Monday, July 7, 2014

Two years ago the children of Kagoma Gate could not speak English, the official language of Uganda. With the building and development of the TGC Friendship School, I was amazed to see these little ones not only speaking very good English, but also reading in English, the teaching aids that I brought into their classrooms. They are like little sponges, absorbing every lesson. And they ask such good questions. What a true honor it is to watch these children and be part of their growth. And to those of you who donated the desks in which these children sit, you would be thrilled to see four of them at a time sitting, studying and learning, at the desks that bear your engraved names.

The midwife program is also growing. Elizabeth has a wonderful bond with the women in the village. She is doing a very good job educating the women on various health and hygiene issues. We were fortunate to be able to present a solar suitcase from We Care Solar, the light of which will fully illuminate the darkness of any birthing area.

The Wairaka adult education day was a great success. 60 women attended and they had many questions. We discussed health and hygiene, HIV/AIDS, first aid, small business skills, dehydration, and moringa (each woman received a sapling for home planting). We again demonstrated the solar suitcase lighting and its fetal monitor. And the new cloth diapers with waterproof coverings were met with loud cheers. The women had fun doing yoga too. Each woman left with a tote bag of soap, lotions, clothes, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and other basic needs.

The Koi Koi kids are doing so great. They are strong and beautiful and so well mannered. Ben and Pauline are doing a wonderful job with them. Pauline's baby is due any day and may arrive while we are still in Uganda.

The red dirt that never washes out of your pores, the beautiful faces of these children, the bonding with the women - how fortunate we are to be part of this experience. Thanks to all of you at home that make this possible with your warm and generous support.

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