We are delighted to publish another e-book with a collection of student and staff reflections from those lucky enough to be able to take part in the DCS Uganda Trip 2017. These narratives give insight into what life is like at TPC, and if you are interested in hearing more then please follow us on Facebook or Instagram @thepeacecentreuganda.
Having opened our doors to the first children back at the beginning of February 2015 we have just celebrated our 2nd birthday. What an amazing journey we have had over the past two years! We have gone from caring for 16 children in those days to now having 38!
We are privileged to have so many amazing kids in our care. Our children are so strong and resilient, and their constant infectious happiness is a continued source of joy for us all.
We want to thank all of our supporters for helping make this possible, it is without a doubt a team effort. As the old African proverb goes: it takes a village to raise a child. You may not live with the children, but you are a part of this village. Thank you for joining us on this journey!
We are pleased to publish an e-book with a collection of student and staff reflections from those lucky enough to be able to take part in the DCS Uganda Trip 2016. These narratives will give you a good idea of what life is like at TPC, and if you are interested in hearing more then please follow us on Facebook or Instagram.
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Today, 2nd February 2016 is our 1st anniversary at The Peace Centre. We had such a wonderful day as it was also Owomugisha Fortunate’s birthday, as she turned 16 years old.
We had all the board members, staff and children present, as well as a few neighbours who are also well-wishers in the community. We shared lunch, cake and soda as we celebrated, and it was such a colourful occasion.
As the Peace Centre team we are hugely thankful to all who have contributed to our successes so far, and we are already looking ahead to our next birthday in 2017!
Have a look at this video to see some stats and thoughts about the difficulties facing the millions of orphans in the world today.
The e-book 'Building Bridges to the World' has now been published! This is a collection of thoughts and reflections from the team from Dulwich who went out to spend two weeks working in The Peace Centre in June 2015. Click below to download.
We would like to welcome Angela (on the left in the photo) and Hellen (right), two children who we met and did home visits with in June, to The Peace Centre! Their stories, like so many of the kids we care for, are full of sadness, but the girls have settled in very well and we are sure the future holds a great deal of happiness and success for them both.
Welcome Angela and Hellen to The Peace Centre family!
By Mandy Yu
No one likes to be apart from loved ones. No one enjoys the heartache and tears of saying goodbye, especially when you have no idea when you'll see that person or those people again - or what will happen between meetings. However, as hard and painful as they are, the reality is that saying goodbye is a necessity of life. And I dare say, an important part of life too.
I had just sat down on the bus, which was unusually quiet and subdued, with none of the normal laughter and singing. Sitting there I was being forced to contemplate the fact that we were leaving Bukinda, we were leaving these precious, resilient children, and that our day to day lives of Shanghai was what soon awaited us. Seeing so many of these normally such happy and bubbly kids with wet tearful eyes was just too much for me. As the bus pulled away, the dam burst and my own tears began to fall. I wiped them away, but they continued to stream down my face. No amount of wiping could dry my cheeks. We'd only spent two weeks together. What had happened in that short time that turned us all into such emotional wrecks at goodbye time. Being a team of expats, living thousands of miles from home nations and friends and family, you'd have thought we'd be accustomed to this.
Was it because of that night we all spent dancing singing? It was a night without moonlight but the sky was covered by millions of stars. A power cut hit us after dinner and suddenly everyone disappeared into the dark. I started to dig for a torch in my bag when one of TPC kids started to sing. I'm not sure who it was, although my guess would be Promise, she lives to sing! “There is something today..." Suddenly more and more voices joined in. I found my torch and turned it on. With just the light of a single torch, we danced and sang. Our kids joined in too, and our teachers. One song after another our singing and dancing carried on well into the night, under the light of a single torch and millions of stars.
Or was it because of that “Goodnight”? There is a girl called Joan, she is one of the littlest ones. Every afternoon when she got home from school she would come and sit beside me and we'd read or weave bags together. Once time weaving she got a cut and came to me show me to ask for help, using the local language. I didn't understand at first, but then I saw thr small wound and her Bambi eyes said everything. I gently cleaned her cut and put a plaster on. I felt that if I was too strong, her tiny arm would easily snap. After we finished cleaning the cut, she gave me a huge thank you smile and it warmed my heart. Later that night, I was standing on the balcony when I looked down towards her room and saw her lying on the bed through the window. I met her eyes and quietly whispered, “Goodnight”. She responded with that warm smile and closed her eyes and fell asleep. She looked so happy, peaceful, and safe.
Going back to that final bus journey, we all tried to say goodbye with smiles and hold back the tears, but our resolve lasted all of thirty seconds. It is so hard to say goodbye after all those fun times; it is so hard to say goodbye after you've developed such close bonds; it is so hard to say goodbye to children who've already said goodbye forever to their own parents.
But as I said before, as hard as it is, we have to say goodbye. Why? Because we need to return to our community and tell this story, we want the world to hear about the strength of these kids and their inspirational success stories. We need to continue to drum up support to keep The Peace Centre in funds. We need to return to our studies so that we can get jobs and continue to look to the future. Life goes on.
So we have to say goodbye. Just like parents have to leave teary children at kindergarten, or on their first day or school, or even their first day of University (but then it's the teary parents), saying hard goodbyes is a part of life. But we prefer to think of it not as goodbye, but au revoir, see you later.
Because we will return. And in the mean time, we will miss you, wish the best for and think of you often, safe in the knowledge that you are safe under Peace and Golden's tender care. Look after each other kids, through the good times and the bad. We'll see you next year for more smiles, laughter and no doubt, more tears.
Who are we?
A team working alongside Peace and Golden Magezi in Bukinda, Uganda, running an orphanage that will give 40 kids love, family and an education for the future...