Ugandan scholars make service fun
May 8, 2014
Annet, a sponsored youth from the Kampala
project, concentrates intently while painting
Unbound scholars are encouraged to make a difference in their communities through interactive activities and service. In fact, each individual scholar performs between 200 and 400 hours of service annually as part of the Unbound Scholarship Program.
Common acts of service include, but are not limited to: letter writing, filing, mentoring, facilitating workshops and meetings, and organizing celebrations for the sponsored children and aging friends in the community.
Placing responsibility on scholars by allowing them the opportunity to lead activities gives them a sense of pride, confidence and self-esteem. The service opportunities also bring many openings for networking.
"Thinking of 400 hours of service, one could imagine a hard time and tiresome work, but I will prove you wrong, since it is through these services that one can get a lifetime of achievements," said Daniel Bukenya, a former scholar and currently a social worker with Unbound's Kampala project in Uganda. "Connecting with people of diverse origins bridged me to success."
The scholars do not view their service as hard work; they actually enjoy doing it. Sometimes, new ideas proposed by the scholars result in fun service projects.
Recently, the Kampala project hosted a birthday celebration for all of the sponsored children and aging friends. The celebration was planned and carried out by scholars.
A participant in the birthday celebration enjoys
the festivities after having her face painted.
Partygoers engaged in many fun activities, including face painting, sack races and dancing. There can't be a party without cake, so sponsored children and aging friends indulged in that, too.
Face painting was the overall favorite activity of both the young and older groups.
"This day has been one of those days I will never forget in Unbound," said Stephen, a scholar who studies education at Makerere University. "I have always seen people's faces painted and I have also seen painters at Uchumi Supermarket. But to be involved in the exercise myself, the children happy as I paint them, is like a dream come true."
The Kampala project started out with only eight scholarship program slots. Today, the project has 48 slots.
Scholarships are made possible by donations from sponsors and others.
The scholarship program empowers Unbound youth to continue their studies and become advocates for their communities through service.
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