After spending two years incorporating The Aninga Project in Nova Scotia, registering the organization as a Canadian charity and expanding the number of girls who we support from one to seven, it was time for Jenny Benson to go back to Uganda to visit the girls our organization supports and our volunteers there.
Edron – our Ugandan Marketing and Communications Director – and Jenny began a grueling cross-country road trip which allowed us to meet with all seven girls who we support and their teachers, at their five different schools. First they drove from Kampala to the northwestern part of the country to Arua to meet with Faiza. They saw her school and met with school officials; then they spent an evening with her five younger siblings for whom she is the sole caregiver. From Arua they headed even further north to Koboko District – bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo – to visit with Aninga, Viola Deny, Adania Eunice and Scovia. Having left Koboko District, they traveled to the northeast to Gulu – close to Sudan – to meet with Akello Rebecca and spend some time with her brother and his family. They returned to Kampala for a night before heading southeast to Masaka to visit with Jacqueline; they met with her parents and teachers and saw her school.