The Journey Begins
Seven Glocal LifeLearn members went to Uganda for two weeks in August 2016. We started our journeys from five different places in Europe and met in Kampala, the capital of Uganda. We hired a small van and thanks to Joseph, the best driver of the world, we safely arrived in Bukedea. Bukedea is situated around 235 km northeast of Kampala. In Bukedea, we visited the Bukedea Lifeline Schools, our local partners, and had an unforgettable week.
Bukedea lifeline schools
The Bukedea Lifeline Schools were founded in 2003 and consist of a primary as well as a secondary school. The schools have developed a lot since our last visit in 2012. New classrooms for the secondary school have been built and the boarding school now includes a boy’s dormitory. The Bukedea Primary School successfully resettled into a new building complex, right next to the secondary school. At the moment, around 2000 students are going to the Bukedea Lifeline Schools.
Lifeline Primary School Kachumbala
Approximately 20 km south of Bukedea town, a new Lifeline primary school opened and has been operating since 2014. We had the chance to visit the newly founded school. We received a welcome that we will never forget - the entire school picked us up half a kilometer down the road and we became part of a parade going towards the school. There are currently 207 students attending the Lifeline Primary School Kachumbala.
Currently, 26 children are supported by the sponsorship programme Lifeline Uganda. We visited the families of 18 sponsored children. We engaged with the kids’ guardians and explained the structure of the sponsorship programme. We encouraged them to continue supporting their children to perform well in school and to collaborate closely with the schools. Most households live in poor conditions and are thankful to be released from the financial burden of paying school fees for one of their children.
Meeting the Sponsored children
One morning, our group had the chance to meet the 26 children currently supported by the sponsorship programme. We introduced ourselves, explained what the sponsorship programme is and distributed personal letters from some sponsors. We formed groups of 4-5 students and one Glocal LifeLearn member to better interact with the students. We learnt a lot about the childrens’ career wishes, their favourite animals and about their daily lives.