Ruhija Little Angels Orphanage School
To give or not to give, that’s not the question.
The question is who to, how much and how often.
Ok, so maybe that’s 3 questions, but you get the gist.
The answer was extremely obvious the day we walked down that little red dirt track to Little Angels Orphanage in the tiny village of Ruhija, a remote outpost of Uganda.
There’s nothing quite like 300 plus African children giving you their all in a private concert to stir your emotions. Those huge brown eyes, massive grins and pure hearts will have you spellbound and questioning your values and morals on everything you’ve done in your life to this point.
This is where we found ourselves in September 2018. A remote village in Uganda, a stepping off point for the country’s most sought after animal encounters, gorilla trekking.
This is what we walked into…
We were incredibly mesmerized at what we saw. More than three hundred children, one incredibly selfless woman, Happy (best name ever!) and a hand full of faithful staff, all giving of themselves what they could to offer the children a hand up, a way out and an opportunity to elevate themselves from the cards they’ve been dealt.
We witness their struggle, we cried privately, we shared what we saw with you.
And you responded.
Fast forward 12 months, a charity golf day, an online fundraiser and a Facebook campaign we collected combined donations totalling $17,485 (reducing to $14,837 after costs for the fundraising golf day).
A mighty result by a tight community of travellers, giving souls and kind hearted business owners have banded together and made magnificent progress and difference in the lives of over 300 children.
From monies raised to date I’d love to share the progress we’ve made together and the impact we’ve had on the lives of these amazingly resilient children.
The first dollar amount given was sent as a ‘one off’ to purchase food and wood for fire as there was a desperate need for both as they came off their dry season. Food was scarce and the children were travelling miles daily to collect water and forage for wood.
We then funds to complete the partially built boys’ dorms. The boys had been sleeping in what was essentially an unfinished 4 walled room with no windows or door.
As you can imagine, ordering and receiving materials isn’t anywhere as easy as we experience in first world countries. It’s waiting for a vehicle to come your way and is often a mix of materials, people, animals etc. and weather always plays a role in whether or not the delivery makes it to you in a decent time frame.
Next job is building additional classrooms. This is project is currently underway as seen in the video with great progress being made to date. We anticipate one complete classroom and crossing fingers for we will almost finish a second. Donations can still be made to ensure the two classrooms reach full completion.
It has been a fantastic project and one that has changed the lives of the children at the orphanage school. Happy asked a few of the children record this thank you message to show their appreciation.
ACCOUNTING showing the distribution to date.
Less fundraiser costs: $2,648
Total funds available: $14,837
One off payment food & water $ 2,259
Cost to complete boys dorm: $ 2,279
Progress payment for classrooms: $ 5,100
Balance of last progress payment: $ 5,199 to be distributed next progress payment.
Trailblazers Travel has a once in a lifetime bucket list adventure small group tour travelling to Uganda which includes a visit to the Ruhija Little Angels Orphanage School where you can see the work and meet the children first hand.
Think all-inclusive gorilla trekking, African wildlife safaris, immersion and interaction with locals and small local villages, quad biking and dinner with locals and a boat cruise on Lake Victoria. You can find all the info here.
If you’re feeling the desire to donate, every dollar makes an impact and would be hugely appreciated. You can make a donation here.
Have burning questions? Feel free to reach out to Bel at Trailblazers Travel who is facilitating the construction and is in constant contact with Happy in Uganda.
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