Creating a childhood and opportunity for orphans in rural Uganda
A Peace Corps Camp at the Blue House
Charles Lilley, brother of HMI board member Karen Lilley, is serving in the Peace Corps in Uganda. When Karen visited him and the Blue House in March, 2017, Charles planned a Peace Corps Camp for the girls and training for the Kazo community.
Four other Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) from around Uganda helped Charles to run the camp: (left to right on slide one) Scott Walters, Mackenzie Leonard, Charles Lilley, David McHolland, and Kelly Drummond.
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They all enjoyed a fun weekend of hands-on learning about topics such as nutrition, health, hand washing, and malaria. They played fun games, which sometimes had lessons hidden in them. The older girls made reusable menstrual pads (RUMPS), learned about HIV/AIDS, and received straight-forward answers to any of their sensitive questions. All ages learned how to dig a permagarden, using techniques that store extra water and nutrients deep in the ground, allowing vegetables to grow year-round, even during dry seasons.
The PCVs also provided sessions to benefit the town of Kazo They dug a demonstration permagarden behind the Catholic Primary School, taught financial literacy to local farmers, and taught RUMPs at the sewing school.