Accomplish supporter Liz Bulkeley travelled to Uganda in March this year as part of the Accomplish team. Here she gives an account of her experience, and the effect it has had on her.
“From the orchestra of the tropical creatures at night, to the beauty of an early morning sunrise, from the challenge of visiting those living in poverty, to the inspiration of seeing how lives are being changed by the work of Accomplish, my first trip to Africa has created many special memories. The team was great and as supporters, we were looked after very well by Chris and Becca, two of the trustees who led us.
Accomplish has been my first experience of supporting a fairly small charity; until this point my links have been with much larger charities working in a number of developing countries around the world. With Accomplish I have been impressed with the scope of the work, the relationships with the projects and the skills and leadership of the trustees. The outreach of Accomplish is amazing and a real testament to God’s provision and faithfulness.
During our trip we were privileged to visit all four of the projects supported by Accomplish. A particular highlight for me, as a teacher, had to be the primary school for children with disabilities in Kasese; to understand how the school has developed, to hear the stories of some of the children and to witness the children’s confidence and learning was brilliant. The ethos of the school was wonderful and a witness to the community in changing attitudes towards children with disabilities and developing the potential they have.
One of the most difficult moments for me, was arriving at a small house to find a child alone, in the dark, sitting on the floor, rocking and calling out with a few pieces of food lying on the dirt around her. Our arrival had attracted the attention of other local children, so we were able to find out a little more of her story. Unable to walk, and too big to be carried, her mother leaves her at home while she goes to pick coffee in the hills. The closest family member we met was her brother, who was tasked to help by keeping the child hydrated with regular drinks. Recently, there has been some encouraging news, that there have been several more visits to the household with a small toy provided, measurements made for a wheelchair and the possibility that doctors at the local hospital may be able to improve the child’s very poor sight.
The most unexpected event was when we were asked to physically present (as in pass over!) pigs in Fort Portal – one element of the Christmas campaign last year. The pigs offer income-generating opportunities to carefully chosen families of disabled children. We were able to visit some of the children (and pigs!) who had benefited from previous gifts.
As a Christian, through these experiences I’ve grown in my understanding of God’s heart of compassion. It’s also been a great opportunity to experience the body of Christ in action, from the prayers of supporters here through to sharing with Christians in Uganda.
While there is much more that I could say (and hundreds of photos I could share!), I’d like to finish by saying that your support is making a real difference to changing the lives of disabled children and their families in Africa. I’d strongly recommend taking the opportunity to join the next supporters’ trip in March 2018 if you are able.”
Thank you so much to Liz for taking the time to write this piece. If you would like to speak to Liz further about her experiences in Uganda, please contact Accomplish for her details.
If you would be interested in accompanying our team and visiting our partner organisations in March 2018, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you to further discuss the opportunity.