The main purpose of this work camp that took place in Luwero was to provide psychosocial support to people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS as well as the construction of a chicken poultry farm that would serve to provide with eggs to the children of the Basajjansolo Memorial Training Centre and the exceeding eggs will be sold to raise funds for the school. This work camp counted with the participation of 4 international volunteers and 7 local volunteers and later on counted with the incorporation of 2 more international volunteers coming from the Bujuuku work camp.
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A day in Luwero:
Every day the volunteers were divided into different groups having different responsibilities. A group of volunteers was assigned to the kitchen group and were responsible for cooking the meals for the rest of the volunteers. By doing so, the international volunteers had the opportunity to learn how to cook traditional African dishes such as matooke, kasava, posho, rice with g-nut sauce, amongst others. The rest of the volunteers were assigned to the different activities that would help fulfill the purpose of the work camp.
Breakfasts were served at around 7:30 in the morning and were accompanied by the songs sung by the children in the nearby school. After having breakfasts the volunteers would start with their work. The heavy construction work they did was lightened up by the great ambiance and laughter that existed throughout the whole work camp. Apart from the construction work they did, the volunteers also gave the kids of the school drawing lessons, as well as organized a sports gala event which counted with the participation of over 120 students from the school. Lunch was served at noon and after it the volunteers resumed with their work. The volunteers had the afternoons free and had a chance to go visit the town to do some shopping or using the Internet at the local library or just stay in the camp, take a refreshing shower with buckets of water and relax.
The nights at this work camp were varied. Usually a campfire was made and traditional local food was served for all the volunteers. However, there were also several cultural nights in which the volunteers prepared traditional food from their countries of origin and gave a brief explanation of some of the characteristics and traditions of them. After dinner, the volunteers had the option to go out shaking (dancing) to the really “interesting” club in Luwero or stay by the camp fire and sing and dance or just relax under the rhythms of the African drums played by some of the talented local volunteers.
The volunteers worked 5 days a week and in the weekends they had the opportunity to realize different activities, such as travelling, realizing home visits to families infected and affected by HIV/AIDS or attend to mass in the church of the community, which for most of them (religious and nonreligious people alike) was an experience of a lifetime.
Allan Mwebe– Uganda
Alex Oyirwdth- Arua, Uganda
Chin Hsin Hao (Steven) – Taiwan
Eddie Bakster- Nansana, Uganda- Camp leader
Hélène Bucher – Paris, France
Kevin Zongo- Nairobi, Kenya
Lise Maarche– Paris, France
Martin Sserugo- Nansana, Uganda
Michael Lubega- Kampala, Uganda
Pin-Pei Lin (Sally)– Taiwan
Sophie Louise Borkel– Hamburg, Germany
Trevor Nsubuga- Kampala, Uganda