This will be our last update from Uganda... there is a mixture of sadness and anticipation to get home in our leaving.
On Monday we headed to Kaliro, a village 3 hours from Kampala where director Ben grew up. We were able to experience life as many millions do: without electricity, without running water. Our students learned how to pump water from a bore hole, and step by step discovered how valuable water can be when you aren't able to just turn on a faucet.
Nurses Gladys and Annalynn and Dr. Brian accompanied us to the village so we could host a medical outreach. Our students led the hand washing, deworming, and wound care stations. They were able to see firsthand how simple medicines can save lives in remote areas.
We woke up on Tuesday morning to the sound of rain on the tin roof. We packed up early and drove to Jinja, where we encountered the Nile river! We were able to relax on a lunch cruise around the Nile, spotting local birds and enjoying each other's company (and yummy food!) We drove back to Kampala and enjoyed time with our CLD family.
Wednesday was a full farm day! We woke early to drive out and got our hands dirty putting wood ash and manure in an entire field. The boys also got to try out the irrigation system called the "Money Maker" while the girls learned how to shuck corn. After a delicious lunch, we headed to Thread of Life to join the weekly English class led by Florence. The class students were talking about their families this week, and it was touching for all! We were also able to help support Thread of Life by purchasing some hand made products for our friends back home.
Today we will be heading to the school to help the teachers with their geography curriculum. We are looking forward to spending one last afternoon with all the children. Tonight we will be packing, and spending one last evening with our new CLD friends. They have been very gracious hosts to us and many new friendships have been forged. We are particularly sad to be saying goodbye to our friends Leticia and Dinah, who have accompanied us most of our days in Uganda.
We are looking forward to sharing with you all we have seen and learned. Here are some brief quotes from our students:
Juan: Thank you for all the prayers! The weather here is awesome. (te quiero mucho mami)
Savannah: Love you all! I'm only coming home because I have to.
Rachel: Thank you for all the prayers. You can really see God working here and His love everywhere. I can't wait to get home!
Ethan: Thanks for the prayers!
Emily: Thank you for praying for me and the team! Mommy, charge and bring my phone please! And a ying yang drink from Fairy for Josh. To everyone else, God love you.
Via: Hey guys! Thank you for thinking of me. I'm having an amazing time here and I can't wait to be back home.