Top 10 moments from my #WVAbloggers trip in Uganda

This is a tough list to compile. How does one summate a three day experience filled with incredible interactions to a short summary? With difficulty! But I have taken 10 of the instagram images and stories I shared at the time that really struck a chord with me and I still cannot take out of my mind! These are just snippets of our experiences and I look forward to sharing more in-depth stories about all of them.

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Yay #selfies! First day of our #WVAbloggers with @edenland. Thank you@worldvisionaus for this once in a lifetime opportunity!! What a pleasure to share this experience with the incredibly talented Eden Riley. 

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We visited a vocational skills training centre with #WVAbloggers@worldvisionaus #Uganda initiated by AWAKE Uganda with the support of Iyolwa ADP. This girls smile says it all! Valuable skills in sewing, tailoring & knitting with which they can start their own business and make a future.

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Special moment with @worldvisionaus #WVAbloggers tour #Uganda. This teacher is helping these darling schoolgirls with the tricky topic of menstruation. They are beneficiaries of the re-useable sanitary towels’ initiative. Before this program, girls in #Uganda felt shame to the point of dropping out of school over this natural occurrence in their lives as women. So amazing to see the change & hope for their future! #girlpower #empowerment #basicneeds

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“We know English. We know English. We know English. We know everything”#WVAbloggers The children sang to us at a tree nursery in a project area of@worldvisionaus in #Uganda. Oh darling children, if only it were true! We don’t know everything because we know English and we still have so much to learn. Seeing your beautiful faces, understanding your needs and observing your lives here – you are teaching me! Thank you! The song continued “this is the handbag. This is the handbag. This is the handbag. We know everything.” When they got to the … A pencil and the … A pen. … The song was slightly more complex..

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Learning is fun!! At a school to hear about the impact of #childsponsorship#WVAbloggers @worldvisionaus This woman spoke beautifully about how she loves working with the children and sharing news with sponsors. I thanked her on behalf of sponsors like myself, the annual reports, updates, letters and photos mean the world to us!

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This is Siwana. He is 8. He was rehabilitated from #malnutrition#WVAbloggers @worldvisionaus Look at his beautiful, healthy & smiling face. We met the family and saw how now they have good nutrition and farming practices for ongoing health for the family. This is something we think is innate, what is good for your baby and child. It’s not. Education is key!

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This borehole has meant that this community in Nabukalu ADP has access to clean water. #WVAbloggers They were in a dire situation of visiting a nearby pond, filled with algae, frogs and possibly snakes. This was also shared by animals & used for washing of clothes, let alone drinking.

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Reality sets in on the #WVAbloggers #Uganda tour: hundreds of children and parents waiting for immunisations & health checks at an immunisation outreach program. It’s amazing what they are doing. These families now have access to this kind of healthcare. I could no longer hold back the tears. I was happy for what I saw and proud of the parents. But to think, what did they do in the past without @worldvisionaus There is now hope. It’s a great thing. These are tears of joy, so grateful for the good people of this world and those who support#worldvision and their work.

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Child protection is a collective responsibility. It begins with you! #WVAbloggers@worldvisionaus #childprotection #endchildmarriage #CHILDMARRIAGE

These t-shirts were worn in the communities we visited and I really loved seeing this message over and over again. Worn proudly on the members bodies, stating clearly their proactive approach to ending abuses of children’s rights.

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The most incredible group of women #WVAbloggers. These women can change the world! I couldn’t have asked for a more amazing bunch to share my@worldvisionaus experience with! #loveyouguys #thewhat #welovehashtagsthanks @edenland for the photo. @silvercircle4

What an amazing and intense week! There is so much more to come!

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Climbing Everest! Bucket list and a challenge in so many ways!

As you may have noticed, I’m travelling around like a mad woman! It’s my thing I guess. And I’m loving the adventures I’m currently on.

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(Mexico City training walk)

However, I am using this time while travelling to get in some serious training for my BIGGEST adventure yet- Climbing to Everest Base Camp! (Yes, I’m a lil crazy but so excited!!)

 

https://everest2015.everydayhero.com/au/emma-takes-on-the-best-trek-everest

 

I’m asking for support in the form of donation to encourage me in my training but also to raise much needed funds with World Vision Australia to support their work in Nepal. They help women in children in need with health, education and general living conditions. I love Nepal and definitely want to see the communities there grow and prosper.

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(Hawaii Training Walk)

I’ve just hit my first goal of $1000 and would love to be at the $2000 mark by the time I embark on my training treks in Europe in Mid July! Big goals I know, but I love to aim high! Ultimately, I will be raising $4000 personally for this wonderful organization and as a team we hope to raise more than $80,000! WOW!

 

Any donation would help and even a share on your Facebook, Twitter or with your network via other means, would be amazing!

 

Leave a comment below about your bucket list or adventures you have planned! I love sharing stories with fellow travellers.

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(Climbing Cerro de la Silla, biggest training walk so far! Monterrey, Mexico.)

Above are some photos of my training walks so far which I am doing in every city I have been visiting! Loving this activity and way of viewing new cities!

 

The Best Trek EVEREST – Climbing Everest for World Vision Australia

BIG NEWS: On March 7 2015, I will climb to EVEREST Base Camp in support of World Vision Australia

This is the biggest challenge i’ve taken on yet and I feel the stars have come together to make it happen. I love Nepal as a country, I sponsor a beautiful little girl there through World Vision, I have always wanted to conquer the World’s largest mountain (even a small part of it) and I wish to further support the great work of World Vision around the world.

We will be travelling for 23 days and we will trek for 12 days across in the himalayas and ultimately to the Base Camp of Everest. This is going to be physically and mentally challenging and take a lot of preparation. We will reach heights of 5500m and spend consistent time at altitude. Bring it on mountains!

 

Gilamans Point, Kilimanjaro, Climbed in 2011

Gilmans Point, Kilimanjaro, Climbed in 2011

I ask for your generous support in the form of donations to my Everyday Hero page to support the work of World Vision. “Through community-based development projects, we can improve the lives of some of the world’s poorest children and their
families. This is only made possible with the support of people just
like you.”

Whether it’s $20, $50 or (the be my best friend donation of) $100. I will love and hug you for your generosity.

Thank you everyone in advance and wish me luck as I take on….. EVEREST!!!

https://everest2015.everydayhero.com/au/emma-takes-on-the-best-trek-everest

Thank you Inspired Adventures for the opportunity!