Nakabango Day - always eventful! Hearts and Hope teams always seem to experience a little more rowdy crowd in this village that any other. A reflection on their partner, Messiah Lutheran in Weldon Spring, Missouri? I think not!
We drove up to the church and the lawn was dotted with kids in their bright orange uniforms. We sat in desks under a large shade tree while the kids sang their greetings for us and the headmaster and the Hearts and Hope Education Coordinator gave their reports.
We took a tour of the grounds, including the carpentry shop and sewing center and then headed back to the church building to meet with the sponsorship kids. We delivered packets and shared some projects. It's always a favorite time of mine when I get to see kids open their packets from their sponsorship famlies; I can't stress how important this is!
Next we headed to lunch in the sewing/women's center. The ladies have just recently started a catering company and had the enormous table decorated just as if this were a very special event. After Violet shared the menu, we stood up to make our way to the table. About that time, the ENTIRE buffet table fell to the floor, sending food and their new ceramic dishes crashing to the floor. We all froze for a minute and then jumped into action! We salvaged what we could and helped clean up the rest. We felt SO SORRY for the women; this was intended to be such a special day for them. They bounced back though and we enjoyed our meal together.
Afterwards, we had the privilege of presenting 7 goats to families in Nakabango. The goal is for these goats to be bred, and the offspring passed on to another family. We all loved being a part of this and thank the donors who gave to this cause at Celebrate Uganda!
In the afternoon, we had 2 totally unstructured hours. My favorite! We all just enjoyed our time - some playing football, some playing volleyball, some of the teachers in the group playing word games, etc. It is truly a time to connect with the women and kids. I treasure these times!
Dwight Bailey, a doctor who is travelling with us, had the opportunity to care for four students at the school, ranging from a fairly severe ear infection to a nasty wound that wouldn't heal. So thankful to have him along!
There was line dancing and pretzel M&M's after dinner tonight. Dwight finally got his cashew chicken so all is right with the world again!
Looking forward to a visit to Butangala tomorrow!
Hearts & Hope is a nonprofit organization focused on unlocking the potential of people in Uganda through relationships with people in the US.