Children’s Outreach and Vocational Education
On July 4, the first of 3 groups going to Uganda this summer began their journey. Over the next two months, COVE Uganda hosted the largest number of delegates ever - 23! Eighteen of the delegates went for the first time. What a wonderful adventure they had! The groups consisted of high school & college students, VHHS teachers, St. Mary of Vernon parish members, COVE Alliance members, adults from Bright, Indiana, as well as a classmate of Fr. Hilary's - the pastor of St. Theresa Benedictis of the Cross Parish in Bright. Many activities were planned to involve those who were traveling for the first time to give them a taste of Uganda cullture.
July 4, 2011 - The journey begins
After a very long trip, their arrival was met with the sound of children singing and clapping. The delegation found that the changes at the COVE Center in just a year's time were truly amazing! There is still much work to be done and many more delegates are on their way to help out this summer. Read more in this first letter from the COVE USA Chairperson, Darlene Frantonious.
July 11, 2011 - First photos from Uganda
The first group has arrived in Uganda. Please read the letter describing the initial journey of exploration, wonder, and excitement.
July 22, 2011 - More delegates arrive
The second group from Vernon Hills have arrived Uganda safely and happily. Know more about them and their myriad experiences by going through this Letter.
July 29, 2011 - A connection is made
The VHHS and the Indiana group have all made a connection to the children, the teachers, and the community. Learn about their travels, good work and the rare opportunity given the children to visit the zoo in Entebbe.
August 7, 2011 - Challenges and rewards
The trip has not been without its challenges. The power has been unreliable, so work has to be done during the day. On occasion there are lights for dinner but most of the time dinner is by candlelight. There have been a couple of other challenges as well, including a flat tire on a trip to Kampala and an unfortunate incident with the recently purchased water pump. However, the group has enjoyed shopping for crafts, having dresses made, and visiting the families of the children which is always a highlight of the trip. The families are very generous with gifts of fruits, vegetables, mats and baskets. The group is also working hard to finish up painting and other projects at SJC Center.
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A Thank You from the Children
As the final group of delegates were preparing to leave, one of the children gave them a letter on behalf of the St. Jerome pupils. Be inspired by how much gratitude and love has been spilling over to the USA from these beautiful children. It is from the heart.