In the new ABC magazine there is an interview with two volunteers who headed to Uganda to do field work in the ABC schools. The following is an exerpt from the interview.

Bergthora Baldursdottir and Thrudur Gudmundsdottir replied to an ad on Facebook which offered the chance to voluteer on ABC‘s behalf in Uganda. In the end the two best friends were selected. „My mom posted the ad on my Facebook wall and I applied. Never thought I‘d be chosen,“ says Thrudur. She didn‘t want to head out alone so she encouraged her best friend Bergthora to apply as well. „In the end I applied as well but at the last minute,“ says Bergthora. Thanks to good timing they were both able to go.

 

ABC Children‘s Aid has been operating in Uganda since 1992. Bergthora and Thrudur were mostly documenting the circumstances of families and photographing children in hopes of getting sponsors. „We did a little bit of everything to begin with and then it became more focused later on,“ says Bergthora. It wasn‘t easy to witness the living conditions of many families but before long  they adjusted to it. „We had been in the country for some time and in a way we‘d gotten used to it,“ says Bergthora. „It was just kind of routine. You‘d wake up, have breakfast, kids were playing, people were going to work. It‘s just on a different scale. Life went on no matter the circumstances,“ says Thrudur.

The two best friends were very impressed with the ABC schools. „It‘s clear that the money goes directly to helping the children,“ says Bergthora and she noticed that the standard in the schools was high compared to other schools in Uganda. Thrudur was somewhat amazed at the busy schedule for the students. „The children are in school for 10 hours a day but they get a lot to eat, they play and learn a lot,“ she says.

 

They were both very happy with their experiences in Uganda and can easily imagine themselves doing more of this kind of work in the future.

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