I have just officially started fundraising for my Christmas trip to Uganda! There's a lot of things I want to accomplish on this trip, but the main one is celebrating Christmas day. I have always had an amazing Christmas growing up. Even when I was young, I would take family over the gifts(and yes I did love the gifts, and there were plenty) and ofcourse that deliciouse Christmas turkey. It was always a memorable day filled with laughs and togtherness. When I was visiting Uganda this June, I came to learn that a lot of the kids dread Christmas. The children who are living with relatives are often 'overworked' on Christmas forced to prepare the perfect day for everyone else. Gifts are not a big part of the day, as no one can really afford them- but it is the day for the family to not work and spend it together. Having no family can make this a very sad day.
After I left Uganda, I knew I had to return. It was especially hard for the first two months being back home. I miss them so much, and just feel almost useless over here. Continuing to fundraise for the projects really helps keep my mind in gear. My plan is to return to Uganda for 2-3 weeks this Christmas. Not only do I plan on having a Christmas celebration for the students, but during the rest of my time there I will be able to check up on the washroom fund(which is $959 away from being completed!) as well as run a "day camp" as the kids will not be in school during my visit. The day camp will basically be run everyday for the 2 week I am there. This will include organized sport games, arts and crafts, tutoring(espeically in reading and english), etc. If everything is stable, I will also be able to visit Apac. Security is an issue and it can change at any moment, but the peace they have been experiencing has been for quite some time now. I'm really hoping to be able to make it up there on this visit.
My family is sad that they won't be spending this Christmas with me, but understand that providing Christmas to these kids is a good reason for me to not be there! My mom, who came with me to Uganda really understands how much it would mean to the kids, and is pushing me to go. She is donating half of my airline ticket as my Christmas gift(!!!) It is up to me to raise the other half as well as the cost of each extra luggage I am bringing(around $25 each) The luggages will all be filled with gifts for the kids and I am not sure how many extras I will need just yet.
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