Our First Day in Uganda
First - the great news; Andy is well again and arrived at the Sunset Hotel around 1:30 this morning. Thank you, God, for giving him good health and safe travels!
Our first day began later than we expected – which is to be expected! Last night (early this morning) we agreed to leave the Hotel Africana at 10:00. At 11:30, we still had no bus and no Henry. A few minutes later, Henry arrived, apologizing profusely. It seems he had stopped by the bank to get some of our trip funds withdrawn and was told the bank had no money. This was a bigger shock to us than it was to Henry. He simply went to another branch and withdrew the funds.
We traveled to Jinja, stopping by the Hearts and Hope office to pick up 1 of the 5 boxes of candy we had asked our staff to purchase. Over 5,000 pieces!
We arrived in the village of Kaiangoga around 2:00 to the sounds of happy voices. Almost 200 students attend this extremely-dilapidated school; thankfully, the new headmaster seems to have the skills necessary to run the school well. We will be so grateful to find a partner congregation for this village of joyful, hardworking people!
We enjoyed a song/dance/drama program by the kids and then had the chance to hand out packets to the sponsored children. Smiles all around! We did a couple of projects with the kids and the women and then enjoyed lunch outside the school office.
Our "lunch" was around 5:00pm so we watched dozens of kids making the trip to the well in Kainagoga. Amazing to see how much use this well gets! Thankful to our donors for making this happen a couple of years back.
We also had the chance to dedicate and "initiate" the new latrine! No pictures available.....
We had a wonderful dinner - in the dark! It rained and the power immediately went out. Todd came to the rescue with a flashlight (see? there is a reason we put this on the packing list, teams!) Power was restored about 30 minutes later and we enjoyed a great evening with the Hearts and Hope staff.
Today, we are dividing into separate groups. Todd and Andy are meeting with the architect of the new secondary school while Crystal and I are heading out to see Betty at her school here in Uganda, visiting a secondary school in the area, and then making some home visits in the Kainagoga area.
We are grateful for the well wishes and prayers! We are indeed blessed to be a part of this work!
Hearts & Hope is a nonprofit organization focused on unlocking the potential of people in Uganda through relationships with people in the US.