Working with every member of AFRICANO has been and continues to be one of the most enriching experiences I have had in a long time. Mention the name and all I envision is love, excitement, creativity and a lot of positive energy. Having been a high school teacher of literature and English, and an administrator since 1996, I have always been passionate about working with children especially the teenagers. Fine Art, Music, Dance and Drama are some of the aspects that define who I am. Leaving my career and children in Uganda was and still is one of the hardest things I have ever experienced. When I came to The United States I wondered if I would ever get the opportunity to work with children again. I was honored to be invited to work with AFRICANO. I found young interesting boys and girls who are always eager to learn and help. Their positive energy and love for each other helped awaken all the skills and talent that were dormant in me. Being one of their trainers in the “Kiganda” dance was so rejuvenating and uplifting. We have travelled and performed for various distinguished members of the community. Watching the excitement and anticipation of the audiences is an experience like no other. The spirit of AFRICANO has not died during the unprecedented crisis of the pandemic. We have continued to be creative and interact in one way or the other. I would like to extend my gratitude to the management of Africano for allowing my daughter Christiana Mirembe Ibanda and I to be part of this great institution. To the entire Africano community, “look how far you've come, keep going”. I believe with God on our side, we should continue shooting for the stars.

J.K.Rowling Said - “Happiness Can Be Found Even In The Darkest Of Times If Only Someone Remembers To Turn On The Light

Thank you Africano Waltham for turning on the light for so many and bringing happiness in the midst of fear, uncertainty and death.