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Zoo Time!

22 January 2018

Photo: Kids watching animal display. Jan-2018

Taking 96 Vlliage of Hope kids to the zoo was the task for today!!! It was a bit of a logistical challenge but the staff at VOH did an amazing job in making this happen. We boarded 4 busses at 6am in the morning and then took the 3 hour bus trip to Kampla. For most of the children this was time to the big city as many of them have never left Jinja. First we went past the airport to show the children the planes – of which they had many questions about how they work an what is inside of them.

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Winnie - taking care of business!

11 December 2017

Photo: Johann, Winnie & Friend. Dec-2017

HBI's Johann Poppenbeck recently visited the Namalel Winnie Restaurant in Jinja, Uganda. The ocassion was a sampling of professionally prepared food and hospitality services provided by one of the Village of Hope's earliest rescued orphan - Winnie! This event was part of Winnie's Hotel Management Degree assessment - you can read Johann's summary below - but first some background on Winnie's story.

Photo: Winnie at the Village of Hope, 2014

Winnie is a sweet teenage girl who as a yound girl lived in the slum with her sibling and three cousins, all of whom had lost their parents through HIV/AIDS. They were looked after by their aged and poor grandmother. Winnie worked to feed the younger children by collecting waste metals from the garbage dumps around the slum and any money earned was put towards paying for food. Winnie might sometimes have meat to eat (once a month), but mostly survived on a staple of Pocho (water and maize flour mix) and beans.

All the children and grandmother shared a single room dwelling in the dangerous slums. When HopeBuilders invited Winnie and her younger cares to the Village of Hope, she thought she was dreaming – it was so clean and safe. When Winnie was in the slums she would rise in the dark before sunrise and head to the garbage dumps early to beat the other kids to forage for metals. With her food supply now secure and living in her new home, this 'early rising' habit took Winnie some time to break!.

She could now sleep, rest and rise in the mornings with the other children to have a quiet breakfast and then think about getting off to school instead of the local garbage dump.

The following is Johann's summary of the event:

"Enjoyed being a guest at Namale Winnie Restaurant today at Jinja YMCS business and vocational training college. This was for Winnie’s practical assessment as part of her Hotel Management Degree Course - we were welcomed, seated at the table, served as if in a upmarket restaurant with a 4-course meal prepared by Namale Winnie - it was excellent and a real privilege to be there - Winnie was one of our first children to come into the @HopeBuildersInt - Village of Hope back in 2009 and is now leading the way towards taking her place in the community as a responsible Ugandan citizen - Thank You Winnie and WELL DONE!"

Start Your Engines 2018

27 November 2017

We'll soon be starting up processing for our 2017 walk on Saturday April 14. We're once again walking for the beautiful Ugandan disadvantaged children who are cared for in the Village of Hope located in the township of Jinja (second largest city outside Kampala). Here in the office we're excited to see the walk coming together. We're aiming for a huge walk and setting our fundraising target at $120,000 so we encourage you all to get involved and make 2018 a huge year for the kids. This money will mean we can rescue many more kids from the slums of Uganda.

FYI - the weather for our Saturday walk in 2018 will be 22c, sunny with gentle breezes - it may be months away but we've already booked the day so all up looks like we will have a great day's walking :-)

The GtEM Team

Village of Hope Blog

26 November 2017

Hi! Here at Village of Hope our week was more of work. Now that all candidates are done with their Exams, the business is helping mothers with some house work and the Village at large. The Village is fine,children,mothers and every body ,it's only Betty who had a malaria fever but now she is fine.)

Uganda and Village of Hope

6 February 2014

Go the Extra Mile representative Peter Jackel visited the Village of Hope durng the month of January with his son Harrison. Together they worked in the village on a number of building projects and took some time out to get to know the kids and to understand the work of HopeBuilders International.

It's important for us at GtEM to understand how the money being raised by you, is in fact being used on the ground.

You can read the report here.