On 18th July 2016 the Cultiv8 team set off for two busy weeks in Uganda. The team of 20, ranging in age from 16 to 76 years old, brought with them many diverse skills. For many, it was their first experience of Africa and you could feel the excitement and anticipation as we waited at the airport.
We spent time in two Fields of Life partner schools; Maranatha Primary School and St Marg-Lex Primary and Nursery School. The welcome we received at both schools was overwhelming, we were greeted with smiles, hugs and lots of singing and dancing! Each team member, with the support of our fantastic link workers Caleb and Scovia, worked hard to ensure the programmes at both schools were successfully implemented.
Every morning we shared the story of Joseph through teaching, drama, songs and quizzes. This theme was reflected in our crafts, with multi-coloured bracelets, bookmarkers and tambourines. In addition, we taught sports, first aid, oral hygiene, ‘I AM GIRL’ sewing classes, study skills and teacher training in child protection and business sessions. We also did painting and light manual work at both schools.
Highlights of the trip included team members meeting their sponsored children, providing meals at both schools, buying Bibles for 400 children and purchasing mattresses and bunk beds for the girl’s dorm at St Marg-Lex School.
Thanks to all who generously supported our Cultiv8 team. This enabled us to fund the drilling of three boreholes, providing clean, safe drinking water to approximately 3,000 people. We had the privilege of meeting the community and officially opening one of these wells in Pallisa District.
We were humbled, challenged and blessed immensely. We give all the glory to God for what was achieved on our trip and do pray that He will bless the communities we visited and work in our own lives as we settle back in Ireland.
Katie Laverty, Cultiv8 2016 Co-Leader