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By: Amy

10/07/2012: Another day at the office

Today was our third day helping at the orphanage; we were greeted from the mini-bus with the children waving and racing along beside us. After this...

By: Ruby

09/07/2012: Amazing...

  The word “amazing” has been used to explain most things since we have arrived – what we think of the country, how we a...

By: Rachel

09/07/2012: Breakfast, Singing and Dancing

Today started with a lovely breakfast of chapatti and mini-bananas (the first of many I suspect!) then headed off to Ekiwumulo and were then greete...

By: Emaline

08/07/2012: We have arrived!!

After a sleepless night on the plane we touched down safely in Entebbe. Got through the airport without any problems but en route to Mityana th...

By: Jonno

07/07/2012: And so the adventure begins...

The bags have been packed, everyone's successfully made it to Heathrow (despite the M4's best efforts to delay them) and the summer's t...

By: Jonno

05/07/2012: Two days to go...

With this one I run out of videos of past teams to post in the run up to the first team leaving... However, get excited because this is our most po...

By: Jonno

04/07/2012: Decisions, decisions...

I am most certainly getting excited about the forthcoming trips and in my excitement I had to decide which of the recent trips I wanted to remeber ...

By: Jonno

03/07/2012: The Countdown Continues

As the countdowns to this year's trips continue we thought we'd take another trip down memory lane... here's what a few members of the ...

By: Jonno

01/07/2012: One Week to Go!

There’s only one week to go until the first of this year’s teams heads out to Mityana to spend time with the children and help out at Ekiw...

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Posted: 20:01:04 on 10/07/2012

Another day at the office

Today was our third day helping at the orphanage; we were greeted from the mini-bus with the children waving and racing along beside us. After this warm welcome, we were separated into our activity groups, which consisted of painting the bedrooms, playing with the children and carrying out the medical check-ups.

I started the day helping with the checks, which included a skin examination, CNS test, doctor’s assessment and recording of the child’s height and weight. The children were very excited by receiving a sticker at the end of the process and a paper crown!

After a quick spot of lunch we were back to work, this time I helped paint the bedrooms. With a big team across two of the houses we managed to get a lot done, the majority of walls are now a much more attractive sunny yellow colour.  The children were greatly amused by the amount of paint we managed to get on ourselves!  We then said goodbye to the children for another day and travelled back to Kolping House for a much needed shower and rest before dinner.

The meal held a couple of surprises with a short power cut and a tasty cake for Nigel’s birthday. After an eventful day we are currently relaxing by playing cards before we head off to bed.

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Posted: 20:53:15 on 09/07/2012

Amazing...

 

The word “amazing” has been used to explain most things since we have arrived – what we think of the country, how we are feeling and what the children are like. The country is beautiful, and all the people welcoming. The food is great – the contrary to what I had been led to believe before arriving. Our time here appears to be set to be fantastic. Can’t wait for tomorrow!

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Posted: 20:49:36 on 09/07/2012

Breakfast, Singing and Dancing

Today started with a lovely breakfast of chapatti and mini-bananas (the first of many I suspect!) then headed off to Ekiwumulo and were then greeted by lots of smiling faces. The children then put on a fantastic show for us, consisting of singing, dancing and plays (something involving teddy bear in a basket of leaves?!)

The rest of the day involved either painting, playing or poking the children (for medical purposes!). A very productive day at Ekiwumulo. On the way back to Kolping we stopped off at the Esuubi Café site. The builing work is nearly finished only the final roofing and painting to go. It looks like it will be a fantastic café.

After dinner we experienced our first Ugandan rain, thunder and lightning – lets hope it doesn’t keep us up tonight.

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Posted: 18:55:23 on 08/07/2012

We have arrived!!

After a sleepless night on the plane we touched down safely in Entebbe.

Got through the airport without any problems but en route to Mityana the mini-van containing our luggage decided to break down! When we finally arrived we were reunited with our luggage and got settled in to our rooms. A quick break with mandazis and rolex was followed by a trip to Ekiwumulo to visit the new buildings and see the children. We were all pleasantly surprised by the progress Esuubi has made since the last expeditions and for those who have never been before it was amazing to see for ourselves what we've heard so much about! 

The visit was followed by a perilous mini-cab ride over the rocky terrain surrounding Ekiwumulo back to Kolping House where we were able to shower (in the freezing cold water!) before dinner.

We are all now extremely tired after a long few days with very little sleep! This isn't going to stop us celebrating Meagan's 18th birthday though!

Tomorrow we start the real work- let the fun begin!!

 

Lauren and Emaline

Ps: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MEAGAN!!!! <3

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Posted: 21:59:36 on 07/07/2012

And so the adventure begins...

The bags have been packed, everyone's successfully made it to Heathrow (despite the M4's best efforts to delay them) and the summer's trips have now begun. 

The first team of 28 have set off for Uganda, so soon you should be able to hear something interesting from some of then... "HOORAY!" less of Jonno's inane drivel!

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Posted: 20:51:45 on 05/07/2012

Two days to go...


With this one I run out of videos of past teams to post in the run up to the first team leaving... However, get excited because this is our most popular team video EVER!

Having said that I believe that may be down to a certain member of this team watching it at least 500 times all by herself.

I'm hoping someone else will have some super-interesting thoughts, feelings and emotions to post tomorrow, but in the meantime keep get excited because we're only two days from take-off (of the plane) this year!

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Posted: 22:17:28 on 04/07/2012

Decisions, decisions...


I am most certainly getting excited about the forthcoming trips and in my excitement I had to decide which of the recent trips I wanted to remeber next (2009 or 2011). In the end I decided to go for 2011 - saving the most popular until last!

So for today's trip down the Memory Lane of Esuubi trips I present to you the most ridiculous but successful idea ever dreamt up whilst washing out of a bucket (the showers weren't working that day!) It also made a nice £6k for our work at Ekiwumulo!

If you want to help support the team in their work this year why not click on one of the little buttons below?!

P.S. Whatever anyone might say, I deny any kind of connection to that man!

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Posted: 18:47:59 on 03/07/2012

The Countdown Continues


As the countdowns to this year's trips continue we thought we'd take another trip down memory lane... here's what a few members of the first team thought of their trip to Mityana.

Please excuse the floppy hats, dodgy auto-sunglassing glasses and loud banging in the background!

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Posted: 19:37:36 on 01/07/2012

One Week to Go!


There’s only one week to go until the first of this year’s teams heads out to Mityana to spend time with the children and help out at Ekiwumulo and Esuubi Café. I wonder if they’re Getting excited yet?

Let’s hope they have as good a time as the team from 2012 (in the video above).

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