Student Tim Sigsworth was part of a 20-strong UK volunteer team visiting Global Care’s work in Soroti, Uganda in August. Here Tim reflects on the visit: “Our trip coincided with Global Care’s 35th anniversary and whilst there, I saw countless reminders of why their mission is so important. Here are three lessons I learned in nine days in Uganda.”
This was my first time to Uganda, however having friends who live there and having sent many teams to work there with a previous job I had a pretty good idea of what to expect. We arrived late at night so it wasn’t until the following morning that I actually got to see Uganda. I had forgotten how orange the earth is in sub-Saharan Africa, but what struck me about Uganda was how green it was.
Sitting at home looking out at deep snow, it’s hard to believe that only a couple of weeks ago I was in a sunny park in Guatemala City, playing games with local street children. I was there with a group of volunteers from North East England to see the work of Global Care, to spend time with the children they support and to understand better the challenges they face and the solutions the charity is finding.
A ground-breaking peace-building initiative working with Syrian refugees in Lebanon has been funded through Global Care’s Children At Risk programme..
The pilot project hoped to provide teenagers and young men and women in their early 20s with important skills needed to help re-build their homeland when the civil war in Syria ends. Four trainers presented a programme of eight sessions including topics on communication skills, conflict resolution skills, time management and team building.
The project allowed refugees from different backgrounds to discuss how they wished to build a better Syria, one founded on equality and mutual...
Life was already tough for eight-year-old Jemma, when she was involved in a terrible road traffic accident which could have killed her.
Jemma lives with her grandmother and five half-sisters, near Kampala, Uganda, in a two-roomed house with a dirt floor. Her father is dead, and her mother is physically and mentally disabled, so her grandmother has been her sole carer since she was one week old.
This fragile family are very poor and cannot afford bedding, so they sleep on old rugs bundled up to make a mattress. Jemma’s grandmother works in a nearby...