Bwire Humphrey is a Ugandan volunteer and Youth Reporter who has recently finished his placement.
In October, I embarked on the adventure of a lifetime to learn and support the rural community in my country on the ICS program with Restless Development. The experience was like nothing I had ever done before. I wanted to prove to myself that I can contribute to positive change in the world and wanted to start with my own country.
I was lucky to be placed in the Nanzigo Team of which comprised of young people with the most beautiful souls, mission and vision. In addition to being a volunteer, I was also given the opportunity to work as a youth reporter on the program.
I learnt a lot from working closely with the international volunteers and we adopted each other cultural behaviours. For example, using some words like ??please?? when asking for something and adding ??thanks?? in case someone greats you were not a common thing to me. Annabelle, Ciara, Ryan and Gee would remind me to use them and now I am home I say these things out of habit.
Team Nazigo UK volunteers appreciating one of Uganda?s tradition dress code.
We were not perfect and sometimes we would annoy each other but at the end of the day, we made the effort to work together to achieve what we all wanted to from the program.
There were many differences among the volunteers in my team such as ethnicity, professionalism and cultural backgrounds which created some challenges. Despite all our differences, we had a common goal to achieve on the program and that kept us going.
Teaching girls on how to make their own reusable sanitary pads in own youth corner.
People have a tendency to fear the things they don?t understand, but what they don?t realise is that the things they fear might guide them to become a better, more enlightened versions of themselves. You don?t have to agree with another person?s ideas in order to understand and learn from them. Everyone has something to offer and we all have many things to learn.
When I was growing up my Mother used to tell me that the things that made people different were what made the world go round. We appreciated all our differences by providing a variety of solutions to attempt the same challenge.
?Think of how boring the world would be if we were all the same.? ??
My team members taught me so much and I truly loved them with all my heart! Of course, I could not make everyone stay in Nazigo but there is not a day that goes by when I am not thinking of them.
I have just finished my action at home, teaching people about sanitation and hygiene so as to prevent cholera spread in Kampala. Without the ICS program with Restless Development, this would not have been possible.
Photo taken during my action after construction of a tippy tap at home on a local school in my community
I thank Restless Development for giving me this amazing opportunity. I encourage other young people to volunteer in this program that is full of learning and sharing knowledge.