What difference does a volunteer in Africa make to an individual? Well here’s an incredible story of humanity coming together.
A volunteer from Europe, Alecia, was registered into two programs, one in Uganda one in Tanzania. During her last day in Uganda she was visiting Entebbe Park, when she came across a homeless street boy. He was high sniffing petrol, as many of the street kids unfortunately are, and was bumming around the park when this volunteer approached him. She asked him questions such as ‘what’s your name’, ‘where are your parents’, and ‘how old are you’ to see if she could help him.
He informed her he was an orphan, and didn’t know his real name or any other information about himself. He was about 11. Straight away, knowing she was leaving for Tanzania in a few hours the volunteer contacted our project manager based in Uganda, to ask him what to do.
Our project manager, James, came to meet the volunteer and the boy to provide him with lunch, and to work out a plan to ensure his wellbeing. The boy was very reluctant to go with James, and was continually asking where his white friend was. She was now on her way to Tanzania…
The following day, the volunteer called James to ask about the boy, and was shocked to hear that he had refused help from James, and had returned to Entebbe Park. She decided to leave her project in Tanzania, and flew back to Uganda to find the boy again.
She found him in Entebbe Park once again, and worked with James to provide care for him in an orphanage in Kumpala.
Paul, the orphanage director, mentored the boy and provided counselling for him.
Together they gave him a new name; Diego.
Diego is now in school, being sponsored by the same volunteer who found him and literally saved his life. He is going from strength to strength, and works in the orphanage with Paul, mentoring and counselling other kids who were in the same position Diego was a few short years ago.
This is just one of a number of incredible examples of how volunteering in Uganda saves lives, and how by humanity caring and coming together, so many more lives are changed forever.
If you’re ready to write your chapter of change, submit your application to volunteer in Africa and I will work with you to find a placement that will change your life, and the lives of those you work with.