Angella is an ICS Volunteer and Youth Reporter from Uganda who has just finished her placement.
with Restless Development was the most I had ever felt out of my comfort zone.
Although I grew up in Uganda’s capital city, Kampala, my life has never been as
challenging as my time in Kitimbwa. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed every second
of my time in that village.
experience is not just about different people coming together to create change,
which was wonderful, but it’s also about how my overall mindset and perspective
in Uganda, the things we watch, listen to or even hear other people say, often
show westerners represented as superior to us, with their lives all figured
out. This notion of racial superiority is wrong and inhumane.
While on the
ICS programme I realised that Westerners are just as vulnerable as we Africans
are. We can all succeed and achieve great things if we can access the same
It’s so sad
that as humans, we often don’t realise the positive power we each have through
our differences. It’s with programmes like ICS
where we realise that there is power in unity.
Let’s not be afraid of our differences and think of them as reasons to be divided, but let’s allow them to compliment each other and be the reason we come together to make positive change in communities.
'Being a reporter gives me an opportunity to get a different perspective of life through someone else's eyes or opinion. As a reporter, one gets to capture moments in other people's lives, moments that make them laugh, smile and cry.'