There were 15 children previously being sponsored here, thanks to an organization called "Misfits for Jesus". Since Immanuel announced their partnership with Butangala, the number quickly has risen to 69, with 17 students ready for sponsorship on the website: http://www.heartsandhope.org/butangala-immanuel.html.
We spent some time working on crafts and taking pictures with the kids and then delivered the packets from their sponsors. It's hard to describe the impact this has on a child. They LOVE seeing pictures of their sponsoring families! One little girl had a bright pink headband in her packet. I was helping her look through the other contents and took the headband out and tied it around her head. I snapped her picture and showed her the result; that smile was priceless! Truly a princess.
We also spent time with the women who were all dressed in traditional Ugandan dresses; the colors popped against the brown, wooden benches they sat on. Many times there is a bigger language barrier with the women than the children so there ends up being a lot of smiling, laughing and wild gestures. I'm guessing that the message that we really do care about them somehow gets across.