Ahhhh, we are back at our beloved Sunset Hotel International. All is right with the world!
We made the beautiful journey from Kampala to Jinja, stopped at the market for water, and headed to Kaingagoga. The school structure in Kainagoga was dedicated one year ago this weekend and it’s a thrill to see all those kids and how happy they are. Almost every sponsored student was there, even though school doesn’t begin until Monday.
The kids got to paint self portraits and enjoyed some more dental hygiene lessons, including crafts! We have some precious pictures to share. We presented 2 goats to 2 women, purchased with funds from St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Peoria. We also presented 1 offspring goat to another women; this is the how the program is supposed to work! She had received a goat in 2016 and was “paying it forward”.
In the fall, we presented 5 sewing machines to the women’s group, another project funded by St. Peter’s. Today, they took us to the staff room in the school where they had the machines all set up and had some of their creations on display! One woman is teaching the others and they have made great progress. They were so excited to share their progress with us. We met with them and watched them decorate small fabric pencil bags. They are such a fun group!
We passed out candy and were on our way. It was fun to finally be back with Pastor Paul and Beth and Pastor Scott Rische at dinner tonight. Lots of laughs – and some whole tilapia. Everyone is tired though and it was an early night for most.
We are thankful for safe travels and for the friendships made because of these trips!
Hearts & Hope is a nonprofit organization focused on unlocking the potential of people in Uganda through relationships with people in the US.