Tayforth UOTC in Uganda
The Busoga Trust has many long standing relationships. Not least of these is with Tayforth UOTC.
Tayforth sent cadets to Uganda on adventurous training expeditions, being based on a camp up on the banks of the Nile for three months at a time. During this time, successive groups would come out for a 3-4 week trip when they would learn to kayak, go trekking and also work on a shallow hand dug well with the Trust.
Over the years, cadets helped to construct many water sources in Uganda, serving thousands of people. These trips were hugely significant for the cadets, as the level of insight gained into rural Ugandan life was probably unrivaled by many commercial volunteer operations and certainly by any tourism/travelling opportunity. Days spent digging the wells, breaking rocks, mixing cement, eating local food prepared on site, etc would perhaps not always be exciting, but they were superb for getting a sense of daily life in the communities.
However, for some UOTC cadets and staff, the lure of Uganda was strong. Several staff members made the permanent move to Uganda and are doing great work. The Busoga Trust also benefited from the pool of former cadets, recruiting two of them.
- Rob Waugh (B Sqn) joined us in 2005 and currently the UK manager (after spending 2 years managing projects for us in Uganda). Here he is talking about a well constructed by Comic Relief in 1989
- Charis McCarter (A Sqn) joined us in 2013 and currently manages the mammoth project of collating and analyzing the data for around 2000 sources constructed over 30 years.