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Building hope in Uganda

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Free Press photojournalist Ruth Bonneville recently returned from Uganda where she helped build a school classroom and volunteer at an orphanage run by Watoto, a faith-based organization that cares for over 25-hundred orphans in the country.

The following is an excerpt from her story that will appear in Saturday's Free Press.

Africa’s breathtaking dawn creeps over the horizon in a blaze of red light. Rickety motorbikes, rows of school children and overloaded cyclists dominate the streets, all making order of what appears to be chaos.

Our Canadian team of seven has flown from a frozen continent to build a classroom in northern Uganda, a steamy, war-torn country that has only recently glimpsed signs of peace. As we bounce around the bus, my thoughts are interrupted by an endless stream of questions for our guide.

This was my first trip to Africa and I knew instantly why people had told me travelling here can change a person. My questions would wait. Instead, I pulled out my camera and allowed the story in front of me to unfold.

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