Youthworx East Africa Campsite
The land this was on had to be returned to the owner, so
this page is purely for interest as part of the journey YEA has been on,
Visiting the Campsite by crossing a small part of
Lake Victoria - Pastor Florent from Burundi in the blue jacket
CAMPSITE UPDATE - Dec 09
East Africa is ‘enjoying’ a mild El Nino effect. I have chosen mild on
the authority of the chief Met Officer in Entebbe who described it thus
on TV yesterday. Believe me it does not feel mild when you wake up in
the night with rain crashing into the tin roof, lightening filling the
sky and ears overloaded by thunder.
Sadly El Nino has also visited the campsite. The heavy rain has softened
and waterlogged the ground and this, along with strong gusts of wind
brought a tree down through the meeting shelter roof
This will be temporarily fixed this week and a long term solution can
wait till the dry season when we can harvest papyrus again. The El Nino
could continue through to February 2010.
The huts built in the campsite grounds with campfire
in the foreground.
a more positive note: Publicity for the campsite is ongoing and many
groups are showing an interest in making bookings. Also YEA will be
running its own camps over the long vacation just coming up. These camps
are called “Going Deeper” and are for leadership development for youth.
bases and guttering are in place ready for the water tanks. The 3rd
hut is being plastered and we hope to finally get the decker beds into
the huts before we get into the busy season.
Please pray that our resources stretch to finish the urgent repair work
and for a good number of bookings in the coming holiday season.
are also beginning to look at what outdoor pursuits/activities we can
bring into the campsite over the next year.
Part of our vision over the last few years for
has been to develop a bush campsite with outdoor pursuits (sailing, mountain bikes etc)
where small groups of youth can go for adventure & discipleship in a non-church
|In March 2007 we told you that this dream
was moving towards a reality. At the bottom of this page is a copy of the publicity we sent
out. There has been an incredible response and the campsite is now a reality
- Praise God! There are still some areas of it which need completing, but it
|Progress at times seemed slow as prices have risen, new ideas have been explored
and workmen employed. However, the site has since 2008. The meeting area
was completed, which created a shaded, waterproof area for eating and
meeting. It would still benefit from a fine screed flooring.
||The brick built huts were roofed
and equipped to sleep 6 in each. Then have been plastered. The next
stage is to add sleeping platforms.
|When there are too many visitors for
the huts we will continue to use the large tents and develop more huts
as we are able.
||As part of the camp there is an area for games.
Some of the young people at Bognor Baptist Church raised money for
|As the camp is by the lake swimming
is possible and, now that CIST have kindly donated life jackets, it is
an activity that can be enjoyed by all.
October 2007 - update and photos from Cormell and Margaret
August 2007 - an update from Collin Muwonge:
The campsite is located in Entebbe at the shores of Lake
Victoria and just like in England its been raining really heavily over the past
two months. The water levels have gone up in the lake unlike in the past months
when the water levels were really low..
The campsite ground is partly made up of rocky sandy ground which could also
pose a slight challenge when building.
I have been going over to the campsite by road with our team of volunteers
(mainly Sena, Nicholas, Dennis, Katumba, Prosper and Ray). By road its roughly
40-45km one way..The volunteers would then stay there for 2-3 days and I would
return to Kampala to take care of other work. They would then return using a
hired boat which roughly takes 30-40 minutes on the water.
As of today (09.08.07) we have cleared the campsite area of bushes. It was
mainly a slightly bushy area but all the place has been cleared and made ready
for building.This took us about 5-6 days.
After the clearing, the building areas have been identified and measured off, ie
the places where we are going to build the cabins, meeting areas, kitchen and
The first structure that we've had to build is the toilet and bathrooms
structures. This was hard work as the place is slightly rocky but as of today
we've nearly finished building the toilet structure. The toilet is going to be
pit latrine so this meant that we had to dig 20 feet under (for those of you who
have seen a pit latrine) - this was a very hard job. We actually had to hire
some of the local villagers to help with this..
Also the foundations for the bathrooms have been dug and built in and the next
step after this is to build the actual bathrooms' structures which will take 2
days next week. This means that the campsite could be available for use without
cabins next week. End of PHASE 1.
In the next phase - PHASE 2, we will be embarking on the actual building of the
cabins and the meeting area. This will be a big job as we have to build 6 cabins
and a large meeting area for 40-50 people.This should start in the next two
weeks after we have decided on what materials to use to build. After these
structures are in place the campsite will be ready for use, but not fully
complete, hopefully by December this year.
We have been well received by the village locals and are actually trying to
build relationships with them. The boys play football with them in the evenings
after work. When the campsite starts to be fully operational we are talking
about doing evangelism and outreach in the area as its mainly non Christian. The
locals think they will benefit from having a church planted in the area so maybe
that’s something we will look into. They will also greatly benefit from sports
activities. In addition to that we will also carry out some youth work in that
area, especially health communication on HIV/AIDS as its a big need there.
We are strictly keeping accounts for the money that’s been sent over and this is
something the volunteer team has had to do. Of the £829 sent over - we have
roughly used £550-600. This has been largely used on buying and transporting
building materials like sand, bricks, building implements, transport for the
team and their upkeep while there, buying cement (this has greatly become very
expensive over the last 2 months from paying 19000shs per bag to paying 25000shs
per bag), paying wages and allowances etc.
The cost of everything has gone up as a result of new taxes being introduced by
government, so the cost of building one cabin will also go up. We had originally
planned to spend 500 pounds on each cabin but it may rise to roughly 800 pounds.
-The increased taxes on everything have meant that the costs for the building of
the campsite have gone up.
-The campsite being out of town means that it’s hard getting the team of
volunteers to be there long enough to finish off work because they have other
commitments in their families, church etc
-Also the transport and upkeep costs involved mean that we can’t afford to go
there daily and yet it’s necessary and would help move the building work more
-We thank God for providing us with such beautiful campsite land.
-We thank God for the work both the teams in England and around the world and
the one in Uganda are doing. It’s tremendous.
-We thank God for how far He's brought us in building this campsite.
-We thank God for everyone who has chosen to partner with us in building this
campsite in prayer, in giving financially etc We will never know how much this
campsite will do in bringing glory to His name.
Thanks and God bless you all.
We will try to put some photos here as soon as possible.
Please keep praying for the rest of the money to come in
and for all involved in the building work.
Here is a pdf
version of the campsite project brochure.
If you'd like us to send you paper
copies, please get in touch.
Time to make the dream a reality
"Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of men"
"Go... make disciples, teaching them to obey
everything I have commanded you..."
Matthew 28: 19,20
YOUTHWORX-East Africa (YEA) is now
well-established in Uganda. We have built strong relationships with many
youth groups and organisations. Throughout the country youth workers are
discipling young people and imparting life skills through training etc.
Spending time with young people in a residential setting is excellent
for relationship building and creating an environment that helps the
youth to be receptive to teaching.
Currently there is no accommodation
specifically geared for this work. Campsites that could be suitable tend
to be for tourists and therefore the cost is prohibitive for Ugandan
A Great Offer
We have been offered, for at least 5 years, the use of 6 acres of
land on the shores of Lake Victoria, about 40 km from Kampala, the
capital city of Uganda. The land is owned by a trusted friend of YEA.
There is waterfront access, safe camping on higher ground, space for a
sports field and local access to a village.
At the moment the land is quite over-grown with many bushes and some
fruit trees, and the beach has been invaded by water hyacinth.
We want to build a simple bush camp able to
accommodate 30 young people. This will be made available for use to
church youth groups, NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisations) working with
young people and other youth related groups in Uganda. It will be ideal
for retreats, activity breaks, discipleship, life skills training and
for training workshops for youth workers.
This site will provide a venue that will be ideal for these groups to
use and at a cost they can afford.
Making a Start
The land can already be used with tents as
an informal campsite, but in order to use it properly some long term
structures need to be built.
A group of youth volunteers camped at the site and started to clear the
bush, made friends with the locals and have begun to plan the layout.
The project is well under way. We have quotes for work to be done and
are making progress in establishing deeper relationships in the local
The youth volunteers who visited held a
dedication ceremony for the site and began to see what plans God has for
The first stage will be to build a
latrine/shower block, kitchen shelter and store and a meeting shelter.
The budget for this stage £1500.
Much of the work can be carried out by volunteers, but we would also
like to include the local village, where there is high unemployment, in
order to foster good relations and make the site more secure.
As soon as possible we plan to build log cabins and equip them. These
will be more durable than tents, as well as being more secure and
We have budgeted the cost for each 6-bedded log cabin, with all
equipment to be about £500. We would like to build 5 of these.
Eventually we would like to add to the facilities available, possibly
a ‘low ropes’ course, a boat, an assault course, any other outdoor
pursuits equipment that could be used during discipleship events. The
potential is enormous.
Although the costs involved are small compared to European prices,
this is a big project for YEA in Uganda. We’d love you to partner with
us in whatever way you can. Donations of any amount will be gratefully
used. Don’t forget this can be gift-aided to add at least 20p in the
pound to your donation.
Although the priority is to build the latrines, kitchen block etc, and
this is where our first money must be spent, if any group or individual
would like to raise £500 to sponsor a log cabin, we would like to offer
you the chance to name a cabin once they are built. Please contact us to
If you can help
YOUTHWORX East Africa
Bognor Regis Baptist Church
73 Victoria Drive
Charity Registration Number 1081113
This is an
amazing opportunity to make a real and practical difference in the lives
of thousands of young people in East Africa.
continue to help
us to complete this site.