What a productive day in Kainagoga! It was packed with activity, but even with all that we had to do, we were still able to enjoy plenty of precious moments with the kids and women. Being able to turn in early for the night was also a blessing so we can catch up on some sleep.
We began the morning at 9 am sharp - also known as 7 am Africa time, according to Nicholas! A two-hour ride from Hotel Africaana brought us to our home-away-from-home, the Sunset Hotel, where we took a quick pit stop before making our way to the village.
I think we could see and hear the kids in Kainagoga a half mile before we even reached the school! We celebrated with singing and dancing programming from the students, parents, and even some of the staff! We toured the new Kainagoga library, and were able to present some new books to the teachers to add to it.
Thirteen of the checked bags were full of packets for sponsored kids this year - that’s 650 pounds worth of letters, small toys, photos, and notebooks! We enjoyed handing out over one hundred of those packets in Kainagoga. As always, the most celebrated and treasured items are the letters and photos from their sponsors. And just like American kids, Ugandan children who received fidget spinners were enamored.
Along with their packets, sponsored kids in the village received Hearts and Hope tote bags (always a hit!) and were able to decorate a picture frame and name card that will be sent back to their sponsors.
After lunch, we participated in some activities with the women and guardians in the village. Paper bead making is a popular art and way of making income for women in Uganda, so we learned how to make the perfect beads out of calendar paper wrapped around a needle, glue, and resin. Mavis had to take a remedial course in bead-making from a few of the women, but after a few false starts, she rolled the perfect bead - which was met with celebration!
Saying goodbye is always difficult, but knowing we’ll be back to the village on Thursday made this one a bit easier.
Once we were back to the Sunset, we ate a quick dinner with the staff and with Pastor Schult and Beth. and turned in early to catch up on some sleep from our travel. We’re excited to hit the ground running in Nalwire today!
Jessica Stroder - mission team member
Hearts & Hope is a nonprofit organization focused on unlocking the potential of people in Uganda through relationships with people in the US.