Fount of Mercy
June 4, 2012
I traveled to Uganda to volunteer with Fount of Mercy for the month of January this year. I was leading an Art Camp for children from several different villages and orphanages that FOM frequently works with. When I got to Uganda, all of the details of the camp were already in place. Ugandan translators had been hired and were always there excited to work with me, all of the supplies that I needed were ready, transportation for the children was set up and in place...it was smooth and effortless because they had handled all of the details for me before I got there. Camp went incredibly well. I was impressed with the relationship that FOM has with the community leaders that they work with. The last 2 weeks that I was in Uganda I worked on several other projects and saw how much growth there has been over the past year. The Vocational Training Program has been training sewing teachers in a new curriculum so that they can go on to teach in their communities. There are great things happening and I see so much hope for the future. I can't wait to go back to Uganda and volunteer with FOM again.
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Fount of Mercy
March 29, 2011
I spent the month of January volunteering with Fount of Mercy in Jinja, Uganda. I have been involved on the state side of things for about a year, but really didn't know how much FOM does until I was able to be there in Uganda and see it first hand. I worked mostly with the director of the Community Health Initiative to write and direct short skits that taught really important lessons about safe sex, living with HIV/AIDS and the problems that young girls face with dangerous "sugar daddies". We had several Ugandan youth that helped us translate the skits and also act in them. We then took the skits to several different day camps. After performing them we would have an question and answer session with the kids. It was awesome. One day we had about 50 girls that were able to ask very important questions about puberty, hygiene and their bodies. They were so gracious and thankful to us for letting them talk freely and openly about these subjects. I think they were just really glad that they could get some answers. Fount of Mercy is run by some very dedicated, hard working people. I am so impressed with how many different programs they are running. I think that there is a lot of room to grow in the community health initiative and I think they are on the right track. FOM inspires and encourages the people that they work with to have hope for a better life. They want to work hand in hand with the people in the communities and educate them in things that they can use to support their families. It doesn't feel like a charity. It feels like a family of people that truly love and inspire eachother. There is still so much that can and will be done. We have been talking about doing some programs for teenagers and women that address women's health issues. And developing reusable feminine hygiene products which would be life changing for so many women. I can't wait to go back and continue working with them. It was a totally life changing experience for me. I feel so blessed to have been a part of it.
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I got to know a few of our Ugandan translators very well. One girl's name is Rita. She has been helping with FOM camps for about a year. She is 20 years old and grew up in an orphanage in Uganda. She repeatedly told me that she is "the luckiest one" because she is learning so much from the Fount of Mercy staff. Volunteering with the Community Health Initiative has inspired Rita to go to nursing school. She wants to continue to learn and educate her community about things she has learned from the camps.
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It is hard for me to think of something to put right here, because I honestly can't think of anything I would really change. I think that Fount of Mercy is lacking the PR that it needs to get the regular donations that it needs to survive and grow. I think that if more people in the states were aware of the great things going on in Uganda, it would make a big difference. FOM has a small staff and there is so much to do, I don't think that advertising and fundraising are very high on the priority list.
Volunteer & I helped run Community Health Initiative kids camps.