Quite a bit has happened since my last post – all positive and inspiring, to be sure! We’ve spent the majority of our time at the Kitengeesa Community Library reading with local children, observing a training day with the women from Solar Sisters, and preparing for our own literacy program, which we will present and deliver to students at the primary school in Ibanda next week. We’ve also spent our first day at TASO, a local HIV/AIDS clinic, once again working primarily with children in the child care centre by reading, making bracelets or playing tag in the yard while they await treatment or counseling. We have been so incredibly proud of our students for the genuine interest they take in the children here in Masaka. Whenever there are kids around, which seems to be most of the time, our girls jump right into action playing games and making conversation with ease. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that these kids are over-the-top adorable and loving! I wish I could post some photos for you here because there have been many a touching moment.
Tomorrow, we head to Afri-Pads where we will work alongside some local women in Kitengeesa crafting re-usable sanitary napkins and, in the afternoon, our girls will join the Afri-Pads team as they market the product and provide some outreach to students at a nearby secondary school. On Wednesday we will head back to TASO for the morning and will spend the afternoon at a school for deaf children, which is something the girls have expressed an interest in checking out after learning a bit of sign language from one of the interns at the community library.
The weather has been really manageable, giving us cool mornings and evenings with a nice breeze at all hours of the day that serves to keep us cool when the sun gets hot. There is lots of shad and indoor space, so we have been lucky to have the means to escape the midday heat most of the time. Food has been consistent and predictable, but also quite delicious. We are on a steady diet of rice, beans, matooke (sort of like mashed plantains) and stewed vegetables. Today, though, we ate lunch at a different hotel close to the hospital that had quite a varied menu and most of the girls enjoyed some vegetable curry for a nice change. I imagine there will be many requests for salads and fresh vegetables when we get home…
That’s about all the news from our end. Things here move incredibly slowly, whether it’s the line at the bank or the internet, so I will likely not update the blog again until Wednesday evening as we prepare to leave Masaka and head out on safari. In the meantime, rest assured that we’re doing great here in Uganda and we hope all is well on your end too!