Sorry for the strange posts…

27 Aug

Hey all, sorry for the last few strange posts.  One of our staff members had their account hacked and we believe a BOT was posting nonsense on their behalf.  We know your email inbox needs nothing less than more spam, and we are embarrassed it had to come from us. Please accept our sincere apologies for these extraneous messages.

With gratitude, TRP

Women of The Recreation Project

8 Mar

Here in Uganda, as in many countries around the world, International Women’s Day is celebrated as a public holiday. It is an opportunity for us to thank the powerful, vibrant, and remarkable women in our lives. Whether family, friends, or colleagues, it is important to remember how much they mean to us.

At TRP, we think of ourselves as family, friends, and colleagues. This is our chance to highlight the amazing work that our female coworkers and facilitators do for us.

From left to right:

Lamunu Irene has been with TRP for many years. She began as a facilitator  and has steadily moved up. As our Outdoor Adventure Program Manager, Irene is responsible for sculpting our programs to fit the needs of our clients. As if that were not enough, she also manages TRP’s finances (and keeps the rest of us on track). She is generous, thoughtful, and truly is TRP’s anchor. We are grateful for her every day.

Alimocan Janeth has been a facilitator for us for a long time. Her experience with our material is evident every single time she comes to work with us. We know we can call Janeth to work with any program-whether it’s the climbing club, remand home, piggery training, or even a company retreat, Janeth never fails to demonstrate complete mastery of our curriculum. Her patience and easy smile lift encourage all of us to strive to do our very best.

Brenda Ojera is one of our facilitators-in-training. Coming to us originally from the piggery training, Brenda immediately showed a knack for grasping the life skills piece of our curriculum. We decided early on that she would make a very strong facilitator, and we have been blown away by her progress. Brenda is always eager to learn more, and her gentle but focused demeanor has allowed her to progress quickly. We are truly lucky to have her on the team.

Not pictured: Irene Laguti, Aliroker Jenny.

Though two of our other amazing staff members could not be with us for the picture, we want to celebrate them as well. Irene and Jenny have both been with us for a long time. We know we can call on them both for any program. Irene has recently become instrumental in facilitating our climbing club. Jenny has a remarkable way with children, and we are always sure to call her if our program involves working with young ones.

These five women not ensure that The Recreation Project is able to function, but truly are the keepers of the spirit of TRP. We work every day to teach individuals how to support each other, how to interact healthily with their communities, and how to manage their emotions. The women of TRP are not just masterful teachers of this material; they are master practitioners of it. We are endlessly grateful, both professionally and personally, for their presence in our lives. Happy International Women’s Day from TRP.

Meet Ketty

26 Feb

The Recreation Project is excited to welcome Ketty, who has joined us for the second stage of training in the development of a pig farm. She is a vibrant and strong young woman in her early 20’s, and before joining TRP’s piggery program, she had overcome many difficult challenges and setbacks. Ketty is such a great example of the resilience and persistence that TRP sees every day, and we celebrate her success as she is now raising pigs to improved specifications.

Ketty was raised by a single mother after her father passed away when she was young. They worked together to raise local pigs, but the animals struggled to gain weight and stay healthy. In early 2017, Ketty’s mother passed away while Ketty was pregnant, and the father of the child decided to move away. With her family splintered and a baby on the way, Ketty needed to find a reliable source of income and started working as a kindergarten teacher. Unfortunately, the salary was unreliable and sometimes months would pass without payment.

Ketty learned about The Recreation Project through a friend who was participating in TRP’s first round of IMO piggery training, and she decided to enroll in the second round. Having spent some time around pigs, she worked hard to gain a deeper understand of the animals and shelters, and eventually began restructuring her piggery to make it more secure and stable for the piglets.

Now, Ketty is successfully raising her piglets to a much higher standard. The piglets are growing healthy and strong in their improved homes. Ketty has shown remarkable resolve, determination, and patience, and through TRP’s life skills and piggery training, she has developed even more confidence and take on challenges in extraordinarily difficult times. We are immensely proud of her, and cannot wait to see what she’ll take on next.

A Letter from our Executive Director

5 Feb

Dear Friends of The Recreation Project,

My name is James Wagenschutz and I’m am thrilled to be The Recreation Project’s new Executive Director!  Eleven years ago, my college roommate and good friend, Ben Porter, embarked on a journey around the world to help others through active healing experiences.  It is in this vision and good faith that I carry the torch forward in providing the operational efficiencies and fiscal sustainability to provide inspirational healthy spaces for youth to reclaim courage and self-belief, ignite resilience and develop life skills through outdoor adventures.

With a diverse background in health and wellness programming development and implementation, leadership in sport, fundraising, building collaborative partnerships and a life traveled exploring the outdoors, I am bullish on the future of TRP.  As a field employee of Outward Bound in the early 2000’s, I experienced first-hand accounts of transformative positive behavior change and unrelenting courage through active team building experiences.  More recently as an Academy and Performance Director for a youth soccer club, I worked tirelessly to ensure that the administration and operations would be carried out smoothly and in the best interest of the youth by forming strong partnerships in the community.  Collectively, 15 years of working at non-profits gives me a unique insight and ability to collaboratively guide TRP’s vision and mission.

I am a dynamic educator and leader who believes in the power of human connection through social experiences, reflection and opportunities for individual growth and perseverance.  The staff we have currently are doing exceptional work and they need our continued support.

The Recreation Project is well positioned to enhance the rock climbing and bouldering walls in Northern Uganda, expand its’ mobile offerings, diversify its enhancement of local skill development, and continue our transformative work in the Remand Home.

I hope you’ll join me, the past and current staff, the Board and your fellow friends of The Recreation Project to help thousands of youth ignite resilience and develop life skills aiding in a better humanity and healthier connected world.

You can contact me at james@therecreationproject.org

In health,

James

Join us in Welcoming our New Executive Director!

2 Feb

The Recreation Project is excited to welcome our new Executive Director, James Wagenschutz!

James is an educator, teacher and licensed sport performance coach and director. A former field employee at Outward Bound, national anti-doping manager, collegiate soccer coach and academy director with over 15 years’ experience in the non-profit sector, he is well poised to lead TRP’s efforts in Denver, CO.

With an undergraduate degree in Exercise and Sport Science with a concentration in Wellness Program Management and a Masters in Sports Medicine, James brings a unique view and experience in facilitating healing experiences via outdoor adventure and sports.  He has managed a budget in excess of $3M, formed partnerships generating hundreds of thousands in budget revenue or savings, managed the VIK allotment for a FIFA World Cup and spearheaded a brand-new nationally competitive Academy program from the ground up.

As a former TRP board member of two years, he has traveled the country and the world educating others in sport science, sport performance, behavior change and overall health programming.  James currently resides in Colorado with his wife and two young children who all love to play in the outdoors and stare at the stars at night.