Uganda School Outreach Program In The Slum
Putting the community first.
Each and every week the students of Wando International’s primary school in Uganda choose a family in their community to bless.
It’s part of the community outreach program that serves as a way to establish and foster real relationships among the people who live in close proximity to the school.
The area itself, located between Upper and Lower Navaa, is an extremely impoverished area and by definition a slum. Many who live here are struggling to meet their basic needs like food, medical attention, and safe housing.
With the school being centrally located, the students along with the Wando case management team have prime access to the 2,000 people living in the community.
Each week a different team of students goes out and performs an act of service for a particular family in need.
Sometimes this means collecting fresh, clean drinking water for them, or cooking a meal, helping a family with sanitation…and sometimes it may just mean sitting beside someone and lending an ear.
Outreach In The Slum
Minutes away from the school, these two children live with their mother, father, and two younger siblings all in a one-roomed, temporary structure. Their home is extremely small, unstable and can be forced down at any time.
Their parents do the best they can to raise them all in this environment, but most days the family goes eating just one meal a day and lacking some of the most basic needs.
Knowing this about their friends, the outreach team thought it might help if they collected clean drinking water for the home and prepared a meal for the family.
Action: Lead team member Joan cooked up the traditional Ugandan meal simsim while another group of girls washed the family’s eating utensils. After all dishes were cleaned, the team washed the family’s Jerry cans and set off to fill them with fresh water!
It’s these kind of simple gestures that can really make a difference to a family living in extreme poverty. Mungujakisa and his sister, Christine, were overwhelmed by the support of their fellow classmates.
This fact remains though…Mungujakisa and Christine really are still quite vulnerable. They’re entire is family is vulnerable.
It’s from these outreaches that the needs of specific families are identified, but the action to help these families comes from people willing to advocate on their behalf.
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