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Exploring Uganda: Shanita's First Field Trip

Despite over 1 million tourists flocking to Uganda yearly to soak in its natural splendor, most Ugandan children never get the chance to explore their own country.

We recently embarked on an unforgettable journey – our very first field trip!

It was an exhilarating experience, one that brought our children closer to the heart of Uganda's rich cultural and natural heritage.

Leaving the familiar landscapes of Karamoja behind, our children set out on a voyage of discovery, their eyes wide with anticipation and excitement. For all of them, it was their first time leaving the region, their first glimpse of the world beyond their doorstep.

Our destination? The legendary source of the Nile in Jinja, a place of immense historical and geographical significance.

Shanita organization field trip Jinja

As we arrived, we were greeted by awe-inspiring views of the mighty river, its waters flowing steadfastly towards distant horizons. Stepping onto the hallowed ground of this iconic landmark, our children were immersed in a hands-on learning experience like no other. They delved into the rich history of the Nile, learning about its vital role in Uganda's economy, particularly through the generation of electricity from the nearby dam.

Shanita organization field trip Jinja

But our exploration didn't stop there. The next day, we embarked on a boat ride along the riverbanks, marveling at the diverse array of flora and fauna that call the Nile home. From vibrant birdlife to elusive aquatic creatures, every moment was filled with wonder and discovery.

Shanita organization field trip Jinja

It was especially heartwarming to see our children, many of whom had never ventured beyond Karamoja, reading the traffic signs along the long road to Jinja. Their eagerness to learn and adapt to new environments was truly inspiring.

Shanita organization field trip Jinja

This field trip was just the beginning – a pilot project that we hope will pave the way for many more adventures to come. Our goal is to provide access to such enriching experiences for all the children in our program, ensuring that each and every one of them has the opportunity to explore the world around them, broaden their horizons, and ignite their curiosity.

Shanita organization field trip Jinja

As we reflect on this incredible journey, we are filled with gratitude for the support of our partners who made this field trip possible. Together, we are opening doors to a world of possibilities for Shanita's children, empowering them to dream big and reach for the stars.

Here's to many more adventures ahead!

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