Saturday, January 28, 2017

DTS (Holland) and Trinity ( Aus) Teams in Uganda

It's  a New Year and has sparked off in high gear with 2 different Teams visiting Uganda Hope Builders International ..The Village of Hope, Youth Support Uganda and Home of Hope.
We've Discipleship Training School (D.T.S)Team of 6 from Holland, they arrived on 19/Jan, and Trinity Grammar School Team of 21 from Australia.
Both Teams are doing well and going on with the different charity activities in our Projects and the entire community at large.

The D.T.S Team is so much focused with Football Training with our adult and small Kids Team, they do it to both Boys and Girls. At the end of the Training, they extend Christian Teachings to enable children know the word of God through Testimonies and Bible Passages. They also go to outreaches with Pr.George to do door to door evangelism.....The Team is doing so well with all their time tabled activities and they are to spend 4weeks with us.

For the Trinity Team, which arrived on 23/Jan, it has helped in erecting a woven wire fence at Home of Hope, prayed games with the Village children, and Hope Community High School, including Australian Football which has been prayed for the first time in Jinja..if not in the entire Uganda....This was initiated on the Australian Day which was so amazing to the Team and we hope it will remain in History.
Trinity Team also visited the Slums of Masese and they were so much touched and had an Unusual experience of how life is in the slums compared to the life they live in.....They so much wished if they could do more. Today Saturday, the Team has gone for White water rafting on River Nile and their fare well is tomorrow on Sunday.
See the Teams' Experience in PICS Below
DTS Team at work

DTS Skilling village kids

DTS teachings

Trinity at Hope comm High sch

Time for playing

Music for the soul from Trinity

Initiation of Aus Football

Trinity in Masese slums

Guitar music in the slums

class room tour

Trinity team meetingS.4 candidates

Friday, January 13, 2017

Farewell Uganda Hello Kenya

Finally it came for us to say good bye to Uganda and the wonderful people we have connected with over the last two weeks. As usual the Uganda team put on a wonderful farewell including some amazing dancing. Team 22 all shared of the impact this place had made on us - it will live on with us.
We have now arrived in Kenya for some debriefing and some R&R. God is good and has done some amazing work in and through us!!!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Last day of work

Today the team completed the last day of work here in Uganda. One crew went to finish of the painting at the Home of Home and spend time with the children there. Another crew did some long hours at the Youth Support Uganda site bricklaying and others spent time with the YSU girls distributing the Days for Girls packs. We capped of the evening with a thankyou meal of pork with the builders who have been working with over the last two weeks. We also thanked the staff of Subbi house who have served us so well. It was a fun evening of UNO conversation and good food.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Some White Water

Today most of the team hit the Nile and rode the river and all that it threw at us. Everyone hit the water as boats flipped regularly. The so called safety boat - for our elderly crew - was first to flip and they did an amazing effort to stay calm and continue down the river making it all the way to the end.
The young crew also bit the dust and also managed to keep it all together and make it to the end. It was a great day and we were all very weary by the end.

Monday, January 9, 2017


We started the day with a leisurely morning.. a nice change of pace. Some of us enjoyed, as we have each day, sitting on the back balcony watching Uganda come to life with the variety of birds twittering their songs to announce the dawn of a new day,  the cows being lead to greener pastures, the haze slowly clearing to expose the beautiful views of Lake Victoria, and the adults going about their chores such as gathering what is needed for the next meal.

Breakfast was a variety of delicious leftovers.. African donuts, bread with a variety of spreads, and the usual sweet pineapple. Our usual cooks finally had a break!

At 10.00am most of the group walked up the red dusty road to the Abundant life church .

We start off looking clean and after one car goes past we are coated with a fine coating of orangie red dust. Even our hair colour changes. By the time we walk back again we have a nice tan. The dust does not wash off easily! We cannot understand how the native Ugandans always look so clean.

Today Pastor Glen our team leader gave the sermon the main message being that God is a faithful God and that his Spirit in us gives us a joy which is not dependent on our circumstances.

Before the sermon the children went off to Sunday school.  After the church service we enjoyed the fellowship of the many Ugandan worshippers and admired the beautiful crafts made by boys from surrounding villages.

We came back for lunch which consisted of hot chips and salad, then had a break during which some of us took advantage and had a nap to prepare us for later activities.

Later in the afternoon we were given a tour of Jinja  Hope Community School. This school aims to provide a Christian education  for secondary school children whose parents struggle to afford school fees. We also had a tour of Jinja Christian school , a primary school run by an Australian couple Ann and Ron Matheson. We reflected on the financial struggle it must be to run these schools and keep up with education trends and technology with no government funding.

Later the Village of Hope children made their way to Jinja Christian school for an afternoon of sport. The major interest was the soccer game …the Mazungus(Aussies) against the Ugandans (some of the builders and the Village of Hope boys).It was an exciting game with William being the referee. Despite a few injuries they all enjoyed the competition which finished in a one all draw. Some children played  in a friendly game of Netball. The smaller children were engaged in skipping and Hula hoop activities which they clearly enjoyed. We finished up with a game of Poison ball which had children scattering in all directions to avoid going out! We then bade the children good bye. We so much enjoy their openness and love they give to us each time we interact with them.

Back at Suubi we were greeted with lovely cooking aromas coming from the kitchen. Meaghan and Chelsea decided to give our cooks a rest and made beautiful Shepherds pie which we soon devoured.

Once again it was a day of enjoyable experiences which we can store in our hearts  and take back to Australia forever.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

A Day Out

We had an exciting day today! We started off with a trip to Jinja’s local orphanage, ‘Welcome Home’. The group was amazed by the facilities at the home, it was bright and open and amplified love and happiness. Both love and happiness were what the team felt when they saw the smiles on each child’s face. We were able to send all of our questions to the direction of the Ugandan Director, Mumma Hope. She helped us understand the ins and outs of how the home works and the dedication adoption takes. This was followed by a small tour of the beautiful house and a play with the gorgeous kids. Even though they were only young their English was immaculate, we even got a song out of them, check it out on our Instagram - hope.buliders -

Lunch was spent at a Jinja favourite, The Keep. We each enjoyed a lovely cold drink and a pizza or wrap.  One team member, Dale, even saving some pizza to give to the homeless and the needy. As we all piled into the bus keen as beans to head to the Source of The Nile. Once arriving we were greeted by our tour guide, James. We all eagerly walked down the many, many stairs and there is was, The Nile. Everyone jumped onto the somewhat questionable boat and we were OFF! James showed us around the start of the river and pointed out some little creatures such as, birds, otters and lizards. After a few jump starts we finally arrived at a small island at the junction between Lake Victoria and The River Nile. After loads of pictures with the official ‘’Source of the River Nile” sign we enjoyed a drink back on the mainland.

A quiet night in was had with a delicious meal of vegetable frittata and a special guest, Robert K. He taught many of us the history of Uganda and Jinja. Explaining the geography of East Africa, politics throughout the country and significant historical events. The chat of tomorrows major soccer rivalry between the Muzungu’s (us) and some of the Village of Hope’s finest athletes, tune in tomorrow to find out the results!  


Saturday, January 7, 2017

Keeping on keeping on....

Team 22 keeps on working hard and are really connecting well with many of the Ugandan people here. We are thankful to God for the people that work here and make the HopeBuilders projects work day in day out. Over the last couple of days we have spent time at the home of hope, building at YSU, having fun in the sun with water jumping castles at the Village of Hope, participating in wise choices for life, spending time with the social work team at the village of hope, experiencing an amazing sunrise over Lake Victoria, being welcomed by an awesome bunch of young people from YSU with dancing laughing and great conversation, watching a movie written, filmed and produced by a crew of HopeBuliders and then last night having dinner with the management team from the Village of Hope.
We thank God for his protection and opening our eyes to so many things while we are here!!!