Born in Captivity

28 Jan

As we enter a new year at The Recreation Project (TRP), we are reaching out to develop new partners and reconnecting with those who have worked with us in the past. Last week, we had the privilege of working hand-in-hand with Empowering Kids in Uganda (EKU), an organization that works closely with children born in captivity during the conflict here in the North. They focus on providing education, developing a stable home life, and finding employment opportunities for the youths with whom they work.

EKU and TRP have been strong partners for several years. As is tradition, the youths came to TRP for two days and two nights, during which we worked with them on leadership development and relationship building. The benefit of a multi-day program is remarkable. We at TRP are given the chance to develop strong bonds with these youths, creating a very powerful and impactful program. Many of the participants have worked with us in past years and are familiar with our work and how we go about teaching conflict resolution and critical thinking.

Our ability to witness the growth and development of these youths over the years is encouraging and comforting for us as well. Though the stories of some of these individuals may initially inspire sadness or frustration, seeing them grow into themselves and embrace life is an incredible reminder of why we are here at TRP. Hearing them discuss the best way to complete the Impossible Wall or listening to them cheer on their friends as they prepare to take the Leap of Faith, we are reminded of the value of teaching support, listening, and respect to all those that come through our facility.

Our partnership with EKU is a strong and important one. It is a privilege to work with organizations that are committed to changing lives. We hope that students learn as much from their experiences here as we learn from them.

NOTE: No pictures or names are included in order to protect the anonymity of the students and their caretakers.

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