Our first day started with Prayers and Reflection led by Andrew, our resident pastor. He encouraged us to think about the things we are thankful for, which was an easy task.
The teams first visit to the Nile Vocational Institute of the 2018 trip started with a warm welcome from Edison, the acting director, and his staff; Robert (Finance and Accounting Director), Prossi (Human Resources), Rogers (Student Welfare), Reverent Luke (Pastor and French and Swahili teacher), Judith (Accountant) and Joseph (Industrial training and Ugandaid coordinator).
It is evident that NVI live out their Christian beliefs and ethos in everything they do. Despite their lack of resources Edison gives thanks to God showing his deep and living faith.
The team was provided the most delicious late breakfast, prepared by the wonderful students studying Catering and Hotel Management. This consisted of samosas, fresh fish fingers, chicken thighs, potatoes, chapatti’s and freshly made coleslaw.
We were given the grand tour by Edison where we saw the Institute’s students hard at work in the welding and sheet metal application, plumbing, carpentry, catering & hotel management, textiles, secretarial, agricultural, bricklaying & concrete practice, hairdressing, early years childcare and electrical installation departments. The appreciation, shown by the Institutes staff, for the hard work and dedication of Ugandaid was overwhelming.
The dedicated Ugandaid team spent the afternoon cleaning the Motor Mechanic classrooms in preparation for painting – a hot and dirty job but with 22 at work son accomplished.