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This Was A Place of War

The HOPE Team - Friday, April 26, 2013

Written by Becca

"This was a place of war". At the end of our four-day conference at Watoto Laminadera, the Head Teacher of the primary school made this comment to me. I asked him to repeat what he said. "This was a place of fighting," he said. He went on to explain that the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), the infamous rebel group that tormented Northern Uganda just seven years ago, once had it's headquarters at almost the exact location that the community now stands on. So where violence, destruction, and evil were once planned, we now stood together talking about leadership, children's health, and improving teaching techniques! 

Interestingly, immediately upon arriving at Watoto Laminadera everyone on the team noticed the atmosphere of unity, joy, and passion that was palpable. The teachers and administrators that gathered together over the past four days for lectures, lessons and games clearly cared for the orphaned children that God has entrusted to them. What a difference the love of God makes! And what an honour it was to be able to assist them in further developing their skills.

Each one of us enjoyed teaching and learning with these teachers, as they challenged us to go deeper in each of our lessons. We really understood just how much the teachers had taken from our time together during the Expo at the conference's conclusion. We easily went 45 minutes over our one-hour allotment as each teacher excitedly shared a portion of what they had learned. Our hearts swelled with pride as they kept sharing despite our prompts to conclude. The Expo illustrated how they had caught the vision that we were teaching and personalised it for their classroom and context. They truly "bought in" to what we were teaching.