GYDA – How its getting done!

20 Nov

When we thought about building an adventure-based therapy program in Africa that could meet the stringent safety guidelines of the US and still achieve our goals of providing a compelling and exhilarating experience for war affected youth we knew there would be some challenges.

Our assumptions were true and it has been quite an adventure to figure out how to get everything done.

This post is dedicated to the amazing folks at the Gulu Youth Development Association (GYDA). I think Ben has posted about some of the previous work that GYDA has helped us with but the truth is they have been with us in some form almost every day we have been at the site building. Without them this experience would have been a lot harder and a lot less fulfilling. Here is a link to GYDA’s website

The GYDA guys started helping us with the perimeter fence and have continued to assist us in building the high and low elements as well as the rehabilitation of our storage container.

Because we don’t have expensive equipment to do tough jobs we rely on the GYDA boys to teach us how to do things the manual way. From moving and placing massive trees or shipping containers to mounting zip-line platforms, the insight and effort that they offer us is invaluable. Here are a few photos that show off some of the work these guys are helping us with.

I say it all the time to the guys but let me just say it again, thanks GYDA for all of your hard work and insight, we couldn’t do this without you!

The zip-line platform going into place

Onin welding new doors onto our container. This guy is so good at what he does its scary!

With a bit of patience we used this small cable pullent to move a tree that weighed thousands of pounds, one inch at a time, into place for our leap of faith.

One Response to “GYDA – How its getting done!”

  1. Ogeno Charles 25. Nov, 2010 at 8:31 am #

    Very happy because TRP is really being supported by the Gulu community – the progress am seeing is great and this gives me a lot of hope – I really love the relationship that TRP has created with GYDA and other organization keep it up (external and internal relationships is vital for success of any organization).


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