VYNERS STUDENTS CLICK WITH RUKIGA
Nine Vyners sixth form students recently enjoyed the ‘trip of a lifetime’, when they spent two weeks in Uganda experiencing the country’s remarkable range of wildlife and landscapes, travelling to national parks and lakes and even climbing Mount Gahinga on the Rwandan border.
The particular highlight of the trip however, was the time spent in Rukiga, the area in South West Uganda which has been linked to Ickenham for the last six years. This link, initially inspired by the efforts of our two churches under the leadership of Mike Whitlam, has since been taken up by the wider community. The involvement of our schools has really taken this link to the next level, and this was the largest group from our midst so far to make the journey to visit our new friends.
The visitors befriended their fellow students at Kamwesi Parents’ School, and shared in their lessons, sports, cooking and other cultural activities. Prior to the visit, a host of fund-raising activities by Vyners’ staff, students and their parents allowed for gifts to be purchased for the Ugandan school. These included three new desktop computers, and the visitors used their Vyners’ learned IT skills to set these up, and instruct their hosts in their use.
After the trip, the elated students wrote, “The whole experience was amazing! Not only did we have the opportunity to immerse ourselves in a completely different culture, we also met some wonderful, friendly people, and travelled around a beautiful country. We even picked up some cooking skills that are bound to prove useful at University this coming year!”