Service above self
Rotaract club is a rotary sponsored service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30, and they are either community or University based and sponsored by their local rotary club, making rotaractors “true partners in service and members of the family of rotary “all rotaractors’ ‘efforts begin at the local grassroots level with members addressing their communities physical and social needs, while promoting international understanding and peace through a framework of friendship and service. It is in line with the above, that the Rotary club Ggaba (our sponsor rotary club), held sensitization forums in the University which culminated into the formation of the Busoga University Rotaract club in 2008, under the very capable leadership of our Engineer Dr. Nathan Ba. K. Muyobo.
Our goal as a club has been; to develop professional leadership skills, to emphasize respect for the rights of others, based on recognition of the worth of each individual, to recognize the dignity and value of all useful occupations as an opportunity to service, to recognize, practice and promote ethical standards as leadership qualities and vocational responsibilities to develop knowledge and understanding of the needs, problems and opportunities in the community and worldwide, and lastly to provide opportunities for personal and group activities to serve the community and promote international and goodwill towards all people.
As members of Busoga University Rotaract Club, we believe in “service above self”; lending a helping hand to someone who needs help, putting a smile on an orphaned child, giving hope and building self esteem to persons living with HIV/AIDS. So important and vital is our belief to cause that charity work and affiliated activities occupy a very big percentage of our calendar. In the recent past we have visited several children’s home e.g. St. Philomena Iganga Babies Home etc.
We also believe in taking a lead role, in advocating for the protection of the environment, and as such took part in massive clean- up of Jinja town, Busoga University, and its environs, educating the locals on the need to protect their surroundings by cutting down on the use of polythene bags known as “Kavera”, and promoting safe waste disposal methods such as re-cycling. In a consolidated effort to curb global warming, we undertook tree planting projects and sensitization programmes ‘to the locals on the need to plant trees in order to save our environment.
Promoting of professional and leadership skills is key, and as such, we delegate responsibilities amongst ourselves so that we can broaden our skills with regards to creativity, innovation, interactions with persons of different fields, and this boosts our confidence in readiness for a smooth transition from study life to the highly competitive job market. In addition, we invite professionals who offer inspirational and motivational talks. Recently, we had the utmost pleasure of visiting our sponsor club, Rotary Club Of Ggaba, whereby we had a chance of interacting with established businessmen and women of diverse fields ranging from hotel owners, engineers, doctors, teachers etc, who had a wealth of knowledge to share, and even gave us helping tips on life’s success.
In recognizing the role that has been entrusted to the young people in combating HIV/AIDS in Uganda and the world at large, advocate for responsible behaviour among the youth such as abstinence and the use of protection, which we distribute to the locals especially bodaboda operators and other interested parties. Why target bodaboda operators? This is because according to research they form a risk group prone to inflection because their line of work calls for interactions amongst very many people.
Recognizing the need and importance of integration, we endeavor to interact with the people of different ethnic affiliations without discrimination, by learning and appreciating their cultures and this has led to peaceful co-existence and enhanced relationship amongst persons of different countries and tribes, thus spearheading the fight against tribalism and negative ethnicity in East Africa.
We are currently embarking on a project dubbed “Keep the Uganda Girl Child at School” whereby we intend to supply sanitary towels to selected schools in the region. It should be noted that due to poverty and other circumstances, some girls cannot afford sanitary towels, and hence are forced to stay at home for even days, every month, meaning she misses out over four months of an education calendar, and this is quite detrimental to her and the society. Our aim is to ensure that she studies un-interrupted and without such preventable inconveniences.
Of course, we meet the challenges, but to curb such challenges we hold fundraising activities in order to raise funds to facilitate our activities. This is also coupled with the assistance of friends of Rotaract, and the University community who greatly contribute.
Lastly, our unsung heroes cannot go unappreciated. To patron the engineer for spearheading such a noble cause, facilitation, support and genuine concern to the needy in the society, being a true brother’s keeper, we salute you. To the university administration for taking a keen interest in our activities, the positive criticism, we thank you. To our mother club you are truly the best mother in the world. To all the university students, for participating in our activities, Asante sana. To each and every Busoga University Rotaract club member, for believing that the future of rotaract is in their hands, webale nyo.
Every young person and young at heart is free to join our club as we positively craft our beautiful planet. We have our fellowships every Friday in the main campus. Consider our four way test…..
Of the things we think, say or do,
Is it the truth?
Is it fair to all concerned?
Will it build goodwill and better friendhip?
Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
The future of rotary is in your hands
Ann Waruguru Kiai
Rotaract President 2009/2010.