After ten years of providing leadership training for adults, Nicholas Wafula, DAI Regional Director for East and Southern Africa, feels led to do the same for youth in Uganda.
by Finney Ongole, Marketing Coordinator Uganda
In partnership with the International Leadership Academy (ILA), DAI hosted their first youth leadership camp in 2014. The team just completed their third annual camp this past July. According to the 2014 census, youth below 18 years constituted fifty-five percent of Uganda's population.
"If just ten percent of the children we work with become national leaders we will have a transformed nation," says the Regional Director.
Each year we add a group of thirty children, ages 9-14, to the one-week residential children's camp that meets annually for three years. Many of the students are referred to the program by Compassion International partner churches and live in poverty-stricken communities.
The program uses bible stories, creative games and community projects to help the students look at their lives, and their choices, from a biblical worldview. This spiritual transformation has led to social transformation, as the students gain an understanding of how to measure the needs of their community. After the one-week camp we continue to teach and mentor the students in either their schools or churches.
It gave us a great deal of joy to see almost ninety children at camp this year, with thirty of our third-year students "graduating." We have great hope these students will be future leaders who bring positive change to our country.
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