International Work Working In Africa Uganda Visit 2007

Uganda visit 2007

A group of schoolchildren, all dressed in green uniforms, taking part in a welcoming celebration at Mugungulu school
Welcoming celebration at Mugungulu school

This was the fourth visit to Uganda by Vesper members since we first met Elijah Kyamuwendo from the Kulika charity in the '90s. A party of five spent time in Jinja, Kampala and Mubende visiting projects and renewing friendships with Elijah and his colleagues, as well as meeting members of several Rotary clubs. The greater part of our trip was spent at Mubende, a town some 100 miles west of Kampala which has been the centre of our past work in Uganda.

The visit achieved several objectives:

Rotarian Andrew Bartholomew teaching farmer trainers at a training centre in Kulika
Andrew teaching farmer trainers at Kulika's training centre

We visited other projects that we and other Rotary clubs have supported in the past, including:

School children, many of them in bright yellow uniforms, in their classroom at Champona school
Champona school - furniture funded by Vesper and Didcot Girls
With the brick work largely finished, workers begin constructing the roof on new classrooms at Kakenzie school
Kakenzie school - new classrooms being built
Two members of Abingdon Vesper Rotary club inspect the village well in Mubende
Mubende well

We came away full of ideas for further projects and will be bringing proposals on these to the club over the months ahead, when we will also be talking to other clubs including Breda and Roma, as well as representatives of District 1090, to see how we can work together to deliver these.