By helping to build and restore the Almond Secondary School in Lira, you will witness the result of your volunteer efforts immediately.
With the guidance of an experienced teacher you will implement Kirabo’s leadership workshop – a program that empowers the students of Almond to creatively and intelligently engage in their future. By working with the children at Lira and Kampala Kids Days and the Almond School, you will gain insight into the lives of Uganda’s poorest. This experience will no doubt inspire and encourage you to further bolster your commitment to change. Moreover, after touring the Rachele Secondary School, you will be moved to educate others about the issues facing Northern Ugandans.
Northern Uganda has endured years of war and is the most impoverished of all the regions. For 20 years, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) terrorized the lives of millions by raping, torturing and killing innocent people. At one point, almost 2 million people alone had been forced to escape this terror by living in internally displaced camps. Now with peace the people are in need of assistance to rebuild.
Almond Secondary School
Has provided secondary education to disadvantaged youth living in Northern Uganda since 1995. The school educates and boards over 400 children each year, many of whom are orphans and all of whom have been affected by war and poverty.
Rachele Secondary School
Formally a rehabilitation centre for child soldiers where it rehabilitated and reintegrated thousands of children who escaped or were rescued from the LRA. It is now a school for these same children and others living in the area. Our visit will provide a better understanding of how these children were affected by these senseless acts of cruelty and how their lives have changed for the better.
Kampala and Lira Kids Days
A yearly event where the children of Kampala’s and Lira’s poorest districts get the chance to play games, construct crafts and be entertained by local musicians, and in doing so learn of cooperation and enhancing one’s self-esteem. For many of these children, it is the first time that they have ever experienced a fun-filled day that so many North American children take for granted.
Beauty and Adventure
The Pearl of Africa
From the moment you land in Entebbe, with its breathtaking equatorial location on the forested shore of island-strewn Lake Victoria, it is clear that Uganda is no ordinary destination.
Uganda is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It is where the East African savannah meets the West African jungle and where simple mud homes, open air markets and children in brightly coloured uniforms line the roadways.
If you desire you can choose to take an OPTIONAL trip to the Nile River and there experience it as you please. Either peacefully kayak, daringly raft, or speedily bike along the world famous Nile. Whatever way you choose it will be an experience of a lifetime.
What would Africa be without its people? They are the backbone and spirit of this beautiful continent. Meet these wonderful people and be open to life-changing stories, while making new friends and going beneath the surface to see what Uganda is truly about.
Experience the vibrant cultural life of Kampala, in all its chaos and colour.
Be inspired by the energy and skill of the Ndere Dance Troupe; dance to the traditional and modern beats of Uganda’s foremost musicians; and then grab a drink at the outside bars and pork joints which characterize Kampala. Wake up the next day and shop in Owino Market – an experience you have to witness to believe.
In Lira, you will be given the opportunity to meet local people and see the true face of Uganda. You will hear the stories of this country rich in history, told by the people who have lived it. You will tour the city on the back of a boda boda (bicycle). You will get to experience first hand an area where people have suffered, and you will play a part in restoring hope to those who need it the most.