Continuing the status of our projects....
Thursday, July 5: we had the Olympics day at Kiira Secondary School (High School). The olympics consisted of 7 stations manned by at least 2 team members: Jump the Nile (long jump), 3-legged race, basketball free throw, soccer, golf ball spoon race, golf, bean bag throw and a dehydration class. The kids loved it. Last year we did this at the primary school and they now incorporate these sports into their gym days at school.
After the olympics, we played a movie. For the life of me I can't remember it right now! After the movie we had a dance. We did this last year as well, this is hysterical. They love it when mizungu (white people) dance! The kids had a GREAT time.
At night, the team members that had their parents permission (if under 18) stayed the night with the secondary kids. There were 6 total that stayed: Natalie, Alvin, Katie, Deirdre, Toni, and Fletch. I will let them write about their experience, but all had a wonderful time - both the ugandan kids and the US team!
When the team did the olympics day, Mark and Emma went to Kagoma Gate to install the new sign that reads "The Giving Circle Friendship School & Soroptimist Birthing Clinic". While they were there, the villagers were digging a grave for a 1-year old that just had died of malaria. This is exactly why the clinic is SO important to saving these lives and enabling them to treat things such as this and this baby would not have died of malaria. If you look around this village and pay attention, you see that this village is dotted with little tiny graves like this one Mark and Emma witnessed.
Friday, July 6: 5 of the team members went on safari: Ann, Sarah, Kelly Q, Katelynn, and Abby. The remaining team painted the Grands house at Wairaka and we made soup for the villagers for the first time! They loved it. Soup was VERY yummy.
Saturday, July 7: Well, this day always stresses me out! We had sponsorship day in Wairaka where all the sponsored children come to the village (on our land) and we do their pictures individually, art work, hand prints, thank you notes to their sponsors and hand out the sponsor gifts. For any children where sponsors did not have a chance to send a gift, we made up bags for them.
In between, the women of wairaka cooked the food that we bought for them and we all ate the lunch. The lunch consisted of rice, beef and chicken. They were so grateful and their bellies were full this day.
After that, we held the adult education classes for 60 women. There were 4 stations: nutrition (using native fruits and vegetables), health & safety, small business skills and yoga. Yes, yoga. They LOVE this! Gifts were handed out at the yoga and health & safety classes with bags with soaps, wash cloths and other useful things.
For any of the children that are not yet sponsored, we handed out many, many t-shirts.
This was a long, HOT but SUCCESSFUL day!
Sunday, July 8: The day started going to the Wairaka church. This was great too. The Reverend ended the service with a special money collection from the members where they gifted it to The Giving Circle for visiting and for our continued support. If they had more time to prepare for our visit, they'd have made us a chicken and soda lunch (their words). But, instead, they gave us the money to buy the food for ourselves. We didn't feel right about accepting such a gift from such a poor village but Moses said we will return it to them but in a different form. Good idea!
After church, we drove to Kagoma Gate so the team could see the new sign that Emma and Mark put up during the week. The sign reads: "The Giving Circle Friendship School & Soroptomist Birthing Clinic". This was awesome. This village was declared the poorest village in all of Uganda. But after the building/completion of the school, soon to be completed birthing clinic and latrines, it will NO LONGER BE SO!
Toni and Deirdre were called over to a hut by a mother about a sick child. This child had a very, very bad infection to point that he had a hole in his cheek down to the bone of his jaw. Toni ran to get Mark. We also treated a boy for a bad cut/infection on his leg. We then gathered the team members to load back on the bus to bring this sick child to the hospital. The child was so sick, he was barely responding at all. He peed on Mark. So, we went to Kakira Hospital (the sugar cane compound hospital) as it was the closest. They refused care. The father of this child is a sugar cane cutter ($8/month salary) and his position is not high enough for them to receive care from the very company that owns the hospital and employes him. Sickening. So, we headed back to Jinja where we found an open clinic. Mark went in with the child to the doctor and he was treated (injection) and given medicine. The child needs to have x-rays Monday as the Doctor fears the infection is in his jaw bone. He also has to be back to the clinic for 5 days to be checked and more injections if needed. This is another example of the importance of the Soroptimist clinic in Kagoma Gate.
More to come. Please check out Mark's facebook pictures! I will load on the blog when we return home.
Mama Koi Koi