Background: Attended Gulu High school. Excelled in Physics, Biology, and Chemistry. Works part-time as a laboratory assistant for the high school.
Interests: participating in athletic events. Sports provides a “positive distraction” in Charles’ life. Charles was an orphan by age 5; he has dreams of becoming a doctor.
“I grew up as an orphan and street kid. This hasn’t stopped me from trying to transform my situation and my dream of being a doctor. I am committed to helping other young people transform their tough situations through encouragement and cooperative sports.”
I tell the kids “where you are is not the end of your life. Better things are ahead.”
“Doing things for others, even when you’re struggling, helps us come out of our problems.”
Background: Attended Gulu High School where she was the Prep. and Light Captain (resident assistant). Her Advanced-level high school years were spent at Sacred Heart Girl’s School where she was a member of the AIDS Challenge Youth Group, the Vice Secretary for the Peace Club and the General Secretary for the Young Christian Society. Jossie is actively involved in local politics in her role as the Secretary for Female Affairs in her village.
Interests: Jossie is active in her church as a member of the choir and dance team.
“I am passionate about seeing girl’s and women’s ideas respected and considered”
Background: Emma is in his second year at Gulu University and will receive a degree in Information, Communication, and Technology—and says that he looks forward to the day he gets a PhD Emma is a new member of our Facilitator team and is already known for his quick wit and positive attitude. He likes turning questions around and getting participants to think outside the box.
Interests: He is a sportsman at heart and competes in football, basketball, badminton, and volleyball. When weather prohibits him from being outside he enjoys a game of scrabble or chess.
His nickname in the forest is, “the happy gentleman”!
Background: Kichel is a former TRP Climbing Club member. He came to TRP when invited by the local Councilor to join a club that provides weekly training sessions in climbing and life skills. He is one of many who came to town to seek refugee from the rebels, and spent his nights at the nearby hospital.
Kichel is the second born of 9 siblings. His father is a farmer and cultivates bananas, sugarcane, and raises fish, and bees.
“I am so proud of my job at The Recreation Project. As the leader of the climbing club, I learned how to deal with my age-mates who used to show up to sessions drunk—it hasn’t been easy. But through this process I have built a lot of confidence in myself and have become a very determined person”
Background: Rubangakene came to Gulu town in 1996 when violence pushed people from his village to nearby trading centers or towns. He is a former climbing club member that was invited to the club by a fellow volleyball player. His team “Ker meri ubin” (Thy kingdom come) was practicing when he eagerly accepted the invitation to try the new sport.
“Some of us (climbing club members) had nothing to do. But after being part of the club, we realized that we could actually pick ourselves up and keep trying. The Wilderness Excursion was a changing point in my life and many of the other guys. I got a new perspective of myself, and knew that I had new horizons”
“Working with TRP has allowed me to support my ageing parents and sustain myself. I always remind the guys at the climbing wall to preserve—we never know how high we can go.”