“I must say this is a great start for our two clubs. If we can seal off this project today, then the Kigali session will be even greater. Thank you Rotaract club of Kabale for allowing us to be part of this noble treat for the children.” – Amos Yegosha – President, Rotaract Kigali City (2016-2017)
November 25, 2016 – On a chilly Friday evening, in the name of service to the world -the very ambition of Rotary International, – members from the Rotaract club of Kigali City, in the massive company of the Rotaract club of SFB-Kigali invaded the hilly Kabale region.
The purpose for this trip was none other than joining the partners in service, the Rotaract club of Kabale Community based in making time to reach out to the needy children of the Kabale Regional Referral Hospital. This time was round the choice was made on those children who have been infected by HIV. Well, not that you would tell if I didn’t mention, because the smiles on their faces leaves nothing behind but life and hope. But listening to the stories they tell, that’s when you realise that the problems you face may sometimes be an opportunity on the other side of life.
So well, team Kigali City was led by the man himself, President Amos Yego (you can actually call him Yegoshaa, lately it features on his National ID anyway). The Kigali-Kabale trek that started on Friday evening ended at a destination that seemed unknown to many of them (well, at least until Saturday, 3 am). Our journey was full of nothing but adventure; starting from the private jet’s to the mesmerising story authored by one of our very own members (let’s call him ‘freedom fighter’). I will save you the details of this mesmerizing journey for now but if readers provoke enough, its worth a separate post.
But by the time we landed, everyone of us thought all they deserved was good sleep, and probably a warm bed.
By the time of arrival, some of our guys were up and about looking in all possible spots for an early hot cup of tea and a Rolex, the famous snack in Uganda you have probably heard about.
Fast forward to Saturday morning, we were received by #TeamKabale who treated us to the best delicacies that we had to share with children. The day was largely decorated by a sharing session with the children. The time we spent with these children was simply magical.
In his introduction remarks, Mwebembezi Johnson, the Senior Councillor of the referral hospital gave us a brief background of the children in this hospital and appreciated the initiative by Rotaract club of Kabale for choosing to work with the hospital.
“This i really a great initiative. We are very grateful that, of all needy groups of people in Kabale, this Rotaract club chose the children in this hospital. Thank you for thinking about us in this special way. Many of the children in this hospital are victims of abuse inflicted on them by old men. As a parent, I would like to appreciate the Rotaract clubs for such an initiative and thought of the children in this hospital i such a special way. ” – Mr. Mwebembezi Johnson, the senior Counsellor, at the Kabale Referral Hospital.
In his remarks, Johnson also called upon parents to hold each other responsible for their role in preventing the widespread of HIV among children in Kabale. He also urged parents to support all their children’s education equally to avoid their being idle.
Our massive appreciation goes to the awesome people from the Rotaract clubs of SFB-Kigali, Karura (Nairobi) Lake Victoria (Uganda) for the support. Yours was a contribution that we would never take for granted. Our revenge will be in order.
And to the members of the Rotaract Club of Kigali City, you are the best bunch of people around town!
For a preview of how things unfolded.
After the project, Rotaractors couldn’t avoid swinging by the famous Lake Bunyonyi resort beach for adventure, sight seeing and fun. But again, we were told what happens at this spot simply ends there. Kindly save your curiosity for the details of what transpired.
For more pictures of the event, click here