Here at Mzungu Volunteers we can't say how much thankful we are for how interesting 2011 it’s been! When I stood here twelve months ago, I would never have thought that we’d reach this far. We’ve had a phenomenal season but we’ve also had a few anxious moments too – notably when our end of year safari ended with a few (not so serious) injuries to the heart and body but things happen and we all are still alive!
Review of the 2011 year!
From the volunteer experiences earlier in the year, Mzungu developed a new focus which pointed to education and Sustainable developmen. Our recent re-launch that includes extreme and amazing excursions to Uganda’s most highlighted adventure destinations encourages people to travel in a responsible way. This enables the volunteer to have fun and be part of the Ugandan community and make a difference to others.
Projects developed and exist to date
This project was established in late May 2011 and is located in the compound of a community run school with 150 pupils. Volunteers help teach and and take care of these children. In the evenings local's appear at the orphanage to play together. This then brings more fun to everyone and help's strengthen the community. Volunteers have a greater experience where they get to talk to the youngsters directly and learn their stories and share feelings.
- In Jinja we have the EDUCATION CENTER, this is a project existing with challenges where we are working to upgrade the study environment because the current are wooden buildings but still this is a great experience, volunteers live just like the villagers. They experience a real village life experience , teach English, Life skills and other subjects to the kids
from the community. About 30 - 50kids from 5yrs to 15yrs come to the center. Volunteers also have the opportunity to work with the villagers in their farming activities like planting and harvesting of corn, potatoes, cassava and beans so they can learn how farming works here in Uganda. Jinja is known for producing most of the food used in Kampala and other cities around Kampala.
Looking Towards 2012!........
Although we have done fantastically well it’s important to remember that we’ve learnt some valuable lessons. One of the great things about working with us is that there’s always room for improvement, we can all work on doing something just a little better. When everyone does that, the results can be amazing – and if there’s one thing I know about each and every one of you, it’s that there isn’t anyone who wouldn’t give all their time and energy for Mzungu Volunteers.
Thank you and our conclusion
I couldn’t possibly end without saying “thank you” to all our volunteers and to the team who make such a great job to keep us helping the people of Uganda! We really do appreciate all that you do for us – and we couldn’t do without you. I also want to say “thanks” to all of the people of Luteete, Lwanda, Katungu and other villages for turning up and working together with our volunteers.
There’s an old saying that “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” – and it’s an honour and a privilege to be working with people of with the same spirit.
From the President, Kennedy
Edited by Carole Turner , Volunteer Manager
and the Mzungu Team. Uganda