Sharing stories from the ACCT 2018 trip to Uganda

June 15th, 2018

What kind of travel article would you like to read? What catches your eye, piques your interest, or speaks to your soul? When following the ACCT trip from home I look to hear stories, new developments, and explanations of how things are now running.

Honesty, my curiosity often turns to anxiety when I realize I’m behind on the blog—with our previous goal of writing one blog post per day the participants on the trip were goaded into writing often and readers had a considerable amount of homework. This year we will be posting stories from our trip throughout the year to keep readers up to date and excited for more.

Whether you’ve been on a trip and you’re Facebook friends with Caleb Rukundo or if this is your first time hearing about the ACCT, I hope this will keep you satiated for the time being.

The Amahoro School

In the Matugga neighborhood of the capital city of Kampala, the Hope at the Edge group raised money to build the first Amahoro Children’s Home in 2009. In February 2018, the completed Amahoro School opened at the same site in Matugga with the start of the school year here in Uganda.

The Amahoro Children NGO is managed by Caleb Rukundo, who has worked with a handful of organizations of the years, including the ACCT nonprofit, to raise funding for food, housing, and school fees for vulnerable children. With the opening of the new school, the youth living at the Amahoro Home no longer pay school fees to get an education. The organization’s costs now include teacher salaries, but these will eventually be offset by the school fees of the children in the Matugga area who also attend the school. Including the 50 students living in the Amahoro Children’s Home, the Amahoro School serves 227 students from preschool to 6th grade.

The ACCT is currently involved with the school in two ways: funding startup costs for the school and running a workshop for knowledge exchange between certified Ugandan teachers at the Amahoro School and educators from the US. Stay tuned for more information on the Amahoro School in its first year.

Amahoro Community School NurseryPhoto courtesy of Amahoro Community Schools, May 2018

Medical Clinics

On safari in Lake Mburo National Park in 2017, the ACCT crossed paths with a Ugandan born Doctor named Franklin Muwanguzi. As part of his practice, Franklin puts on free clinics in areas where medical care is hard to come by, such as remote villages or city slums. There is 1 medical doctor for every 20,000 people in Uganda, which can overburden local doctors and cause them to work at breakneck speed.

Members of the ACCT have been putting on informal medical clinics at Children’s homes since 2013, with limited resources and supplies from the US. This year the ACCT is proud to partner with both Jungle Medical Missions Uganda (http://jmmuganda.com/) and the Youth and Community Health Counseling Initiative for HIV and AIDS (https://www.facebook.com/ychciug/) to provide more services and more consistent care.

Working alongside local medical professionals to conduct medical clinics upgrades the services we can provide in country. The one clinic we conducted together in the first couple days of the trip showed us how much we can benefit from working alongside local expertise. I am excited to continue to be a part of cultural exchange, providing services for the community as well as cultural exchange and learning opportunities for both local and foreign specialists.

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Ntuti Village, June 2018

ACCT’s first Medical Clinic with Jungle Medical Missions Uganda

Safari

On our safari in Murchison Falls National Park, not only did we see newborn lion cubs, herds of elephants, giraffes, hippos, and a leopard, we raised money for medical clinics with Wild Excursions Uganda. Dr. Franklin and his wife Ruth run a safari guide company where the proceeds to go funding medical clinics throughout Uganda.

In Uganda, being a safari guide pays more and affords a better quality of life than being a medical doctor or lawyer. Though Franklin graduated top of his class in medical school and Ruth is an environmental lawyer with royal heritage in the Tooro tribe, they run a safari business to raise money for the free medical clinics that Franklin and his team put on in the slums and villages where medical care is hard to come by. To learn more about how to go on a break taking vacation for a good cause, visit www.we-uganda.com.

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Murchison Falls National Park, June 2018

A mother of three one week old lion cubs and ACCT members on Safari within striking distance

Our Mission and Core Values

We are aligned by our mission and core values. Check out this section at the end of each blog!

Mission Statement

We are a non-profit committed to providing educational and medical services and support to vulnerable children and their communities throughout Uganda.

Core Values

Faith: The ACCT serves people of all faiths throughout Uganda, humbly committing ourselves to the higher purpose of service within a primarily Christian population

Service: At the core of it, the ACCT is a service organization; we partner with educators and medical professionals to give our time and work alongside local experts

Respect: We work to preserve the dignity of the people we serve, showing respect for the large diversity of cultures and individuals in Uganda and throughout the world

Self-examination: Our service trips bring people of diverse backgrounds and culture closer together, challenging assumptions and beliefs for all who join us

Compassion: We seek to reduce suffering with humility and empathy—striving to show compassion through big picture thinking

 

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