As well as getting a feel for life in Kampala, the group were given safety and safeguarding instructions before heading to the region where they would meet their children.
A special welcome
The group’s first community visit was to a school where they were greeted by children shouting and waving. Olivia recalls, “Set against a backdrop of lush mountainous vegetation, the sun beating down, the children’s beaming smiles and the sound of the drums beating, it was hard to believe the suffering this school had seen before the help of charities such as World Vision.” (For the past two decades the community has been recovering from the effects of a brutal war.)
Ruth shares, “There is no way that I can convey the atmosphere. I don’t think there was a single one of us that didn’t have tears in our eyes as we were surrounded by hundreds of smiling faces.”
At the school, the children sang songs celebrating the transformation and impact World Vision has had on their wellbeing.
Especially celebrated was the WASH Club (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) and the addition of running water and latrines. Clean water and an understanding of good hygiene practice have significantly reduced the risk of disease, allowing the school to focus on education. Because of this, they have doubled their numbers.
In fact, while the group was visiting, the District Chief Education Officer announced that the school was going to be recognised as a model school, meaning more resources and the ability to direct their own development and future.
Ruth says, “It was made very clear to us that this has come about as a result of the partnership working with World Vision to develop the school’s infrastructure.”