So for the past couple months I have been fundraising for Kids Club Kampala’s annual Christmas Party. Thank you to everyone who donated their items and hard earned money to give these kids the Christmas of a lifetime! The Kids Club Staff and volunteers have been working hard for months now to make sure this event would be a success and every second of work was absolutely 100% worth it! I’m approaching my 6 month mark as a volunteer with Kids Club Kampala and am so proud to be a part of this wonderful organization! I’ve grown to love these children as if they were my own and they bring me so much joy it is often times hard for me to share my experiences because words simply can’t explain.
Our day started off early with blowing up balloons and decorating our venue. Looking out at all the chairs I started praying and thinking about each empty chair and the children that would soon fill them, and the love and joy that would fill that space. When the first busload of children arrived all of the excitement and anticipation for this day started to kick in and I was so happy it was finally here! My official job was to supervise face painting, which when I volunteered for this position in the meeting last week it seemed simple enough… but getting hundreds of children to stand in 5 different straight lines was one of the most exhausting things Ive ever done! But with a lot of patience and a little bit of help it can be done!
I had at least 5 children come up to me and say “how much?” and it absolutely broke my heart because it just goes to show how little these kids are treated to something special. But the expression of happiness and excitement on their faces when I responded “It’s free! Today is your special day and all you have to do is have fun!” made up for it! Even Sharon, another volunteer who was helping serve breakfast said she had children offer her as much as 1,000 shillings because they just couldn’t believe that all of this was for them! So AWESOME!!!
The face painters did an amazing job and gave away so many smiles!!!
For breakfast all the children got an Ugandan favorite, Chapati! which is like a flour tortilla and some juice! I was happy to eat chapati for breakfast as well as it is one of my personal favorites!
The children also performed a Christmas skit which was very dramatic and entertaining, I was completely thrilled to witness this bit of it….
Mary – “Joseph, I’M PREGNANT”
Joseph – “Mary you must not joke!!”
Mary – “Joseph, I am not joking! I AM NOT JOKING JOSEPH!!!
My apologies, I do not have better performance pictures, Patrick wasn’t there during that time so I only had my phone 😛
SO MANY CHILDREN!!!
Due to some traffic and transportation issues my Katanga kids showed up quite late, not knowing they had arrived I went to the front to meet Patrick so he could come and take photos and I got bombarded! AUNTY AMANDA!!!! When I finally reached Patrick all he says is “Katanga?” “Yep! How’d you know??” Thankfully, they only missed out on some of the performances and still had plenty of time to have a blast!!
If I thought getting a hundred kids in straight lines was hard I was not quite prepared to get 1000 of them in one spot for a group picture but we somehow pulled it off!
After the big group picture came lunch time! We had rice, beef and yummy cabbage!
After lunchtime the real fun began! Activity time! with the main event being the train ride!
Each group of children got to ride around the track twice and they had so much fun!!! Choo Choo!!!
After the train ride any of the children who knew how to swim and owned swimming costumes headed to the pool. I remember telling someone a while back I didn’t think we had much use for swimsuits but it turns out we do! You could rent one for about 75 cents but it would be nice for the ones that like to swim to have their own eventually!
For some of the kids the excitement was a little too much!
All in all it was an absolute wonderful day that wouldn’t have been possible without all of the donations and love received from around the world!
Corrie and Olivia couldn’t make it this year but Sam and the rest of the staff and volunteers did a wonderful job of making sure everything was as perfect as it could be!
Thank you for loving us and giving us the Best.Christmas.EVER!!
As always special thanks to Patrick for the awesome pictures! Patrick’s Smugmug