10th Anniversary of youth mission trips!
Seven Youth Leaders and young people are engaged in the YF Uganda Training Programme in preparation for our mission to Uganda between 14 July – 6 August 2017. It will be exactly 10 years since the team from Youth Fellowship set out on the first YF Uganda Mission which led to the establishment of the Rock of Joy Trust and the subsequent YF Uganda Mission trips every two years since then, and adult trips on alternate years.
A medical team under the leadership of Stephen Blair will also be trained to provide health care to remote villages in Uganda. We have also commenced the leadership training of the younger leaders on the team. A further six young people will receive training in order to prepare them to preach at Lungujja Church and Antioch Church.
Individual fundraising is progressing well, and we have the following group fundraisers planned in the near future. We would appreciate your support for these events. Please check our What’s On page in the coming months.
As well as teaching, holiday clubs, running large Sunday schools, community tours and practical work, we will be developing the three projects which we started in the summer 2015 Mission and were built on by the Adult team who visited Uganda in 2016.
Firstly, the ‘Mosquito Net Project’ where we will buy a large number of nets in Kampala for the four schools and communities we will be serving, and provide education for children and their parents on the correct and effective use of nets and other malaria prevention. The young people will then visit local homes and assist with the putting up of nets and further education to the families on how to use them. We are excited about this project because, sadly, malaria remains a major cause of death in Uganda, and has affected children in our Rock of Joy schools with tragic results.
Secondly, the ‘Dental Health Project’ where we train our young people to provide dental health care and education for local people. This will include effective cleaning, advice on diet and education to dispel the myth that chewing on sugar cane is good for your teeth!
We plan to take toothbrushes and toothpaste with us. And also to train the Ugandans how to make a brush using local wood.
Thirdly, we will continue the ‘Menstrual Health Project.’ This project seeks to address the major problem of absence from school amongst poor girls in Uganda due to both the lack of sanitary products and to myths circulating. We will run lessons for older girls in our primary schools and help girls to make sanitary products using locally resourced materials.
We plan to develop this part of the programme to relationship and sexual health education together with lessons for boys covering specific topics relevant to them.
If you would like to make a financial contribution, please send it to the Parish Office in a clearly marked envelope ‘YF Uganda 2017 donation.’ Cheques payable to: ‘Heswall PCC – YF Uganda.’
Christine Blair, YF Leader