A Letter of Appreciation…

14 Mar

Always nice to feel appreciated!

Website Issues…

8 Mar

Just wanted to say sorry for the recent website issues. We are not entirely sure we have them all fixed so please, if you make it this far and are reading this but know of an issue, we would be grateful for your feedback.

Also, I wanted to make it clear that our donor and financial database are handled through PayPal and are not linked or accessible through this website in any way so please rest assured that no financial or donor information was accessed.

Most users who were having trouble were using internet explorer. Please try Firefox, Chrome or Safari if at all possible. Again, sorry for any inconvenience.

Weekly Update

9 Feb

Greetings friends and family. I’m in charge of writing this weeks blog, so I thought I’d give you a window into our week. The year is starting to rev-up and we’ve had the kind of week I always hope for. Two beneficiary groups, and a refresher training—led by Ogeno Charles.
The first group was a group of 20 young people from the surrounding area. I talked with the local councilor (government official) about bringing a mixed group to TRP. We wanted young leaders and youth of good repute to interact with young people known to be “trouble-makers”. On Monday our forest was filled with laughter and teamwork as stereotypes about one another were challenged.
The second group is coming tomorrow. The group of 12 boys and 2 social workers are traveling from Kampala (the Capitol city-400 kilometers South). None of the 12-14 year old boys have been to the north. They have grown up as street kids and much of their childhood has been taken from them. Our goals for tomorrow are fun, fun and more fun!
The crowning achievement (in my mind) of the week was a refresher training for our facilitators. This one was led by Ogeno Charles, TRP’s Partnership Coordinator. He did an amazing job! He trained new games, safety reminders, care for equipment, and belay techniques. At one point he said, “we have to tie these knots so well that if someone comes from Colorado they can see that we know what we’re doing”!

Building a team…..

30 Jan

A few highlights from this week:

  • Charles turned in a proposal to Handicap International which will bring 8 groups to our course.  He did an excellent job of pursuing the directors and finding out just what we needed to put TRP in a good position of winning this small grant. 
  • Robert has started training on our accounting systems and has picked things up extremely quickly.  It is exciting to see him with so much energy towards such an important part of the long term development of the organization.
  • Charles had two groups booked this week.  One was from the Gulu Remand Home which is similar to a juvenile detention center.  It was great to see our staff care about them so much and you could tell the young men felt the love.  It was another inspiring day to be at the course.
  • Robert worked the logistic side of construction on a shelter, all the food and soda for our groups, and transporting our facilitators to the course.  Everything ran very smoothly and it translated into groups being extremely happy. 
  • We brought on a new facilitator, Gipsy.  Charles did an excellent job getting her up to speed and Robert contributed and then filled in for Chuck in the areas he was taken away from during the training.

It is great to see our team not only coming together but getting stronger by the day.  I am really excited to see our local staff and their development over the next year.

Breaking the Norms!

13 Jan

Traditionally, when women and men are together, women should be quiet and men should do all the talking.  In our mixed group, we encourage all participants to learn from one another and encourage women to engage fully in the activity as well as express their thoughts during debriefing.  Moreover, it has not been socially acceptable to talk about issues to do with our bodies, size, etc… but several of the obstacles on the course deal with our physical ability, and we try to make the environment where this can be talked about.  Here is one such example.

On January 9, 2012 we brought the youth group from Gulu Bible Community Church.  They were really excited for the program.  During debriefing, a girl shared with the group saying, “I got a lot of encouragement today from this Centre.  I looked at the Spider’s Web and thought we were going to move on the strings like a spider. When the facilitator told us that we shall pass from one side to another side using the holes within the Spider’s Web, it looked like all the holes were too small. I was worried and thought to myself, ‘Will I make it since I am the fattest in the group?’   We planned together and I was encouraged to hear my group say that they were going to help me pass; and indeed they helped me to pass through. Today, I am leaving this forest more aware of the importance of supporting other people. Good planning and timing leads to success.”  

Happy New Year!  And thanks to all TRP supporters.