Eleven BCP volunteers arrived with gardening tools, and not only took part in planting but also participated in doing the children’s laundry, along with other duties. The team was led by Stephan Ncube, company manager of Bata Uganda and BCP volunteer, who also handed out boxes of milk to the youngsters.
Among the fruit trees planted at the home, which is the oldest of its kind in Uganda and cares for up to 50 babies and toddlers, were avocados, mangos, guavas and pawpaws. These will not only provide the children with fruit to eat, but will also serve as shade during playtime.
This activity was greatly appreciated by the staff and children of the Sanyu Babies Home, and everyone had fun during the visit. Barbara Nankya Mutagubya, chief care taker at the home, stated: “We are happy for the gifts and the endless love that the BCP Uganda group always extends to us.”
After the warm reception from children and staff of the home, the BCP team embarked on digging the holes where trees were planted and then watered. Despite the arduous work, volunteers enjoyed the occasion, and everyone celebrated as the last plant was lowered down.
Volunteers endured the drizzling rain to complete their task, and at the end of the day everyone was proud to stand back and view their achievements. Ncube commented: "The future of the world is in our hands, determined by what we do now. The trees we have planted today for these little angels will impact many generations to come, and they must be well cared for. Great work BCP Uganda!"