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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Day 2: Kkoba Community School Project

We started the day by meeting our driver Remmy at the hotel for breakfast, then collected Tony and Leslie who were to be our guides for the first part of the trip. Tony grew up in Kkoba village, runs Hopeline and set up the women’s center that we will Visit tomorrow. Leslie moved to Uganda from Canada in 2004 and runs Real Uganda. Tony and Leslie took us to the new school being built in Kkoba village. The school is…

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Day 1: First Impressions

During this coming week the team are visiting two of the Kain Foundation’s projects in Uganda: the Kkoba project and the Junior Landcare Project. We left Adelaide on Saturday, 11 August and arrived in Entebbe, Uganda Sunday 12 August. On the flight from Dubai to Entebbe I sat next to a young Ugandan woman who had been working in Dubai for three years and was returning home to her family. She helped me learn some Lugandan words, such as water…

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The Journey Begins

Well the 2018 Kain Foundation Uganda Trip Crew are ready. We have Killer the Kain Foundation’s Chairman, Ooch and Zag from Kain Lawyers, Brucey an individual joining the crew this year and Robbo the trusty Tour Leader. There has been a few weeks of build up getting to know each other, having our brief on the itinerary and what to expect, getting all of our vaccinations and it all comes down to today – the day we leave. We are…

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The power of music: How young adults thrive with music

We all know that there is magic in music. Music soothes and heals and changes our moods. Music is also the soundtrack for adolescents and young adults. You often find them engrossed in music, headphones stuck on their ears, utterly oblivious to the world. For them, music is the way they express themselves, build their identity and connect with peers. It is their language. It turns out there is a connection between music and the development of their brain. Music…

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What happens to kids when they are frequently absent from school

One of the most important things you can do to ensure the future of your children is to make sure your children attend school. Kids normally miss school occasionally but when it becomes a pattern, it affects their learning. Chronic absenteeism occurs when children are absent from school for more than 15-18 days in a year or 10 percent of the time. It is detrimental at any age. When young children are absent from school – even for two days a month-…

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