I think the best place to start when talking about our trip is the organization we worked with, Victory Community Care Services (website to come as soon as Jared has it up and running). Victory Community Care Services is a non-profit organization based out of Kabale, Uganda and was started by Pastor Edward -an amazing man of God that reminded me so much of my own father, if they ever met they would be great friends.
The goal of VCCS is:
To further provide Christ centered services for the relief of poverty, sickness, suffering, distress, misfortune, destitution particularly with both vulnerable children and youth, working proactively and collaboratively with all stakeholders to enhance the physical, social, emotional and spiritual well-being of people.
VCCS aim to further impact and improve the status of those living in poverty through income generating activities and social development activities. Income generating activities therefore, are not an end in itself, but a means to achieve the overall goal of improving the status of the impoverished. This implies that the project supports those income generating activities which contribute considerably to improving sustainable socio economic outcomes within the communities.
Victory works in the community in a couple of different ways, they run a home and school called Akanyijuka for orphans (more on that later), a home for boys that used to live on the street called Humura (lots more on this to come), loans for people who need vocational training, they are in the process of starting up community gardens and also have visions of opening up a Christian leadership college.
It really is a great organization and God is doing so many wonderful things through it.
And just some random snapshots from the drive from Entebbe down to Kabale, like a highway worker catching a nap:
Chickens tied to a trunk: