Here is the second part of Muhammad Atif’s account of the recent WeCan-Ugan trip to northern Uganda. During the trip the WeCan-Ugan team undertook research for ColaLife.
During the civil war some areas in northern Uganda were particularly hard hit. The Barlonyo massacre killed 482 Ugandans and destroyed an entire community. It left behind an entire village of orphans and widows and in those areas all social systems have been destroyed – the people have been left with nothing but scars. For the children, their nearest school is now 60km away.
It is on that need where our project originated and expanded. We are now working with HORARD to build a vocational school to upgrade local skills so that they can gain employment in industries where their skills are demanded.
To raise funds, we have already conducted various fundraising activities in the UK. In March 2011, we took part in a week-long sponsored cycle trip traversing 700km of northern Uganda.
During our cycle, we visited many other schools and youth groups and took part in their cultural exchange programmes. We were shown traditional African dances and in return we delivered workshops in leadership and life skills as well as in HIV/AIDS. Altogether we visited 57 schools meeting more than 40,000 pupils!
Through a combination of our previous fundraising activities and the sponsored cycle trip, we have now raised £4,500 to commence construction of our school.
The emotional culmination of all our hard work both in Uganda and in the UK was the laying of the Foundation stone for the WeCan-Ugan school on the 1st April 2011.
WeCan-Ugan – what we did for ColaLife
In March, two members of the WeCan-Ugan project (Claire/Mo) met Simon at the Royal Society of Medicine. We were so excited about ColaLife that we decided to help conduct some research during their upcoming trip to Uganda. At that time, the WeCan-Ugan team was only 3 weeks away from leaving.
ColaLife is such an incredible concept that it was easy to convey it and convince the rest of the WeCan-Ugan team about its potential. Simon provided us with AidPod prototypes and T-shirts that only enhanced the quality of our research.
During our week in Uganda, the 14 members of WeCan-Ugan, conducted a series of interviews with 82 mothers’ groups (656 mothers), 16 health clinics, 22 shopkeepers and 49 schools. We were delighted with the positive reaction and immensely grateful for their constructive feedback.
WeCan-Ugan have compiled a report for ColaLife which is currently available on the ColaLife website.
Check out our ColaLife pictures/videos: https://picasaweb.google.com/wecanugan/ColaLife#
Once again, many thanks to the Wecan-Ugan team for such a great report, pictures and video (coming up shortly).