumes. We had a lot of fun and are looking forward to the 31st of October.
Early in the morning we get a photo from Alex, who is the travel guide for the gorilla tracking. The group is getting ready for the big adventure.
And here are some photos of the successful gorilla tracking and also of the safari:
28 October 2019 (Gabi)
Almost the complete team set out on new adventures in Uganda today. Charline and Wafa travel to Murchison Falls National Park and hope to catch a glimpse of the Big Five. Heidi, Zuzana, Miriam, Francesca, Petra and Eszter are on their way to the rainforest to participate in a gorilla tracking. Paul stays the three days in Jinja.
27 October 2019 (Heidi)
Today the volunteers spent the whole day with the Mirembe girls for their last day in Jinja. First at church in Wakikoola. Followed by an afternoon at the pool. To finish we all shared a nice dinner together.
26 October 2019 (Petra)
Today we wanted to do something special with the children of the Baby Home so we took them for a walk to the Nile. It started raining, but we had a quick snack break to light up the mood again 🙂 At night we had dinner and watched the beautiful sunset at the Nile river together.
25 October 2019 (Eszter)
Brenda, Alice, all teachers and the aunties are giving this place such a deep soul and provide the children an environment which is opening up possibilities for them for a brighter future. Time to say goodbye after some fun celebrating teacher’s birthdays, playing volleyball and participating at physical education – back to Jinja in the evening. We will always keep these wonderful people in our heart. P.S. Today’s pics are taken by the kids.
24 October 2019 (Miriam)
Today the team was having an intense and dirty day doing farmers work 🙂 We started early in the morning with taking out the goats, were taught how banana plantage works and helped to remove the weeds. During mid-day we pealed the potatoes for the kids lunch. Since hard work pays off we were served with great local snacks and food during the day and enjoyed again a lovely afternoon playing and dancing with the kids. The day ended with a perfect Spaghetti Bolognese for dinner.
23 October 2019 (Charline)
Today we took the van to go to the school in Kamuli, where both community and Sonrise Children Home study. The road was bumpy, but full of amazing landscapes. We had a memorable welcoming from the kids and teachers, from nice words to impressive dancing moves. After helping with the lunch service, we have been to the homes and enjoy the afternoon with all the kids playing around, colouring, reading books, teaching, meditation….. This was an intense and emotional day!
22 October 2019 (Wafa)
Today was filled with emotions and excitement. Our volunteers started out the day by visiting the Baby Home and gave out part of the donations brought from Germany. The smile on everyone’s face was contagious. Babies, caregivers and volunteers shared an emotional moment and created a very strong bond. The volunteers headed to the Mirembe school to take part at the lessons of the day. Divided per class, they each got to spend time with the children at school and participated in the teaching. Once school ended, our volunteers headed to the Mirembe Cottage to spend time with the girls. Today’s activity was creating jewellery from paper beads. Each got to choose and make their own with the help of the girls. They then ended the day by a trip to Jinja to taste the local delicacies, such as famous Chicken on a stick, Chapati and Rolex. A great way to relax and spend some time together.
21 October 2019 (Heidi)
Today was a very special day. The volunteers were able to visit the Mirembe school and meet 400 students. First time for me too as I usually travelled to Uganda during the Christmas break. Emotions, sharing about our cultures. We danced, we sang, we cried while going from one classroom to the other. It was an intensive morning, leading to a equally exciting afternoon. We headed up to Jinja where we visited the market and bought some souvenirs. The evening was no lesser as we decided to have separate grils night and boys night. While the boys where watching football, the ladies were dancing and sharing secrets.
20 October 2019 (Paul)
Today we went to the Baby Home again and experienced our first church session with them. It is so different to what I am used from Europe as there is way more singing and dancing involved and the atmosphere is generally festive. After a short breat at our guest house we visited the Mirembe Nursery and Primary School, where the girls welcomed us with open arms. We played a lot of games and made some good friends.
19 October 2019 (Heidi)
After a long journey we arrived safe and sound at Entebbe airport. As we landed very early in the morning we managed to escape the big traffic jam in Kampala. First we all had a big nap in the morning followed by a nice breakfast with fresh fruits. Our afternoon began by sorting out the donation suitcases. Then we headed to Baby Home for some very well deserved cuddles.
18 October 2019 (Gabi)
The long wait has finally come to an end. Today the first ones are travelling to Uganda to help the Sonrise Ministries wherever their help is needed. With a heavy heart I say goodbye at Duesseldorf Airport to seven of the team members leaving today (1st picture from left to right: Petra, Eszter, Wafa, Zuzana, Gabi, Charline, Heidi, Paul). Fra (2nd picture) starts from Milan. The group then meets in Istanbul to continue their journey together to Entebbe. Miriam traveled later from Düsseldorf to Entebbe (3rd picture). Thus the first nine participants of our team trip are complete. It’s hard for me not to be there this year for the first time. But I am sure that our team leaders Heidi, Nadja and Sarah will represent me worthily.