…a Kabubbu Chronicle from Keren Payne
In October 2017 I was privileged to take part in a life-changing experience that I will never forget; I visited the village of Kabubbu in Uganda, a dream realised.
My involvement with the Quicken Trust began in 2007 when my family added to the sum of money raised by Willingdon Primary School to enable the building of a new house for a family in Kabubbu to go ahead. From that moment on I have longed for the opportunity to visit Rosemary and her family. Finally, in the year of my 50th birthday, I was at last able to make that trip. My children now lead their own lives, leaving me free to travel and I worked hard as a host mother to foreign students to raise the money to cover the cost of the trip.
Fundraising was a fantastic experience in itself; I achieved another life-long ambition – to paraglide!
I may not have been the best at landing and had a few close encounters, but what a wonderful feeling and great fun.
Helped by my family and friends I raised the necessary fundraising money and suddenly found myself planning the trip of a lifetime. I also persuaded my partner to undertake the journey with me, not knowing what he was letting himself in for. I think he was glad he made the decision to come with me!
Planning for the trip was hard work, but very rewarding. I met up with fellow volunteers, a great bunch of very diverse people, and we worked our way through a literacy project and planned our own assembly presentations and craft activities. I was also given the task of preparing a presentation to be given to a group of farmers involved with the Graze School of Farming project in Kabubbu under the guidance of Augustin, a very knowledgeable and motivated person. Although I am well-versed in horticulture, having worked a large part of my life in the garden centre industry, this was a personal challenge for me as I had never done such a presentation before and I even had to learn how to work Power-point – those who know me well will tell you that technology is not my finest point! What it did mean for me is that I was able to go visiting allotments and garden centres to take photos, a task very much to my liking. The project really made me think about how our lives differ from those of the people of Kabubbu and part of the challenge was to find a way of explaining a way of life that was so different to theirs.
Planning the literacy project realised another ambition buried deep within me – a chance to be a teacher. Under the guidance of Anna Reid, the literacy coordinator for Kabubbu and my former employer, I worked together with Emma, a teacher also on the trip, to plan five lessons to be taught to the children in Primary year 4. Again, this really stretched my mind and made me look at things from a different perspective.
Eventually, armed with all kinds of resources and Christmas presents for all the children at the primary school (the majority from sponsor families), our small group of ten set off on the long journey to Kabubbu from Gatwick via Dubai and Entebbe. We could only imagine what we were about to experience.
To be continued next Wednesday, 2nd May…!
Join us for a travel meeting on
– Sunday, 13th May
– at Quicken House, West End, Herstmonceux BN27 4NH
– 3 pm to 5.30pm