ASHINAGA UGANDA

Education For the Future

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9th Cultural Festival

      2012/12/17

We held the 9th Cultural Festival on 8th December. This year’s theme was “UNITY.” Some 150 AIDS orphans participated in this year’s festival, and they enjoyed all the programs.

In the morning, participants marched in Nansana town, where Ashinaga is located, with a marching band and the “Daddy-Long-Leg.” In the opening ceremony, our distinguished guests from the local government offices andMakerereUniversityas well as from the Embassy and JICA delivered their speeches. The TERAKOYA pupils also performed a traditional dance in the ceremony.

During lunch time, together with Matooke and beef soup (Ugandan food), which had been prepared by our guardians throughout the previous night, we served potato croquettes as Japanese food and cheese bread as German food. Although the children had never seen these types of food, they really enjoyed eating them and even asked for more. After lunch, it was time for exhibition. They all enjoyed Japanese traditional games. Since Christmas is approaching, volunteers fromGermanymade a star out of colorful papers with the children.

Lastly, it was time for stage performance. Student volunteers performed a skit about the “Earth Man” in Luganda (one of the local languages inUganda) to show the importance of unity even though cultural background is different. Apart from that, fashion show and traditional Japanese dance “Soran” were performed. For finale, all the children carried a portable shrine.

Many volunteers from JICA and German volunteers came to help us on the day. Without their help, participants could have never enjoyed the festival as they did. Therefore, we extend our sincere appreciation to all of them. Thank you very much!

 - Rainbow House, Volunteers

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