I love Rotary and that is the world's worst kept secret. Day in, day out, I thank the Lord for the decision I made to be part of the organisation. My close pals can confess that I have infiltrated them with Rotaract which has prompted many of them to join. From my junior days as an interactor in Namilyango College to my current status as PR Director of Rotaract Club Of Kyambogo, it has been a marvellous ride and I can only look forward to what is left on the 'Rotaract' plate til I clock 30.
This past weekend of 17th-19th April 2015, the Rotaract & Rotary Clubs of Bukoto, accompanied by friends were to be stationed in Kabutemba village, Gomba district. The advance team of about 20 Rotaractors set off for Kabutemba on Friday, 17th April 2015 aboard a very boisterous bus that didn't lack energy for any single bit. Snacks are a custom and midway the journey, many opted for the Chappati and eggs, aka The Rolex. A one Gideon, the Brand, ate about four of those but I am certain paid for only one, another notable, charter President Henry, made his own rolex i.e took over the rolex stand. We checked into Kabutemba a good number of minutes after Bukedde's famous Agataliiko news cast and we were treated to a very hearty meal. Obviously, we had to rest in preparation for what was imminently going to be a hectic Saturday.
Time check; 7am and the group's askaris Solo, the Rasta & Ssozi, the Timba were at it, banging jerrycans at our tents so we could rise up. In less than 15 minutes, we were all up and done with cleaning up. Breakfast was served and what a delicious meal it was! We got onto the bus later on and drove for a little over 5km to the project destination.
The sight of beaming smiles from the kids warmed our hearts and we knew that we were very welcome here. They did the routine songs and of course, we joined in the singing. God should resurrect some of our award winning voices though. Ten minutes into the introductions and set up, we were joined by Rotarians in the company of Guest Of Honor, Past District Governor, Emmanuel Katongole. The project entailed a safe handwashing campaign, jigger treatment, handing over scholastic materials, deworming, a medical attention camp, commissioning of classroom blocks and the mega climax-handing over a house to orphans. The day was pronounced busy from the start.
By 9:30am, everything was rolling and everyone was so busy, minding their stalls and project assignments. We had professional PR Personnel handling deworming, statisticians dispensing drugs, marketers treating patients and enterprenuers dealing in the Jiggers' department. Truthfully, everyone was happy with what they were doing.
All the pupils at the school were able to witness the opening of the new blocks, each got scholastic materials including geometry sets, pens, pencils, rulers, exercise books. Over 200 infants and 100 adults were attended to medically with our doctors of the day, yearning for more patients. The climax of the day was when 'Young Land Lord' was revealed to us and his house keys handed to him. They had transformed from a grass thatched shack bending at 37° to a brick-wall house with a corrugated roofing.
At the end of the day, fatigue writ-large on all the project participants' faces but they were all proud of what they had accomplished that day.
At about 6pm, we boarded our transport means and headed for our camping site for some rest, refreshment and maybe later, an after project evening filled with nyama choma and drinks on the rocks, not forgetting a one Dj Weewos' top notch music mixing genius. Later on in the night, we all looked for our tents so we could rest.
Just as Saturday, the askaris woke us up to Katogo breakfast accompanied by a cup of hot milk. We had to hold back our tears when the time to bid our hosts, Mr & Mrs Lutaaya, farewell. They were such wonderful hosts that everyone called them Mummy & Daddy. We were back in Kampala at Midday, Sunday, 19th April, 2015.
PS: If you google 'Kabutemba', you will get many search results to do with Rotary & Rotaract Bukoto.