On the 17th July 2017, the J2U team of nine headed out to Uganda.
After a one night stay in Kampla we set off on our eight hour journey to Nebbi district in North Western Uganda. The school we were visiting was Ogenda Girls Secondary School in Pakwach.
The school has 98 pupils and is situated close to the banks of the Nile. Two years ago J2U spent a couple of days at the school and saw a great need here and therefore decided we would return to the school for a longer period of time this year.
Thanks to all of the support from people at home, the team raised enough money to get fencing put up around the whole school to protect the girls. It was great to see the fence completed when we arrived.
During our time at Ogenda Girls Secondary School we focused on the I AM GIRL project which involved teaching girls, teachers and ladies from the surrounding community about menstruation and making reusable sanitary pads. We also did some of the Living Well modules, alongside painting the dormitories and the classroom block.
Through the generosity of folk back home we were also able to purchase new bunk beds and mattresses for the 70 boarders and two rainwater harvesting tanks which we were blessed to see half filled and working after a thunder storm. We also provided Bibles, textbooks, stationary, two sewing machines, material, sewing equipment, solar lamps for some of the families in the community, a meal for the whole school and staff on our last day and sports equipment.
We all had a truly humbling and rewarding time and God blessed us with safe travel and health. It was great to be able to spend time talking to the girls and teachers, hearing their stories and their aspirations for the future.
There is still a lot of work to be done in Ogenda and we hope and pray that with continued support the school will thrive and numbers will increase from the 98 that attend presently.
There are also very deep rooted cultures in this region and we pray that over time things will start to change as many of these girls have such a desire to do much more with their lives.
Whilst there were some challenging times it was a great experience spent with a fantastic team who turned their hand to anything they were asked to do.