The 1st ISGF Gathering of Eastern Africa sub-region was hosted by the National Scout and Guide Fellowship Uganda, at JEVINE HOTEL in Kampala, Uganda, from 1st to 5th September 2015 with the theme: “FOSTERING ISGF DEVELOPMENT IN THE REGION”. It had participants from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia giving a total of 35 members altogether. However on the official opening of the gathering, we were joined by Nursing Students from Kampala University giving a total of 71 participants on day one.
It was opened by the Owek. Amb. Al Haj. Prof. Badru Ddungu Kateregga, the National Chairman of the Uganda Fellowship and Vice Chancellor Kampala University who informed members that through the planned activities of the gathering, success was definitely to be achieved hence realizing growth in membership in the region as well as visibility of our fellowship.
In her remarks, the Chairman of the ISGF World Committee, Mida Rodrigues, informed members that she was all along longing for attending the 1st Eastern Africa Sub-Regional Gathering and she was sure of having a very fruitful meeting. The Sub-Regional Gathering was seen as a milestone in the development and the growth of the ISGF Region in terms of membership and in country members.
In his remarks, the Chairman ISGF Africa Region Committee, Henry Lukwele, informed members about the journey from January 2014, which saw the birth of ISGF Africa region committee.
The Africa WAGGGS Region chairperson, Rose Kioko sent her greetings on behalf of the WAGGGS Africa Region Committee. They expressed their happiness to see that East Africa was holding the 1st ever sub-regional gathering. They informed members that the WAGGGS Africa region valued the work done by ISGF and they wished success in all the deliberations as the sub-region chatted the way forward for the region.
Members were taken to Ndere Cultural Centre for a social evening and dinner. They really had great fun as they witnessed the beauty of African culture that was displayed in various dances and drumming by the troupe. They also visited two community centre; i.e. Centre for Elderly who were doing crafts and also involved in saving scheme; the members discussed with them about the Fellowship and thereafter visited a School for vulnerable children, Bright Junior School where they did the painting of three classrooms and the corridor to the administration block.
They then went for the Closing ceremony which was officiated by the Mayor of Rubaga Division, Her Lordship Owek. Joyce Ssebugwawo, a former member of the Fellowship who acknowledged the support from the organizing committee and sponsors who had contributed towards the success of the gathering and pledged her support from the Division and government whenever the Fellowship had an activity to carry out.
Members thereafter interacted with one another and had their dinner followed by dancing.