Summary from some of our past teams to Africa. See what past team members have to say. Includes reports on teams and also photos.
The Hub Team 2017
This summer I went along with the HUB Uganda team to work with Abaana. I didn’t know an awful lot about Abaana before I went but now that I’ve seen their work in action, I cannot praise the charity more highly! The first week we were there we were given the opportunity to help out at a ministry organised by Abaana called ‘Street Reach’. This involves meeting with boys who are currently without a home and living on the streets of Kampala. Our time together involved games, Bible teaching, singing, food and generally getting to know each other. Even though we were only with them for a short time, it was clear to see that street reach has had a great impact on the boys.
Ladies Team 2016
This June I travelled out with a team of 13 ladies and a baby. Like many people who have never been to Uganda, it was with a nervous excitement that we set off. We needn’t have worried however, as we had the most amazing two weeks seeing what God is doing through Abaana first hand.
The Hub Team 2015
With just under 4 months before the summer, plans were put in place for a team of 17 staff and students from the Church of Ireland and Methodist Chaplaincy (The Hub) at Queen’s University Belfast to head to Uganda. The timeframe for The Hub Team to raise all the funds necessary to both fund the trip and bless the projects they would visit was admittedly tight, but their efforts were absolutely fantastic. In June, it came time for the team to hop on a few airplanes for the 6,000 mile journey to Kampala. Unfortunately one member had to miss out at the last minute due to illness, meaning a team of 16 led by Chaplain Barry Forde, Assistant Chaplain Lynne Gibson, and accompanied by Abaana UK’s own Steven Boucher.Read More
Bangor Grammar 2015
At long last, there we were, 41 pupils, staff and friends of Bangor Grammar School standing in the middle of a large field, deep in the heart of Northern Uganda at Coo–rom, looking at the ramshackle structure, so dilapidated it scarcely qualified as a building at all, with its sagging reed–grass roof, open to the elements on all sides, without internal walls, without furniture, that has been the Coo–rom Tekwir Primary School ever since the population of the community crept back to its ancestral lands after the long devastation wreaked by the Lord’s Resistance Army. It was hard for us to know how so much had been achieved in such obviously inadequate conditions. Hard to believe too that here we finally were after so many years of raising funds to build a new school.
On 28th June 2014, I travelled out to Uganda for a second time as part of the Ballyrashane Team. I had visited the country in 2010 on a previous Ballyrashane Team, where I had the opportunity to help build a boarding department at Christ the King Primary School. I loved my first trip so much that I knew I wanted to return, however not to build so much this time (I wasn’t very good at that.)Read More
|Abaana Mixed Team 2012||Read More //|
We have a group of volunteers from the UK heading out to Uganda this coming September under leadership of Winston and Janet Bell. The volunteers include members from Bangor all the way to Aughnacloy and even a couple from Leiceistershire in England! Many of the team have visited our projects before and for some it will be a new experience. They are really looking forward to working at Street Reach and the New Life Homes as well as visiting some Abaana schools and their sponsor children.
|U–Turn Team||Read More //|
This is an exciting venture by fasa www.fasaonline.org in which 10 adults will pair up with 10 young people giving them an opportunity of seeing poverty first hand. By getting involved and helping make a difference has the added benefit of giving them a fresh perspective on their own lives and futures. They will be involved in working with street children in Uganda through Abaana’s Street Reach and New Life Homes projects and will also get practical with carrying out a building project. Both Abaana and Fasa are delighted to have sponsorship for the team t–shirts by CAST, an organisation based in Lisburn and Newtownards providing a community action support team for Drugs and Alcohol.
|North Street Team 2012||Read More //|
We are excited to have a team of nine professionals travelling out to Uganda from 1st Carrickfergus Presbyterian Church. Three of the team, Anita, Andrew and Gavin have travelled previously with Abaana helping to build Strathearn Primary and working alongside the Abaana Uganda office staff. The team this year will carry out building work at Abaana’s Lweza Primary school and also work closely with street children including visiting our New Life Homes. To find out more about their trip check out the church website: North Street Presbyterian Click on the link below to meet the team members:
|Abaana Youth Team 2012||Read More //|
Our Youth Team this year is again being led by volunteer Paul Totton. There are spaces currently available for up to 24 volunteers. The team will be involved with practical work such as building and painting at Abaana’s projects alongside running a children’s club for some of Abaana’s Primary Schools. Team members will also have the opportunity to meet and work with children living on the streets of Kampala and at our New Life Homes projects. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 028 9145 1918 or download the application and references forms by following the link provided.
|High Street Presbyterian 2012||Read More //|
Antrim High Street Presbyterian has for the second time put together a team to send to Uganda. When they travelled in 2009 they raised £20,000 to build a nursery section at Matthew Cardwell. This time they will go back and visit the children who attend the nursery and see how they are settling into their new school! They are also excited about the prospect of running children’s bible activites at some of Abaana’s primary schools along with carrying out some practical building/painting work. The guys in particular are looking forward to playing football with the street children and at the New Life Homes.
|Bangor Mixed Team 2011||Read More //|
This years mixed team was led by local volunteers Gwen Johnston and Dorothy McCready in August 2011. The team have completed painting at Lweeza primary including some lovely mural artwork. Their second week was spent working with the boys at the New Life Homes & Street Reach projects.
|Youth Team 2011||Read More //|
Our Youth Team this year was led by Paul Totton and consisted of 19 volunteers from across the UK. The team has spent a week builiding the first phase of Ayila Primary School, a week running a kids' clubs at Matthew Cardwell alongside painting Lweeza Primary. Their final week was spent with the boys at the New Life Homes & the Street Reach project in Kampala.
|Strathearn School 2011||Read More //|
Strathearn School has sent yet another team of keen pupils to Uganda in July 2011 led by Mark Smith. Principal David Manning also accompanied the team who fundraised to build a nursery at Strathearn Primary, which they completed during their time in Uganda. They were also involved in running craft programmes at both Strathearn and New Foundations alongside working with street children in Kampala and at the New Life Homes.
|First Larne Presbyterian 2011||Read More //|
First Larne Presbyterian sent a team of 10 volunteers to work at our Abaana projects in Uganda. They were able to run a bible club at Christ the King primary where they also raised money to furnish the new boarding section built just last year. They also worked with the street children in Kampala and at our New Life Homes.
|Newtownbreda High Team 2011||Read More //|
Vice Principal Gavin Henry along with Beverley Forsythe brought 8 young people from Newtownbreda High School to Uganda for 2 weeks at the end of June. The team spent time at Buyobe Primary completing painting work and also got involved in Abaana's Street Reach project and spending time at the New Life Homes.
|Abaana Team B 2010||Read More //|
One of our volunteers Davy Allen led two groups again this year to work with the street children in Kampala and at some of our school projects in building work.
|Abaana Team A 2010||Read More //|
One of our volunteers Davy Allen led two groups again this year to work with the street children in Kampala and at some of our school projects in building work.
|HRBC 2010||Read More //|
Hamilton Road Baptist Church in Bangor took a team of 11 volunteers to work at our Abaana projects with street children and in Gulu. Read their report for a breakdown on how they got on.
|Ballyrashane Presbyterian 2010||Read More //|
10/07/2010 - 25/07/2010 Ballyrashane Presbyterian sent out a team to Uganda for two weeks in July and helped build a boarding section at Christ the King Primary, painting work at the guest house and New Foundations Primary and spent time with the children at our street reach projects.
|Bannside Presbyterian 2010||Read More //|
03/07/2010 - 23/07/2010 Bannside Presbyterian organised a team to carry out building work at one of our projects. They were able to assist in building Buyobi Primary School within Uganda. They also enjoyed spending time with the street children both at our outreach project and at the homes.
|Carrick Elim 2010||Read More //|
26/06/2010 - 11/07/2010 Carrick Elim Church sent a team to Uganda over the summer period. They were excited to have 17 volunteers who worked with the street children and at Abaana's New Life Homes.
|Christmas Team 2009||Read More //|
19/12/2009 - 03/01/2010 A team of 12 volunteers travelled to Uganda over the Christmas and New Year period to help the boys who live on the streets of Kampala and in our New Life Homes to experience the true meaning of Christmas. They ran workshops, gave gifts and threw a party in their honour.
|Mixed Team 2009||Read More //|
14/08/2009 - 29/08/2009 Bangor based volunteer Davy Allen was so impressed with his first experience of Uganda that he took a team of 22 people of mixed age and gender. They helped build the first section of Lweeza Primary and spent time working with street children and in the slum areas of Kampala.
|Youth team 2009||Read More //|
13/07/2009 - 10/08/2009 This team spent time at our Abaana schools running clubs for children. They were involved in practical painting work and also gave out items such as blankets and grain. They were able to give gifts of goats, pigs and help with planting seeds in the Gulu area to bring rehabilitation and hope after recent civil strife.
|High Street Presbyterian Antrim 2009||Read More //|
03/07/2009 - 20/07/2009 A group of 12 people mostly from Antrim travelled to Uganda to help build the Nursery Section at Matthew Cardwell. They also ran a series of activities for the boys on the street such as obstacle courses and at the New Life Homes with team building activities.
|Strathearn Teams 2009||Read More //|
26/06/2009 - 13/07/2009 and 10/07/2009 - 27/07/2009 Strathearn sent out two teams of girls from their Belfast based school this year after incredibly raising the funds to build a school in Uganda. They spent their time carrying out the building work and teaching the children crafts and games. The primary school originally named Katalemwa has now named itself Strathearn Primary in honour of the Belfast Grammar School.
|Drumbo Presbyterian 2008||Read More //|
17/07/2008 - 15/08/2008 Drumbo Presbyterian Church again this year sent a team of 20 people strong who helped raise funds and build Katonte Junior School in the Jinja region of Uganda. They also spent time running a children's mission club and working with street kids in Kampala.
|Youth Team 2008||Read More //|
03/07/2008 - 01/08/2008 Spending four weeks in Uganda was a stretch for many on the team who had never spent that amount of time out of their comfort zone before. But for all it was a rewarding experience to help build the boarding section at New Foundations as well as run an outreach programme at Matthew Cardwell Primary. Building friendships with the boys attending Abaana's street reach programme was also a great blessing.
|Carrick Community Church 2008||Read More //|
25/06/2008 - 10/07/2008 A team of 10 people travelled to Uganda to work with various Abaana projects from school's work to spending time with street children.
|Football Team 2008||Read More //|
19/06/2009 - 05/07/2008 Under the Football4Africa initiative, a team of 16 travelled to Uganda this June to use the beautiful game to reach out to street kids and those in extreme poverty. For more info visit www.football4africa.org
|Finland Team 2008||Read More //|
06/06/2008 - 23/06/2008 These two weeks saw our first fully international team travelling to Uganda to work with street children in Uganda and at our Abaana school projects.
|Ladies Team 2008||Read More //|
10/05/2008 - 26/05/2008 This team of ladies who travelled to Uganda for two weeks in the middle of May were able to bring with them designs by volunteer Holly Pearce and brighten the New Life Homes using specialised art materials. They enjoyed spending time with the street boys living at the homes, building friendships and sharing hope.
|Christmas Team 2007||Read More //|
22/12/2007 - 01/02/2008 On 22nd December 12 young people gave up a luxury Christmas at home to work with Street Children in Uganda for 2 weeks. Their aim? To give these kids a "real Christmas" like they've never experienced before!
|Drumbo Presbyterian 2007||Read More //|
20/07/2007 - 17/08/2007 Drumbo Presbyterian church brought a team out for their first experience of Uganda.
|Ballyrashane Presbyterian 2007||Read More //|
03/08/2007 - 17/08/2007 Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church took a team out to Uganda to work on Abaana projects and visit the on going work.
|St. Ninians High School 2007||Read More //|
20/07/2007 - 06/08/2007 Throughout the year St Ninian's High school raised money to help rebuild Kiwumu Primary school. The team then travelled to Uganda to paint the school and get it ready for the children aswell as spending time running activities for them in the duration of their stay.
|Youth Team 2007||Read More //|
05/07/2007 - 04/08/2007 A team of young people from all across Northern Ireland and 3 from Finland were in Uganda for 1 month working in 4 different areas on Abaana projects.
|Strathearn 2007||Read More //|
30/06/2007 - 15/07/2007 Strathearn is a grammar school situated in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and is attended by about 750 girls aged 11-18. A team of 14 staff and pupils travelled to Uganda for two weeks, to help build homes for street children and to work with a school.
|Bangor Grammar School 2007||Read More //|
29/06/2007 - 15/07/2007 Bangor Grammar School sent out a team of 11 boys for two weeks to help build Christ the King School.
|Ladies Team 2006||Read More //|
29/09/2006 - 15/10/2006 In October Abaana took a team of 12 ladies aged 19-63, to Uganda to get involved in projects.
|Youth Team 2006||Read More //|
06/07/2006 - 05/08/2006 The Youth Teams take part in practical work (e.g. building or painting), children’s work at various schools and homes, which will include running a program of songs, games and Bible stories. They also work alongside local churches and leading church services. On the final week we have a barbecue (paid for by the team) in a local slum.
|Youth Team 2005||Read More //|
07/07/2005 - 05/08/2005 The Youth Teams take part in practical work (e.g. building or painting), children’s work at various schools and homes, which will include running a program of songs, games and Bible stories. They also work alongside local churches and leading church services. On the final week we have a barbecue (paid for by the team) in a local slum.
|Ladies Team 2005||Read More //|
03/07/2005 - 15/07/2005 A team of 13 Ladies travelled to Uganda and were involved in practical work in the Banda slums. They saw how many African ladies worked in quarries breaking stones for concrete to earn a living. They were able to be involved in teaching craft to these ladies making beads from recycled paper to help give them another option of raising income for their families.
|Youth Team 2004||Read More //|
The Youth Teams take part in practical work (e.g. building or painting), children’s work at various schools and homes, which will include running a program of songs, games and Bible stories. They also work alongside local churches and leading church services. On the final week we have a barbecue (paid for by the team) in a local slum.
|Uganda team 2003||Read More //|
Abaana's Second team to Uganda
|Uganda team 2001||Read More //|
Abaana's First team to Uganda