Twelve year-old *Haya was born in Raqqa, and lived there through most of the war, at the heart of ISIS’ Caliphate. The family made several unsuccessful attempts to leave. Finally, after ISIS were forced out, the family fled to Lebanon in 2017, and Haya began attending Global Care’s Shack School.
I’m in India. The problem with being in India is that there really isn’t anything that hasn’t been said already. The likes of Salman Rushdie and the Marigold Hotel have pretty much described its over-population, pollution and paradoxical business and spiritual nature.
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.