We have recently been putting together a new volunteer section
on the website so people can easily access all the information they will need, should they decide to make the life changing trip to Suubi Centre in Uganda. While doing this, we contacted some of our past volunteers to see if they would mind writing testimonials
about their time at Suubi. Not only were they more than willing to share their experiences, but they were keen to tell us about how their time in Uganda has helped to shape the lives they are leading today. It is wonderful to realise, that just as our name (HUG - Help Us Grow) suggests, many of our past volunteers have been inspired by what they experienced at Suubi and have gone on to help make a positive difference in the world themselves.
For example, in 2011 we had two compassionate and enthusiastic young women in Hannah Corcoran and Chantelle Bell spend six weeks at Suubi with us. Their visit shone a light on how truly fortunate we are to have been born in this part of the world, and this in turn inspired them to want to initiate something themselves that will have a positive impact on other people's lives in the future.
It was exciting to hear that since Chantelle's return she has establish an immersion program in East Timor. Students from St Augustine's College, where she teaches, along with their family and wider community memebers, now spend time at a sister school in Assirimou Village. Since this initiative began they have completed many projects including craft, water sanitation and education. And on top of all that, they have recently established a woman’s sewing group named ‘Esperansa’ which has been inspired by the Suubi Craft Ladies!
Hannah, on the other hand, was instrumental in establishing a volunteer trip for fellow medical students, from Monash university, to spend time at Suubi Clinic. The annual Team:MED trip has proven to be highly succesful as it allows the Aussie medical students and Ugandan medical staff to work side by side and learn from each other.