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Join TRP for Our 2nd Brewery “Friendraiser” at Joyride Brewing Company

12 Feb

Join the TRP Denver team at Joyride Brewing Company (2501 Sheridan Boulevard, Edgewater, CO) on Thursday March 12th from 5:00-7:00pm to learn more about our vital work in Northern Uganda while enjoying craft beer and exploring another local brewery! This is not a fundraising event (although donations are always welcome), but rather an opportunity for old and new TRP supporters to get to know each other, sign up to hear about future events, and get updated on our programs and their impact.

Story Trees

7 Feb

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Once again, we were happy to invite one of our special groups to the forest for a 3-day camp.  These 17 children, born under captivity of the LRA, continue to inspire us and show us what it looks like to overcome tremendous adversity.  Our program was designed with two goals: “Knowing Yourself” and “Creating Friendship”.

One of our favorite activities is called “Your Story Tree”.  We tell them, “The next activity involves every tree in the forest”, and with wide eyes they listen to us explain that they are supposed to find a tree that “represents them.”  Afterwards, each child finds a camp counselor and explains why the tree says something who they are.

 

Amos

 

 

“I picked this tree because one day, I’m going to be big and strong” – Amos

 

 

 

 

 

Mercy

“I picked this tree because my mother died at a young age, and I need to take care of myself” - Mercy

 

 

 

As part of our wrap-up, we asked the children “What change do I want for myself by the time I return to the next camp?”  Here is what some of them said:

  • I want to be healthier
  • I want to have more knowledge
  • I want to be more social and interact with others
  • I want to be less fearful
  • I want to be more forgiving of certain people
  • I want to be more happy
  • I want to share more
  • I want to be self-reliant
  • I want to be more trustworthy
  • I want to cooperate better with other people
  • I want to be more courageous
  • I want to be less shy
  • I want to be without anger

Reflections on a visit to TRP

31 Dec

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TRP Board Member Brad Cornish and his wife Marcie came out to visit our programs in Uganda, here are some of their thoughts and reflections from their journey.

Our trip to Uganda in late October/early November was a blast, and reaffirmed our belief in the wonderful work of Ready to do relay racesThe Recreation Project!  Besides some wonderful time spent with Ben and Holly, we both had the opportunity to share some parts of our lives with our other new friends in Uganda.  This is a great over-simplification, but we found the events that The Recreation Project hold to have a lot of similarities to a Young Life camp in the United States. 

 

Marcie drew upon her eight years of Young Life leadership by conducting a half day training of The Recreation Projects wonderful facilitators.  Besides having a lot of fun in the new games and activities she taught, Marcie was able to share how these can be used to teach life lessons.

 

Brad has coached softball for 16 years, and was able to use that experience to lead a two day baseball clinic for sixty 10-13 year olds.   Many of the boys have played for a few years through TRP’s Waveland Academy, and they already have some impressive skills.  The Colorado Rockies could use some young Ugandan arms in their bullpen! Working on the rug Teaching the boys enthusiastically participate in new drills and seeing them compete in scrimmages was a thrill.

 

It was rewarding for both of us to be able to find what God has had in our lives for so many years be transferable to our new friends in Africa.  And again, we came away with a renewed respect for the how The Recreation Project is dramatically changing the lives of Ugandan youth and young adults.   Ben, Charles, Irene, Mike, and all of the other leaders/facilitators:   Keep up your remarkable work at TRP!

The 12th Day of Transformation

24 Dec

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For our 12th and final Day of Transformation, we’re celebrating the story of Odong Norbert Mao whose life has been transformed through TRP Sport’s Waveland Academy.

Since the first time Norbert put on a baseball glove there’s been no turning back for him. After only six months in Waveland’s program he became norbertone of the first boys to make it onto Waveland Academy’s all-star team from Gulu Primary School.  In his entire life he had never crossed the boundaries of Northern Uganda, so travelling with the team to the national competition was a dream come true.  Norbert is so proud of being one of the pupils in his school to travel for a competition and feels that earning the right to represent the school proves that he can do anything and become someone important in the future.  Although he was soft spoken at first, he has made friends within the team, and his teammates have learnt to believe and look up to him.

Help more kids like Norbert experience the transforming power of outdoor adventure and sports by supporting TRP.

The 11th Day of Transformation

23 Dec

Gulu giants

For the 11th Day of Transformation we’re celebrating Waveland Academy’s all-star team, The Gulu Giants.

This year the Gulu Giants played in the Ugandan Little League National Championships.  This amazing experience provided the opportunity for Gulu giantsWaveland’s students to take the skills they’re learning on the baseball diamond on the road.  This was only the second year the Gulu Giants have played in the national championships, and the team made it to the semifinal round.  During their games the team showed off their growing baseball skills, registering the only three home runs in the entire tournament! The Giants also demonstrated important life skills learned through baseball at Waveland Academy including perseverance, respect, team work, and self-esteem throughout the tournament.  The team’s enjoyment of the tournament and their practical application of these important skills clearly shows the positive impact TRP’s sports program are having on the lives of Uganda’s youth.

 

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