This blog post is written by Amanda Scoville, who has just started volunteering with us for 2 years. Here she explains her experiences so far:
"As of Monday I finally started my volunteer position at Kids Club Kampala. Although my story only started 3 days ago, the KCK story begin 7 years ago with 2 young girls from the UK named Olivia and Corrie and a passionate Ugandan man named Sam who had a dream and a vision to bring love and hope to the vulnerable and poor children in Kampala and that my friends is exactly what they’ve done! What started out as something small in 2 communities with a few hundred children has now expanded to 17 different communities and the hundreds gradually turned into thousands. This expansion wasn’t due to them wanting to be the “Biggest and Best” for bragging rights but instead resulted from KCK working directly within the communities and with the people that live there and they have done it all within their means. Due to some of my past experience working with unorganized NGOs who lack the means to care for their communities but still can conveniently charge volunteers ridiculous fees to work for free, I did quite a bit of research before arriving to find the right one.
On that note I can honestly say without a doubt that Kids Club Kampala is something I am proud to be apart of and look forward to my next 2 years here in Uganda. For the last 3 days I have been traveling with Olivia to Katanga Slum, one of the largest slums in Kampala where KCK has made a huge impact on the community. Most African countries charge phenomenal fees for children to attend school. Over half of the Ugandan population lives on pennies a day and therefore parents cannot afford to send their children to school to receive the education they not only deserve but would be entitled to if they lived in America and other Western Countries. The conditions that these families and children live in are shocking and probably too unbearable for most of you to stomach…
KCK has built a small education center in Katanga that offers children who cannot afford to go to school an opportunity to learn two hours a day, five days a week. They range in age from babies that sit on the laps of older children to about 11 years old. They often times show up shoeless, in the same torn clothes from the day before, sometimes barely clothed at all. There is no one that forces them to come they are all there because they choose to be there but the one thing they have in common is that they all have the desire and are eager to learn and that to me at least, is pretty amazing.