Volunteer story at byana #1

I visited Byana Mary Hill in the summer of 2010. I accompanied a student group from the University of Utah, where we were visiting rural Uganda and studying public health.

Byana Mary Hill will always have a special place in my heart. The children were so warm and very interested in spending time with us. The educators were friendly, and happy to answer our many questions. The location was beautiful, and more hospitable than I could have imagined! We were treated to a buffet lunch, musical program, and tour. It was so memorable! (Some of our members even went to church services!)

While I was there I was followed by many children, but specifically remember being shadowed by a particular child. This little angel took my heart! If I did not have kids of my own waiting home for me, I would have been tempted to stay. Visiting Byana Mary Hill, one can tell the children are well cared for and given a lot of love- this child was so warm and affectionate, it was amazing. We did not speak one another’s language- but we understood one another. I cannot describe what a life changing experience this was for me, and how much it helped me grow as a person.

If you are looking to expand your horizons…
If you are looking for yourself…
If you are seeking more out of life…
Go there.

The experience will not be easy, but it will stay with you forever. Go! See what the world offers. See that there are other ways of life that are beautiful, unique, and wonderful! See what it is like to serve your fellow human beings in a safe and loving environment!

When my children are older, I will bring them to Byana Mary Hill. I have no doubt that they would love it there! I would recommend going there to anyone who is looking to serve in rural Uganda, or anyone who is interested in visiting a truly beautiful and unique place! There are English speakers at the school, and they are very happy to welcome volunteers. Volunteering would be appropriate for nearly every age! It really was wonderful, I cannot say enough about it!

Mellissa R. Smith

University of Utah Study Abroad Program ParticipantImage

Here are some snapshots of the great time she had serving with us!

Here are some snapshots of the great time she had serving with us!


Volunteer Village Progress

This weekend we began constructing the first of our huts for the volunteer village! It was hard work, but great fun, and many people helped out! We are so grateful to them. Here are pictures! Stay tuned for more!!!Image




Volunteer Village Site

Volunteer Village Site

We are in the midst of creating a small bit of paradise for our beloved volunteers to live in while they stay with us. It will be a homestead including one large traditional lodge house, surrounded by three small traditional huts. It will also have its own kitchen, garden and fruit trees. We can’t wait to show you the end result. Not only will it make your stay more comfortable and give you the feel of really living in rural Uganda, but it will save you the extra cost of transportation and hotel rooms. We hope you will enjoy the unique experience we have to offer!

We need a granary, please!

Because most of our kids are needy, the school gets so little from them , so we grow most of our food to last us a term or a year. We are happy we have enough land and the yields are always good; the only problem lagging us back is the lack for a proper storage system for our grains which leads us to keeping them in classrooms that are also needed by the pupils to study.

We’re sure that if we got a good granary we would be able to grow and save up enough grains, fruits and vegetables to take us for a long time. For example, we had lots of fruits the last season that just got wasted, but they would be so much help for diversifying the children’s meals.Image

We are OFFICIALLY registered with Idealist!

We are so fortunate and excited to announce that we have been accepted by the organization called Idealist.

They allow you to create a profile specifically for recruiting volunteers. The profile is very in-depth and looks promising.

Check it out, and share it with everyone you know. You never know who may be looking for the opportunity. They just need to know that it exists!

Thanks, and enjoy.


An artical from One of Teachers

Dearest Darling Friends,
If you were to ask Michael Cruise, the most decorated achievement in the history of humanity, what’s going on in his head before a competition, he would say he’s not really thinking about anything. He’s just following the routine. However, it is not the complete picture because he is seriously thinking about change which is also going to benefit his future in the next generation.

We Live by “Let’s Inspire” for we are committed to “Work with Passion”. We want to “Make a Difference”. We will always be “Forces of Goodness”. Mr. Anatoli Ssentamu, the founder of Byana Mary Hill orphanage home, has been conducting inspirational training programs for people from all walks of life, for more than 10 years. People who have attended his training programs vouch for the impact it created enriching their life.
Join us in our endeavor to fill this world with ‘Forces of Goodness’. Join us in discovering and developing ourselves as people who proclaim loud and clear, through actions, intentions and behavior, ‘Let’s Inspire’.

Everything else today day is victory and as per plan. The leaking goggles are a minor deviation. Byana Mary Hill was mentally prepared for this one.Each time we have a positive intention, we are moving into higher energy. Each positive thought creates more positive experiences. By allowing volunteering into our lives, we are also creating more opportunities of moments to enjoy. We are stating that no matter what happens today, it will be joyful. In order to achieve this goal, we need to develop and fine-tune our radar on having positive intentions of helping Byana Mary Hill throughout the day. If you have a positive intention and notice that it would result into a joyful or peaceful outcome, it is an indication that you can volunteer and re-apply your intention with us as we put it into action to hep the new generation in Byana.

In order for us to experience great change, we need to see things from a positive point of view. Enjoyment exists in the realm of VOLUNTEERING. To be in the energy of enjoyment, means we make a decision, which is moving into courageousness. Then we need to accept that YES we can have an enjoyable day experience today. At the end of the day when we look back and we see, “Yes, today was enjoyable!” We know that occurred simply because we held a positive intention for everything we did.

Tremendous gifts exist within each of us. Volunteering is a natural occurrence that results when we embrace enjoyment into our lives. Each positive intention creates momentum. Momentum allows us to keep letting go of the negative and therefore allows us experience more and more joyful experiences. Make the a “give back” today to experience total enjoyment in every area of your life.

We have tried hard to do  the best for the good of the school, not just for our beneficial but for the good of the school.The kids are happy with what they are just because of what we are.Its harvest time and we are happily getting it out of the garden as the kids do it energetically with self possessed love to really prove that they are what they meant to be. Love to volunteer should be our topic and order of the day.

Do you have any winning habits that you would like to share with us? We would love to know and love to learn. In the mean time as we develop our ‘great’ habits, i will certainly share it with all of you, my darling readers…Thanks….
With loads of love, prayers and best wishes,

Mr Mike ByanImagea MaryHillImage