Sunday, August 3, 2014

Incredible Ugandan Animals Eat Kneeling!

July 26, 2014 will remain an unforgettable day to our Rubanda Solidarity School students of upper grades of 4-7 who had their study trip to both Mburo game park and Lake Mburo in Mbara district, Uganda.

The trip that began in the early morning hours of the day aboard two coaster buses was an amazing day for the students. Setting out of the school gate there is a narrow, dusty marrum road that kids use every day and know so well. A mile away is the highway road that links Uganda with DRC through Bunagana in the west and heads to Kabale and Mbarara towns in the east. Entering the highway was so amazing for the students.They all screamed for safety and invoked God's protection. Because, most of them had never been given a ride on a tarmacked road. They were full of excitement a midst screams for life as one of them shouted loud, "we are still young to die".

As they traveled through Kabale town they headed for Mbarara to Lake Mburo. At Lake Mburo their first eye contact was the strange animals that eat-kneeling. It was indeed their first time to see such strange animals. "They are so friendly animals", one of them called his friends.  Another child answered back, "they eat-kneeling and are friendly to children". Children know how curious and scary they can be when in the presence of animals with exposed teeth, as if ready to have their prey. "Its awesome", mentioned as she made a joyous jump.

The objectives of the study trip were an act of appreciation and farewell to the candidates of grade seven, an exposure to them and other higher grade students of 4-6. Moving out of ones village provides a sense of maturity and seeing things differently. It also a final opportunity to the finalists as they prepare for their final national exams. 
Some of the things they learn on their trip include; Animals and landscape, different types of infrastructure including roads and road signs. They also travel on water through the lakes, track animals in the game parks, visit national monuments and places of worship. They are also guided though issues of communication like bus parks in towns, post offices and banks as tools to use because soon they are to start their own navigation in life.

Students who were so amused when they say the kneel and eat animals could not hold their breath when they paused for a photo next to these animals as of they were part of their group. "I will never forget this", one of the students commented. After a one day's study tour, the students had an African traditional danced to refresh their spirits as they headed back to the school in the first watch of the night. Enjoy the pictures below.

Students & Staff pause for a group photo at lake Mburo on 7-28-2014

Friendly animals that eat- kneeling  at lake Mburo -Uganda 2014

Friendly animals that welcome the students  on their study  2014

Sleep standing animals at lake Mburo in Uganda 2014

Friday, May 9, 2014

Enjoy a trip to Rubanda through pictures Feb. 2014

I need better vision to see visitors, lovely friends.
Doves, symbols of Peace

Kids just need one click show
Quality education builds healthy relationships

Tomorrow's brains are here with Diana
Immaculate joins the kids to new tech.

Dr. Bruce & Fr. Dominic receive gifts fromYamba Abaana Uganda
Kids enjoy their leisure time

Leg or no leg Louis is a fan of soccer

More than curious
Dr. Bruce at work

Dr. Bruce mentors kids as coordinator of projects Rogers looks
Charity begins at a tender age

A kid cries to his mom for an opportunity to school after a visit to his brother at the school.

Kevin enjoys hide and seek
Soccer uniform, a gift form Kingdom Hope
"Where there is love you need no eyes"
E-Reader Kindle pilot project launched
Long Live Kingdom Hope
A mother admires sponsorship efforts
Diana mentors the kids in the new soccer field
Parents, children and sponsors' friendship

Future soccer fans and leader
Girls too need quality education opportunities
Dr. Bruce sits down for real business
Dr. Carey fully charged with a passion of love
Venensia and Rominet love new tech, E-Reader Kindle at Rubanda Solidarity School
Sr. Annamary excited at sponsors' letters of family photo and letter to their children

Yamba Abaana supporters charged with a passion for a difference
Technology, for rural poor kids is justice.

Dr. Carey mentors the kids on new E-Reader Kindles
                                              Artistic cultural gift from a school girls to visitors from USA

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Water! Water! Water!

Visitors from USA join Yamba Abaana UG. for H2O humt
Sr. Stella and Dr. Bruce a H2O hunt.
Water has become so crucial for Rubanda Solidarity School and the entire community of Rubanda. Concerned people have raised alarms for years but no lasting solution was ever found. The community has decided to go for a water hunting mission. This was prompted by their visit to the school and found kids crying out for drinking water. They also are aware of the unresolved burden to mothers and children who spend hours and hours traveling in search for possible water catchments. The solution seems far away off. But some hope came in this last February with the visit of our friends from the USA. With them we the community decided to launch a water hunting mission. Above, left is the visiting team's head Dr. Bruce Murray chating with Sr. Stellamaris Kysiimire on figuring out how long the hunting mission would take as the school bursar Mr. Kabananura looks on. To the top right,are some of the community members of Yamba Abaana Uganda leading the hunt.

The result of the hunting mission was one spotted area in the valley below the school as described by the photo below with water catchment potentials. In is below, Fr. Dominic and Dr. Bruce are standing on top of the hill pointing to that last possible place that once confirmed could provide water relief to the school and the community. The distance between the school on top of the hill to the valley on the possible well site is about seven hundred miters. That is quite a long distance for pumped water project in a community that electric power is unimaginable. However, it seems to be the only hope as the rain harvested water is never enough nor able to run through a school term. Its our hope that we will find water source, get funds and technical personnel to realize our hunting mission dream. Until then we shall not give up the hunt.
Dr. Bruce-left, with Fr. Dominic on a water hunt:  That is the only possible spot left to trap clean water for children.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

See us through our School pics

The camera lady of the day receives a training. Talents show up early!
Below is Dr. Bruce and Dr. Carey and their team from USA visiting children of Rubanda Solidarity. The photos speak much of what real life is at the school. Dr. Bruce was unsealing the letters from the children's sponsors which he was so generous to deliver and enjoyed carrying their replies back to the sponsors in USA. On the right side instead there is Dr. Carey enjoying children's warms. She must have found lots of friends and love with the kids. "Please Carey, Bruce, Pat, Evan and Erin we miss you so much in Rubanda", a word from the school prefects.