Kain Foundation Uganda Trip 2019 – Day 4

The day commenced with an uninvited 6am wake up call from Jonty basically ordering me to get out of bed and join himself and Barnaby for a run. Once the run was finished Barnaby and Jonty joined Trish by the pool for some planking challenges, which by the looks of it had Jonty shaking terribly throughout the entire challenge. We were told to meet down in the carpark by 9am, similarly to that of the other mornings. So the team…

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Kain Foundation Uganda Trip – Day 3

Big day today with an all day visit to a brand new Landcare school, St Maria Gorreth Mpugwe Primary School.  Got off to a slow start with a stop at a motorcycle repair shop to pump up 2 footballs balls and a soccer ball as the pumps from Oz failed.  We had barely finished ‘Islands in the Stream’ when we arrived at the school.  We were each given a bunch of flowers, serenaded with the ‘Welcome Song’ and Jonty was…

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Kain Foundation Uganda Trip 2019 – Day 2

Awake 530 sharp as the call to prayer rang out somewhere near by.  Uganda is 84 percent Christian and Islam a minority at 14 percent.  Loaded up our van which is accurately emblazoned “tourist van” on all sides.  Weaved our way to subbi and the watoto project.  Tour of the nursery which can cater for 100 from newborn until toddler stage.  Only had 64 at present as they sometimes have to take 20 babies if another centre is shut down. …

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Kain Foundation Uganda Trip 2019 – Day 1

Goodbye Adelaide winter, Hello Ugandan warm weather! Ably led by our team Leader John ‘Jonty’ Kain our team of Michael Hart, Zac Hart, Jack ‘Jackal’ Kain, Patricia ‘Trish’ Weyland, Barnaby ‘Barnyard’ Pyne and myself, Megan ‘Bernie’ Sanders, left Adelaide on Saturday 13 July and arrived in Entebbe (some 24 hours of travelling) later at 1.30pm on Sunday 14th July. I had been warned about Ugandan time and that nothing happens in a hurry. I have to admit it still surprised me that…

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Kain Foundation Uganda 2018 Trip – Reflection #3 – From Andrew & Danyelle

The Final blog and Reflection comes from Andrew, the Kain Foundation’s Chairman and Danyelle, the Kain Foundation Uganda Trip 2018 Tour Leader: A Reflection from Andrew: Not a hand out, rather a way out. My first visit to Uganda as Chair of the Kain Foundation proved what we are doing with our corporate and local partners is valuable and is having long term benefits for terrific people. We have partnered with Tony Wanyoike of the Hopeline Organization and Leslie Weighill from…

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Kain Foundation Uganda 2018 Trip – Reflection #2 – From Sara & Grace

A reflection from Grace: It was wonderful to see the Ugandans so enthusiastic about helping themselves and their country, not just the future generation but teaching the children skills to take home to their families. The squeals of absolute delight from the children as we blew bubbles and peals of laughter as we tried (and failed) to mimic their dance moves taught me that you don’t need much to be happy. I’m very grateful to Remmy for seeing us safely…

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Kain Foundation Uganda 2018 Trip – Reflection #1 – From Ryan

As we part ways and head back to Adelaide it was a chance for me to ask each team member to reflect on their experience on the Kain Foundation’s Uganda 2018 Trip. Over the next few days you will hear from each team member and what the experience meant to them. The first reflection comes from Ryan (aka Brucey):       An incredible experience that is truly difficult to summarise in words. It’s what I expected and at the…

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Day 5: Junior Landcare School Project – Kaboyo

WOW – What an amazing day it has been. After being greeted by a wonderful welcoming dance, we had the pleasure of meeting James. James is genuinely one of the most passionate teachers I have ever met, who has embraced the Junior Landcare project wholeheartedly into the Kaboyo School in Masaka. It was a great experience having James take us around the school, and explain to us the sustainable features of the program including: planting of quick growing (4-6 years)…

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Day 4: Junior Landcare School Project – Kyassonko

Fortunate, insignificant, helplessness, inspired, enriched, hopeful… At the start of the week mentally I couldn’t get past the enormity of the challenges and a sense of helplessness. Where do you start with tackling the many issues faced? Having now witnessed the work of multiple charity projects, each seemingly insignificant given the enormity of situation, however most significant for those communities involved, it is now clear to me that these projects make a real difference to the lives and prospects of…

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Day 3: 10 Things I have learnt in Uganda

10 things I learned from the women and children of the Mayindo Women’s Group and our Driver Remmy. When people take the time to sing and dance, give you flowers and hug you as you arrive, you feel welcome. When the same people, only hours later, sing and dance and hug you as you are leaving it’s harder to leave. The women of Mayindo are smart, brave, enterprising – my garden doesn’t grow oranges, coffee, avocado, bananas, chickens and pigs.…

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