Friday was reserved for meetings with our Hearts and Hope staff in Uganda. We met at the office in Jinja and spent the morning discussing issues presented by both the Ugandan and US staff. It was a highly productive morning and will go a long way towards improving the organization and positioning us to help even more kids.
After lunch at the Source Cafe (where we met a man from Arkansas!), we decided to make a surprise visit to Nakabango. We have been working on a little music project and we went down the side road so that we didn't attract a lot of attention. We spent about an hour working on the project under the watchful eye of around 20 kids who don't attend school. It was a nice way to end our week and a reminder of why we need to take time to meet with our staff and make plans for the future!
A thunderstorm moved in, so we left Nakabango and returned to the Sunset Hotel. Andy and I met separately with each member of the staff for the next hour and a half. We received a lot of good feedback and we each have a list of action items to bring home. Mine will be written in my notebook; Andy's will be in spreadsheet form. That's how we roll!
We went to a different restaurant for dinner. Formerly known as "Two Friends", it is under new ownership and is called "All Friends Place". It is a beautiful place and a great location to unwind after an mentally and physically exhausting week. We toasted the staff and even took a special picture to let Todd know we have been thinking about him; he had to leave Uganda earlier in the week due to a family emergency.
We rode back to the Sunset Hotel in Charles' truck with Ronald at the wheel. Such a fun night to spend with these people we have grown to know and love so much. Saying goodbye to part of the staff last night was difficult. We value each of them and love knowing we will see them again soon!
Hearts & Hope is a nonprofit organization focused on unlocking the potential of people in Uganda through relationships with people in the US.