Check out the photo gallery from the Mission Trip in February 2020. These photos show Board Member Dan & Family spending time in the Magooli village. In the community they went to the school and to all the homes of the widowed women taking care of the CCCU children. They then went to the Nile waterfalls, craft shops in Jinja, and Murchison Falls Nation Game Park on a safari!
Life at Magooli Academy for Children Namayingo presentation.
Check out this fantastic presentation shared with us by Bob Olsen. Bob & his family were part of the first mission team to visit CCCU! This presentation provides a small preview of what it's like for the children attending MACN, as well as plans for improvement!
“I am a volunteer from Japan, usually working in a government primary school in Mpigi district. I have stayed in Uganda since June 2017, with the contract of 2 and a half years.
I have known Joseph, the director of CCCU, since last December through Facebook, and visited CCCU and villages around in this January (term 3 holidays 2018) and May (term 1 holidays 2019), for a week each. [...]
Each evening, we walked around there with the coordinator of each village and visited homes which have not got support yet. We could visit around 20 homes in 4 days. Most of them live in huts made of soil. I guess more than half of the families are supported by the mothers only. Joseph told me that in many family fathers have already passed away, or left women and children behind and went somewhere. [...]
Some children even don’t have parents but live with their grandparents. In this case, parents left children to grandparents, and have gone for work in towns, or have already died. Some of the grandparents are too old to work in the garden or have disability. I found children under 10 years old were working for home, such like getting water from a far pond, cooking by themselves and digging. For them, it is so hard to pay school fees that many children are still at home, not having been to school. [...]
In all the villages, access to the water is one of the biggest challenges. Villagers need to ride bicycles to the lake with jelly cans which can contain 20 litres of water, or go to nearer ponds where the water is contaminated by soil and animals around. [...]
All water found in this area is not safe, so people should boil water before using it. However, still many families don’t boil water because of the lack of pots. [Many people] drink that unsafe water [and can end up with] disease. [...]
Joseph has told me that villagers who live in such a poor area tend to feel they are abandoned by any social system. Walking around, visiting and talking with them can let them know that there are people who love and take care of them. [...]
It is quite difficult to find what to do for the people, but as far as I have time to visit here, I keep on coming and playing with children, spending with people.”
For a detailed account of Sayaka’s visit (with pictures), click the button below!
"I am the project coordinator for Uganda (and other countries) of SES - Senior Experten Service, a German organization who sends retired experts (and also experts who are still working) on a voluntary/honorary basis to our partner countries in order to train local staff of schools, agencies, small enterprises etc.
Our Ugandan SES representative, Herbert Kisara, and I went to Magooli in order to get to know the school and the surrounding area. We have been asked by Magooli to send a SES expert in order to train the teachers in early childhood education techniques and methods. We are still searching for an adequate expert who is willing to travel to Magooli but I really hope that we will find someone very soon.
We were really impressed of this modest but beautiful small school in this very remote area of Eastern Uganda. Apparently the access to education is very limited in this area but even bigger is the problem of paying for the school fees – a challenge that can’t be met by most of the rural poor families. This is why the formation of Magooli Academy is a very important step of creating access to education for the children and at the same time opening up a path to a better future for them.
I really wish you all the best and hopefully you will find more supporters for the CCCU!!"
"They welcomed us and welcomed us for three hours. "You are most welcome" is the Ugandan greeting, expressing their sincere and gracious hospitality. The community leaders and town council members were all there. [...]
When we were all finished, we were led into one of the half built classrooms where a giant meal had been prepared for us. When you come to visit Uganda, you can be sure not to go hungry. They'll stuff you and the food is delicious. There was rice, posho, a unique cabbage recipe they make here, beans, beef, chicken, beef liver (the first live I've ever had that actually tasted good!), peas.. another special recipe, bananas.... they were so generous! [...]
As a good friend of another well known organization here says, our donations are not a hand out but a hand up. When you're in a hole so deep, a life line is helpful to begin making progress. Hope for a better future can go a long way. "
"You are going to love visiting there. The people are so nice and open to sharing their stories. The children are the happiest. The country is beautiful too and it is really quite eye opening seeing how they live. [...]
Safety: It is plenty safe to travel in Uganda. I never once felt uncomfortable or threatened when there. It's really just use common sense and don't wear expensive jewelry/clothing or have big fancy cameras/cell phones out in the open. Don't walk around at night alone. Respect their culture and values. Also arrange for transportation to and from the airport and such, as driving would be dangerous and I wouldn't trust public transportation. And then just be cautious of foods, make sure everything is cooked, don't drink the water, and even avoid vegetables that aren't cooked or fruits without thick skin. "