Since November of 2015, various volunteers found themselves involved with the city and its reality. With open hearts and souls, these youngsters were touched by the big inequality and poor conditions in which many people live and many children grow up. The holiday project was the first practical approach in which volunteers raised money and bought necessities for the families -especially children- living in Kampala; there were metal containers given to people by the government after an earthquake in the 80s (links to pictures of the quake can be found on newcasino.org.uk), promising them new houses, but this never happened.
The NGO started working because of the existing urge to get involved more deeply with the people living in Kampala. The situation required much more than mere charity. People living in poverty are used to receiving clothes, food and other stuff, from the government or, mainly, from private institutions. They are used to this kind of help, but they are not used to being challenged in any way.
The members of the NGO first thought about community development, implementing a “cultural space” committing with the community through different activities, such as lessons or open days when performances were held (music, dance, drama, etc.). This was thought as an open space where local and abroad volunteers from different organizations could gather and create new activities every month, discuss about Kampala’s reality and organize effective ways of solving problems. This idea did not flourish in the end though.
There was then a project about implementing a health and sanitation educational program aimed to the same families again; especially thinking about the healthy development of children. Two documents were drawn, specifying why and what to teach, and also how. Initially, the volunteers wanted to go house by house, to create a personal relationship with families. In the end, this idea did become a reality but in a different way, namely, through a center that holds an after-school program for children who live in poverty conditions.