“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now” With this in mind, the #BuffaloNation headed to Busitema for the much awaited Rotaract Earth Initiative, a project for Rotaract in Uganda. At 15 participants, we were the biggest delegation followed closely by Entebbe Airport at 14, Nateete Kampala at 12 and Kyengera at 11.
The herd of buffaloes was not without a leader. It was led by the dominant bull, WCP Bbosa James Collins. As u may know, a herd of buffaloes is only as fast as its slowest member (this spells team work), we chose to take the last bus from Kampala to Busitema. We left Kampala at about 11 in the pm, Friday night. Onwards onward, we were in Busitema in the wee hours of the night!
Saturday was project execution day. The whole team of project participants was up early enough to catch the worm. We all headed to West Bugwe Central forest reserve with a determination to reduce our carbon foot print on the face of the earth, not even the lack of breakfast could stop us. At the venue, we were informed that each of us had a minimum of 8 trees to plant for the day. We took the bull by the horns and before long, 2000 seedlings were planted. The remaining 8000 are to be planted by NFA.
The afternoon was a joy filled one as we, together with our sponsors, Airtel visited Busitema College Primary School. At the primary school, we were welcomed by a happy gathering of pupils. These sang and danced for their not so usual visitors. We made a donation of an assortment of text books and sanitary towels. This was one of those moments that make feel so proud to be a Rotaractor.
Lunch was next on the program and apart from the fact that it was late, there is nothing to write home about. Fast forward, the High School night organized by the Rotaract Clubs of Kyambogo and Seeta. This, to me, was the social highlight of the trip. To kick start the night, the MC of the night, our own IPP JP Sonko invited the participants to partake of the well prepared high school porridge. Minutes later, WCP Collins called fellowship to order and sooner than later we were in for the classical debate, “Mixed Schools are better than single schools”. The CC Gava led mixed schools debate team took the day, much to the disappointment of IPP Kenny Rand’s single schools team. To wrap up the night, we were treated to a two dj “ka-danke”. Our own DJ Roy teamed up with Bukoto(read Mwekuume)’s DJ MusawoYuwaBad to make us dance like crazy. Did I say crazy? ….. I will say no more because “what happens in Busitema………..”
Sunday was return day. Before return though, we headed to Tororo rock to do some climbing. What better way to end a good weekend than with a climb. I must admit only the dorminant buffalo and one other plus a handful of other rotaractors could make it to the top of the rock. It was a good time to take selfies and do some catch up for those that stayed at the foot of the rock.
Ladies and gentlemen, we all got back to Kampala safely!……..olwatuuka nga mbalabira!!
IPP JP Sonko Ssemwanga
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