African Action International Report
Written by John Luyonza
November 2012 – A SPECIAL TIME IN UGANDA FOR THEIR GOLDEN JUBILEE
Uganda is getting into a celebration mood to celebrate the coming of Independence 50 years ago.
It is a time for the nation to reflect on the past, plan for the future and celebrate achievements. In the same vein, it is a time that African Action can reflect and celebrate what has been achieved so far with the support of our various partners’ and at the same time look forward to the future!
It is now over well over a decade since the first visit of ‘mama’ and ‘papa’ Jean and John Leak to Uganda which later birthed AAI in Uganda. AAI has transformed the lives of many children, youth and church leaders as well as improved the lives of the widows, orphans and the very poor of Uganda’s society. For example, through this time we have managed to put in place the following.
1. A medical clinic operating in Magere village with frequent Mobile visits to the different villages especially around Bweyalle in Kiryandongo district. These have treated hundreds of poor people for common illnesses and minor surgeries.
2. So far, we have a number of school graduates that having completed school to final secondary level have pushed on to complete studies in fields of Business, Computing, Catering, Elementary and Advanced Carpentry, Mechanics, Teaching and other vocational skills. Many of these are now either employed or self employed. Similarly, we still have sponsored students from all levels of education i.e. from primary, secondary to higher institutions of learning. Our goal is the equip and empower young people with relevant skills to transform their lives and country – which we believe is slowly starting to be realised through your continued support in terms of finances and volunteering skills, joining teams to come and engage with our friends and partners in AAI Uganda and providing hand on training of some of these skills while in the country.
3. Bweyalle School; Due to our goal to impart knowledge and equip the next generation, we have set up a school structure ready to house Upward Academy, a school for deaf and a section for the main stream students that is planned to be opened in 2013.
This means we start off our first year of the country’s next 50 years emphatically and with hope in this nation as far as providing education is concerned.
Above, are photos of the ongoing construction of the pit-latrines and Administration Block and management/teacher accommodation. All of this has been possible through the support of our partners in Australia.
4. Through our Christian Church Development Program training is provided to teach, train, empower and mentor a number of local church leaders through our training courses, conferences and leadership seminars in churches around the central and Northern parts of the country. They in turn support their local community by initiating community support programs in partnership with AAI.
5. Through the strong integral relationship of our directors with their overseas supporters, we have been able to welcome a number of international volunteer teams especially who have helped support and check on our various projects that is to say; widows’ projects, child support and all our community projects which has immensely contributed to their progress and success. Some have come all the way to provide training in specialised vocational skills.
6. Carpentry; Edward Ssemalulu is heading up a team in the carpentry workshop at Magere Village and helping in the training of two other young men in carpentry which is currently going on smoothly. These two young men are hearing impaired and this training is giving them a unique opportunity to gain a useful trade which will transform their future. Edward was able to absorb specialised and modernised carpentry training in Australia by the help of supporters John and Shirley Easton members of the AAI Committee in Australia – many thanks to our friends for support in this regard. Edwards visit was an unmitigated success and he proved a great ambassador for Ugandan youth and AAI at large. We are pleased that Edward now possesses the required level of skills and technical knowledge to equip and train these youths in carpentry.
7. Sponsorships and widow support. In closing, home and family upkeep support still continues for those single parent families that struggle to survive, for example the widows and the very poor of our community. We also have been able to directly help limit the effect of the HIV/AIDS scourge through the provision of financial support to provide medical checks, tests, medication and counselling to affected and infected people and families. Through the support of our partners we have managed to reach out and help many of such families, widows and children some of whom live in displaced persons camps in remote areas. many are so thankful for the improvement in their lives.