The Story of Natalie, Jack and the Storytelling Chair...

Elspeth Dugdale | September 29, 2018

The Story of Natalie, Jack and the Storytelling Chair...
Natalie sorts out the multicoloured storytelling chair

From time to time, we receive requests via the website to visit 'out of the blue', and just occasionally the timing and opportunity works out really well......!






Over a year ago, Natalie and Jack contacted us via the 'friends of friends' route about visiting ServeDirect as part of a longer trip to East Africa. And they appeared in Gulu, as if by magic  - having already visited Jinja, a very turbulent, protesting Kampala, the Ssese Islands and the infamous Kampala Goat Races! 


IMG_8943.JPG Jack in IT consultant mode

Natalie writes:

"Gulu and our time at the Connect centre has been fab. Melissa was a fantastic host for us and I think that we were able to get a few jobs done that have been on the ‘to do’ pile for a while - I especially enjoyed getting involved in some arty things like painting the big wooden reading aloud chair. I haven’t spent a whole day painting in years! 

Listening in to the phonics lessons- it’s amazing how the process of learning to read comes back to you and the staff are great at keeping the children interested through different games.

IMG_8945.JPG       Painting with an admiring audience...

It was really great to see the centre get busier through the week as word was obviously spreading between the children. And I’m really pleased that we had the opportunity to see first hand what sort of things you are doing here; it seems like a really great team and I’m sad we couldn’t stay longer!"

Natalie and Jack have now continued on their travels, been trekking to see the gorillas in western Uganda and are currently en route to Malawi. Bon voyage and thank you so much for visiting Connect Gulu!