U.S. Teacher Impacts Teachers and Students in Uganda
Ms. Jan’s story!
Wando International’s GREATEST strength comes from those who have come alongside our organization and joined us in helping us serve the most vulnerable, Women and Children.
The individuals who are our biggest Advocates?
Those who have seen the IMPACT we are making in Uganda firsthand!
Here’s what one of our strongest supporters had to say about HER JOURNEY from a last minute volunteer trip in Uganda, to becoming an advocate for students AND teachers in Uganda.
Teacher Testimonial: ‘Ms. Jan’
“I was first introduced to Wando International by my daughter, a Glendora Vineyard Church pastor, in 2014. She was planning to go with the Huos to Uganda and invited me to join her. At the last minute, she couldn’t go, so I was on my own!!
It was SUCH a great opportunity to not only see what was going on at the school and orphanage, but also to get a glimpse of the VISION for what was to come.
In my four trips to Jinja, Uganda I have seen many of their plans come to fruition. I am sure there are more to come.
Wando’s primary school has undergone GREAT transformation, and as a teacher, it is so encouraging to see.
The first time I went, there were many children outside the fence dreaming about going in. Simply hanging on the fence for the entire day.
Since then, NEW CLASSROOMS have been built and qualified teachers have been hired and trained.
Now those students are on the inside, getting an education.
I was so thankful that my church could become involved by donating over 100 LBS. OF SCHOOL SUPPLIES that helped turn bare classrooms into inviting learning environments.
We also helped meet the government’s requirement that all students have uniforms. It was so fun to see each child with new clothes when I returned.
With money donated by friends, I was able to buy curriculum and supplies the teachers needed while I was in Uganda. The school now has a well kept play yard with a flagpole, and two buildings!
I have seen the PRIDE the students take in caring for the school.
People in our church have also become advocates.
My husband corresponds with his student Nangobi often, and I had the joy of taking letters and presents to Precious, a student that my granddaughter is connecting with through the Child Advocacy Program.
I have spent time in the homes of the families in the slum and seen how their needs have been noted and met by Wando’s staff. Children have gotten the medical attention they so badly needed and dire circumstances have been addressed.
I know that community support is a MAJOR focus. Social workers, police, and the village counsel are all part of the Wando team.
I am still AMAZED that so many changes could come so quickly.
It has been a JOY for me to put together gifts for the mamas, teachers, and workers to let them know how special they are, and that what they do matters.
Going to Uganda with Wando International has expanded my circle of friends both here and there.
I have shared LOTS of experiences with my teammates—some funny and some scary! I have also had the privilege of sharing the lives of the workers in the field.
Their love for the students and their families always inspires me.”
THANK YOU MS. JAN FOR SHARING YOUR STORY WITH US!
This is just one story of an AMAZING teacher who impacted Wando’s school in the slum.
If you’d like to learn about MORE WAYS you could get involved and make an impact, check out MICHELLE’S ADVOCACY STORY!