Helen: Camping, dancing, drumming, campfire, teaching more little children, parachute games, stories round the campfire……and now packing ready to fly home tomorrow.
See you soon everyone and thank you for being such amazing supporters of this wonderful team. Treat them gently on their return – they’ve all got lots going on inside that needs processing, and it’ll take time. But with the love that you’ve all shown through the comments whilst we’ve been away, I know that you already understand that. Happy reunions, and thanks again for letting me bring your loved ones to this pearl of Africa.
Have a good summer
And now over to the team:
Alice: over the past week I have experienced a lot. Meeting children who can’t go to school and doing the home visit have changed my perspective of things. Now I have realised how much I actually have. I am happy with the positive impact we have had on the children in the past week.
Chris: the last week has been life-changing. From the strong bonds formed with the Acholi children as we taught them and then had to say goodbye. In addition, I felt incredibly welcomed by the Acholi ladies and the wider community, including allowing us into their homes. I think we’ve all started to reassess what is important in life and I have begun to consider the impact of this visit on my life. I have also been unbelievably proud of the young people of DACA and I have been inspired by their resilience, determination, good humour and energy.
Courtney: overall, I’d say coming to Uganda has been a life changing experience. I’ve learnt some huge life lessons and most importantly not to take the small things like a working toilet for granted. The things I’ve seen whilst being out here have changed my perspective on life. Seeing people much worse off than me has enabled me to open my eyes to things that I need to change within my lifestyle. I will forever be grateful for this opportunity to give knowledge and to teach the children in the Acholi quarter, as they will remember forever the time they were taught by mazungus (white person). This experience has been a truly unforgettable one, and one I will continue to talk about. I’m honoured to be part of the AfriDACA 2019
Fidelis: visiting Jaja’s house when we did the home visits was one of the most changing experiences of the trip. We’d spent 3 days teaching the children by this stage, but we had very little context as to the conditions they lived in and the lives their guardians led. When introduced to Jaja, I was amazed at the joy this woman felt for simply having us in her house, and the generosity she displayed when she gave us the bowls as a gift. Each of the bowls probably represented a day’s wage for this woman, and she gave us ours just to show her appreciation. In the van back to the accommodation I sat and reflected on what we had seen and decided that the bowl was probably the most valuable I owned.
Jacqui: this has been without doubt the most rewarding ‘trip’ I have ever led. The team have made me proud every single day and they should be very proud of everything they have achieved and the impacts that they have made. It has truly been a life changing experience and has made me questions the choices we make back home. It has definitely put life’s problems into perspective.
Jade: 9 days in Uganda has changed my perspective of life at home completely, I have learnt to be more grateful for my education and family as most people in the Acholi tribe have neither and it has been really hard to not feel challenged about my lifestyle at home compared to the poor conditions the Acholi tribe struggle through. The most life-changing event for me was visiting a lady’s home, Jaja was very accepting and extremely generous considering she had very little. The home visit was very emotional and the bowl she gave me, which she could have sold and got a day’s pay for, is now my most important possession. I will make sure it is on display for everyone to see back home.
Joel: Going on the trip I was excited to go back and straight away I could see a big difference and how the conditions in the Acholi community has improved. This was great to see. As well they kept their positivity and welcoming and made us feel welcome and wanted.
Kelsey: the past week has been life-changing. Seeing the people live in this part of the world has really changed my perspective. It is difficult to understand how people live in these conditions when we have so much at home that we take for granted. The trip has inspired me to make as much positive change as possible.
Lauren H: describing this past week is really hard to put into words. I am thankful for being given the opportunity by DACA to be able to visit Uganda and teach children from the Acholi Quarters. This week has been so difficult but so rewarding at the same time. I will take away many memories from this trip as well as many life lessons. It has been an exciting 9 days so far, looking forward to the last few as well as coming home and sharing my experiences with my much-loved family and friends.
Lauren R: seeing children smile and laugh every day despite having to endure harsh living conditions and not knowing if an educational opportunity will arise has made me realise how much we take the small things for granted. I have built friendships and shared knowledge with young children and it is those friendships that have made this past week memorable. Although some days felt emotionally draining, I have had one of the most enjoyable and eye-opening experiences. This has encouraged me to be more open-minded in certain situations and make small life-style changes that may have a bigger positive impact.
Megan: I am so thankful for the opportunity of coming out to Uganda and I am so glad I came. Seeing how much the children – the whole community in fact – appreciate such little things has been so eye opening. Also, what has struck me the most is the massive aspect of family within the whole of the Acholi Quarters, and although it has been an amazing 12 days I am excited to be home and see all of mine again.
Toni: this week has been packed with a variety of emotions. I have felt happy and sad, but most importantly I have felt welcomed. It’s almost as if I have found a home away from home. The Acholi Quarters, and all my experiences in Uganda, have made me feel grateful for all the small luxuries I have that I wouldn’t usually bat an eyelid at. Uganda, and in particular the spirit of the Acholi Quarters is something that I will never forget. I hope to come back in the near future, the people here are truly wonderful.