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Uganda 2013

The HOPE Team - Tuesday, April 16, 2013

HOPE: Education Uganda Team Update

Written by Celina Mina

Above: The Australian contingent of the Uganda team

Hello! Thank you for following our African Adventure through this blog! Let me begin by introducing our team of 6 women - three Australians, Michelle, Karen and Rachael; one Australian currently living in Denmark, Celina; one American, Becca, and one Brit currently living in Australiala, Nat. Our team is made up of educators, a nurse, an administrator/business professional and leadership strategist.

Our multicultural team travelled from various parts of the globe, finally meeting in Dubai before heading together as a complete team to Uganda. We arrived on Sunday 14th April and spent that day and first night in the capital city, Kampala, settling in and recovering from jetlag.

Monday was a day of preparation - supporting the local economy by purchasing all our stationery and conference equipment, photocopying training manuals for the conference participants and travelling to our first conference venue, COME Uganda, located in a village, Lugala, about 30 minutes out of Kampala.

Above: Becca & Michelle getting to work photocopying!

Here's some initial impressions and thoughts from the team so far:

Becca - "I'm excited by the opportunities to make a difference!"

Celina - "The locals have totally gone out of their way to make us feel at home. I really believe that the conferences we are about to conduct are going to encourage, inspire and equip teachers in this country"

Nat - "I am passionate about providing medical knowledge and skills to empower educators to foster effective health care in their educational context"

Rachael - "I am loving the African lifestyle - they teach us so much about true contentment and living uncomplicated lives"

Karen - "Being my third trip to Uganda, I feel like I am home again. The team has been warmly welcomed and it's been wonderful meeting up with friends again that I have made over the years through these trips"

Michelle - "I'm hoping that the participants will not only learn new things, but find them immediately useful to their current working environment"

Above: Roadside view


Stay tuned for further updates from the team!

Kylie Grewal commented on 16-Apr-2013 07:45 PM
Glad you all arrived safely. Looking forward to the stories of the adventures to come!
Sarah Vosburgh commented on 17-Apr-2013 10:16 PM
This is so Awesome, you will make a difference Becca. When I was in elementary school, I wanted to go there with my teacher who was a Nun. I begged my mom to no avail. My Prayers are with you, be safe.
Tiffani West commented on 18-Apr-2013 05:29 AM
Awesome Global repesentation there! Hope you all continue to enjoy your experience:) Shout out to Becca from LES! We miss you!!!
Rebecca G. commented on 18-Apr-2013 06:05 AM
You ladies are inspirational! I am also looking forward to reading about your trip. Becca, I am so proud of you and can't wait for you to share this experience with our school and students. Take care and best of luck to you all!
Maureen commented on 18-Apr-2013 01:09 PM
Hi gals! So pleased u all arrived safely. Keeping u all in my heart & in my prayers. Expect great things of God. I know u will all make such a difference over there & be and receive multiple blessings as u minister to and love upon those beautiful people. Loving u all from afar and wishing I was there! Hugs all round. Maursy
Johanna Z commented on 18-Apr-2013 09:17 PM
Becca- You are very inspirational. Way to go!! Keep us all updated.
Gail commented on 18-Apr-2013 10:36 PM
Wow, so impressed! Didn't know about your worldly adventure but sure do wish you all the best. Take care, give the most you can. Your rewards will be great. LES will miss you along with the rest of your family and friends. God bless, Gail
Genessa commented on 18-Apr-2013 11:36 PM
Way to go for it Becca and all the team! You are truly making a difference. I can't wait to hear about your experiences!
Nancy at LES commented on 19-Apr-2013 12:11 AM
Hi Becca, so great reading your blog and sharing your experiences. Can't wait to hear all the details of your amazing trip when you re

Adrienne McElroy commented on 25-Apr-2013 08:34 AM
Pretty amazing! You are an inspiration. Stay safe and see you soon Becca.

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