In a lot of ways, Ukarumpa is a great place for kids to grow up. Great schools and all your friends live within walking distance. No TV, and so kids spend a lot of time running around outside. But for teenagers, it can be kind of hard sometimes. They can learn to drive, but there is no where to go! They can’t leave the center without an adult. There really isn’t much to do.
Brian and I volunteer to be adult helpers at Hamburger Night once a school term. That means that about four times a year we come and work alongside the teens (Brian at the grill flipping burgers and me filling orders). In exchange, we get a free meal.