Shaping The Future

Shaping The Future

In a remote corner of Jinja, Uganda, lies the Wampa Orphanage—a place where approximately 30 children reside, each with their own unique story of hardship. Some have lost their parents, while others live separately from their families due to dire circumstances. The conditions in which these children live are far from ideal, with open and dilapidated bathrooms, overcrowded and inadequate sleeping arrangements, and a substandard cooking area. My recent visit to the Wampa Orphanage opened my eyes to the stark reality these children face daily, and it stirred a deep desire within me to make a positive difference in their lives.

The Wampa Orphanage is a place where dreams are stifled by the harshness of life. It is heart-wrenching to see children forced to use bathrooms without doors, in deplorable conditions that lack the most basic sanitation and privacy. To compound their struggles, some of these children have to share a single bed due to the limited resources available, leading to disrupted sleep and discomfort. The cooking area further accentuates their adversity, with negative conditions that impact their health and well-being.

Living in such dire circumstances can have profound and lasting effects on the physical, emotional, and psychological well-being of these children. Lack of proper sanitation facilities puts them at risk of diseases, while overcrowded sleeping arrangements deprive them of the rest they desperately need for healthy growth and development. The inadequate cooking area compromises their nutrition, making it even more challenging for them to thrive.

My visit to the Wampa Orphanage left a lasting impression on me, and I am committed to taking action to improve the lives of these children. While I cannot change their past, I firmly believe that together, we can shape their future for the better. Here are some ways in which we can make a meaningful difference:

Improving Sanitation: The first step is to renovate and upgrade the bathrooms and toilets, providing the children with clean and private facilities that promote good hygiene and health.

Enhancing Sleeping Conditions: We can work on securing donations or funding to provide more beds, mattresses, and bedding to ensure that each child has a comfortable and safe place to sleep.

Revamping the Cooking Area: The cooking area can be transformed into a clean and efficient space, ensuring that the children receive nutritious meals daily.

The Wampa Orphanage in Jinja, Uganda, is home to children who deserve a chance at a better life. Witnessing their challenging living conditions has ignited a passion within me to make a difference. Together, with the support of generous individuals and organizations, we can bring hope, comfort, and a brighter future to these children. Let us join hands and work towards transforming the Wampa Orphanage into a place where dreams are nurtured, and the children can flourish despite their challenging circumstances.


Yusuf Celik
Head of İnternational Program Manager

My Personal Journey with Time to Help UK: Overcoming Challenges for a Greater Cause

This July, I joined a team of seven other dedicated staff and volunteers from Time to Help (UK). Our mission was ambitious, to scale the highest peak in Africa – Mount Kilimanjaro. This wasn’t just a physical challenge but a journey to raise awareness and funds for those in need in Tanzania and wider East Africa.

Time to Help is a unique charity that combines social activities with aid efforts, offering alternative programmes to young people. Our trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro took seven gruelling days. The path was steep, the weather unpredictable, and the altitude a constant test of our endurance. But with every step, we were reminded of the purpose of our journey, and it was this purpose that fuelled our resolve to reach the peak.

Along the way, we forged new friendships, shared stories, and supported each other through the most challenging moments. We were more than just a team; we became a family united by our shared commitment to making a difference.

Our climb was not just about conquering a mountain but about shining a light on the difficult living conditions faced by many in Tanzania and the wider East Africa region. Our efforts bore fruit as we raised an impressive £40,000 through a fundraising drive. A significant portion of these funds is now fuelling a bakery project, providing essential daily bread for individuals affected by the ongoing war in Yemen.

But our journey didn’t end at the summit. We travelled to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, where we sponsored and actively participated in renovating an orphanage for young children. We inaugurated four water wells, providing drinking water for approximately 9,000 people. We also supported ten girls attending a government school in Bagamoyo who currently need more financial means to stay in the dormitory.

The experience was a stark reminder of the power of collective action. Participating in charity challenges like this pushes us out of our comfort zones and allows us to contribute to meaningful change. It’s about more than just the physical challenge; it’s about using our abilities and resources to make a difference in the world.

The dedication, resilience, and selflessness of my fellow volunteers from Time to Help UK were truly inspiring. We didn’t just climb a mountain; we moved mountains of obstacles to bring about positive change, one act of kindness at a time.

If you also want to challenge yourself and be part of the change click this link to volunteer. Together, we can make a difference.


We Refurbished the Mama Fauzia Orphanage

Visiting the Mama Fauzia Orphanage in Kenya, Kasarani was part of our Kenya trip in February.

The orphans were very happy to see us and so were we.

Firstly we played games with the orphans and gave clothes, stationery and clothes to all.

Secondly, we started by painting the walls of the orphanage.

Thirdly, we then cleaned the orphanage itself and put out our newly brought equipment.

We are glad that an orphanage is now a safe place for the children.

Please have a look at the video below to see the difference we made.

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Gulenyuz Orphanage Opening Ceremony

Not only do we just help orphans in orphanages in local communities in Africa, we have successful managed to build an all girls only orphanage called ‘Gulen yuz’ due to a quarter of the children population being involved in labour activities. Our project started from May, 2014 till April, 2015 in Burundi with a capacity of 100 pupils. It opened its doors on the 18th April, 2015 many of the volunteers who contributed to the making of the orphanage.

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