I had done some volunteer work in the past but was still in search of an organisation that I truly believed in and connected with. Thankfully a kindred spirit who I met on my travels introduced me to Orphfund. Knowing that she was involved instantly gave me the reassurance that there must be something different about this one and after doing a little more research myself I had a profound sense that it would change me forever and it has.
Orphfund is a grass roots organisation, 100% volunteer based with a founder and team that are so instantly accessible and involved in every way. You feel as though you have become part of a beautiful family, all sharing the same hopes and goals of making the world a better place one child and one school at a time.
After a lot of fundraising and planning, with so much love and support behind me, I finally made it over to Uganda in 2014 and met up with the rest of the volunteers as we made our way to Kasese. We were all buzzing with excitement to meet the kids at the Orphfund orphanage and get to work on building them a new school, as well as helping with many other aspects of the kids’ wellbeing during our time there.
Meeting the local Orphfund team members and learning about the many sustainable projects in the community and surrounding areas of Kasese was incredibly inspiring and encouraging! But nothing prepared me for getting to know the kids, learning about their difficult backgrounds and then hearing them speak about their hopes and dreams for the future. These kids are so bright, motivated and appreciative of everything they have but many of them also have a deep desire to help others and create more positive change in the world. It made me feel incredibly grateful to have had some part in that.
Having Grown up in Africa, the whole experience was a very personal and emotional one for me. And on that note I would just like to share one of my favourite African words and it’s meaning with you:
Ubuntu – which simply means ‘I am because we are’
I would encourage anyone, who has ever thought about having a positive impact in a way that is meaningful to them, to put their hands up and become part of the Orphfund family. There is a great need for help right now but the rewards are beyond anything you might imagine. Myself, Jonathan, Steve (the founder) and a bunch of previous and new volunteers are off to Kasesse, Uganda again in March to spend time with the kids, work on various projects and create a little magic with my COLOUR OUR STORY prjoect. We will keep you posted on what happens. To find out more about Orphfund visit http://www.orphfund.org
COLOUR OUR STORY – UGANDA
Last year I started my own little project with a big heart, COLOUR OUR STORY. An educational and inspirational journey, connecting creative young minds across borders. The outcome of the COLOUR OUR STORY – UGANDA project will be in the form of colouring in books and cards (drawn by kids in Auckland, Melbourne and Uganda) and sold to kids from this part of the world to colour in, with all profits going to the organisation. Read more here – http://www.heartofgood.com/colourourstory/